BENDING WATERS,PRIVATE ESTATE ON ILLINOIS RIVER @ THRESHOLD OF LAKE TENKILLER

Ken Lightcap

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Sleeps13
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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BENDING WATERS,PRIVATE ESTATE ON ILLINOIS RIVER @ THRESHOLD OF LAKE TENKILLER

Tenkiller Lake Estate Rental Photos and Description

Home, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, 3 Fireplaces (Comfortably Sleeps 13)

(PLEASE REVIEW OUR NEW VIDEO ABOVE) This beautiful modern home is 3800 square feet where rustic charm is combined with contemporary elegance that comfortably sleeps 13 people. It comes complete with 3 bedrooms, 2 and 1/2 baths, and 2 family rooms with wood burning fireplaces that overlook the river and walk out to a deck. The master bedroom comes complete with a private 2 person Jacuzzi, large walk in shower with body sprays and large rain-head, gas fire place and deck with sights and sounds of the river below. The kitchen is fully equipped with an eating area that has a fabulous view of the river complete with hearth room, fireplace and television. A formal dining room is adjacent to the living room on the main floor. A gas grill is just off the kitchen on a 2-level deck. Every room has large windows that overlook the river and the private wooded acreage.

This peaceful home is a true retreat with wildlife such as humming birds, eagles, deer, turkey, squirrel and lots of fish such as crappie, trout, bass, catfish and more. The best sand bass fishing in the area is right in your back yard!

This quiet home sits in the midst of thousands of acres of corps of engineers land. The road is paved all the way to the house with 900 feet solid rock drive to the home. A koi pond with water fall and lilies welcome you to a place of serenity, relaxation and peace.

This beautiful home I call, Bending Waters, is nestled in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, surrounded with dogwood forests, hilly terrain and beautiful foliage from spring through fall with the Illinois River coming through the back yard of the wooded acreage. I know you will enjoy your stay as you soak in as much of the relaxation and fun that you have time for while remembering what else there is to offer that can be experienced in your next trip to our home, Bending Waters!

Illinois River:

Our back yard is on the scenic clear waters of the Illinois River providing opportunity for fun, adventure and photography! There are many outfitters along the river that provide (or you may bring your own) kayak, canoe or raft to enjoy 70 miles of floating where you will observe scenery of the Ozark hills, high bluffs, rocky islands, medley of wildlife and dense forests by way of the river. shuttle services are available through most of the outfitters.

Fishing:

Year-round fishing is good with black bass, white bass, striped bass, crappie, channel and flathead catfish, bream and walleye, with rainbow and brown trout stocked in the Illinois River below the dam. Three heated fishing docks offer winter fun for crappie fishing. Lake Tenkiller is popular for fishing tournaments. Fishing is a year-round activity with each season producing its own fun! More than 70 species of fish have been found in the waters. Classes are available for fly-fishing, lure tying and guided fishing trips.

Lake Tenkiller:

This peaceful home is just .5 mile from Lake Tenkiller which is the clearest body of water in Oklahoma. It is nearly 13,000 acres of water and over 130 miles of shoreline. This beautiful lake provides a wide variety of boating activities that cover sailing, water skiing, wakeboarding, inner tubing, and cruising, lounging, fishing and jet skiing. There are many secluded coves to anchor into and enjoy a day on the lake. The sunsets and clear night skies are perfect for stargazing and romance. There are full service marinas on the lake that provide fuel, snacks, and swimwear and water toys. Several marinas rent pontoons, ski boats and wave runners. Four of the marinas serve as floating restaurants.

Scuba Diving:

Scuba Park is a diver’s dream with clear waters from 8-30 feet. You will see sunken vehicles, planes, boats, remains of homesteads and artifacts left behind before the lake was formed that give divers a glimpse of history. The lakes underwater terrain ranges from sloping hills to rock cliffs, and the water goes up to 165 feet in places. Some divers go spearfishing! Two diving pro shops are located on the lake offering training, certification and equipment rental.

Hunting:

Approximately 2,590 acres of project land are licensed to the Oklahoma Dept. of Wildlife conservation for a State Game Management Area. Principal game species include whitetail deer, bobwhite quail, wild turkey, mourning dove, duck, geese, cottontail rabbit and squirrel.

Golfing:

Cherry Springs Golf Club, a scenic championship course, is located north of Tenkiller Lake on the southern edge of Tahlequah. Tenkiller Golf Club’s championship course plays through a hardwood forest on the southeast corner of Tenkiller Lake.

Nature and Hiking:

There is a wide variety of outdoor recreational opportunities for bird watching and wildlife observation. You will see migratory geese, ducks and other waterfowl. Winter time is an excellent time to view bald eagles, bobcats and whitetail deer. White pelicans come in the fall. Elk, deer, turkeys, bobcats, squirrels, bald eagles, rabbits and owls can be seen. Spectacular rock formations, huge boulders, high bluffs and natural springs are enjoyed. Programs from bird watching to tree identification to animal habitat are scheduled activities. The following places can be accessed by foot and some by horse or mountain bike: Tenkiller Valley Recreational Area, Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge, Cookson Game Refuge, Tenkiller State Park Nature Center, Standing Rock Nature Trail, Buzzard Roost Trail at Cato Creek Landing and Overlook Nature Trail located at the Tenkiller Dam Overlook.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Ken Lightcap (Owner)
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About Ken Lightcap

I love coming and literally smelling the roses of our bending waters estate. I live very busy and demanding live that I truly love. For me, there is nothing like coming here because this is a beautiful serene place where the stresses of life just seem to float away down the river. The majestic views from our beautiful home inspire my creativity and romance while rejuvenating my souls. Living on the land and enjoying the scenic clear waters is refreshing and exhilarating, while providing lots of fun and adventure for me and my entire family. As I leave this safe harbor, I am always strengthened and rejuvenated to face the stormy sea of life once again!

Ken Lightcap purchased this estate in 2002

Why Ken Lightcap chose Tenkiller Lake

I discovered this sublime secluded piece of property that inspired me to personally design, build and furnish my dream home to complement the beauty of God's majestic handiwork in this place of serenity. This elegant home I call, Bending Waters, is nestled in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, surrounded with dogwood forests, hilly terrain and beautiful foliage from spring through fall with the scenic crystal clear waters of the Illinois River boarding the back of the wooded acreage.

What makes this estate unique

Bending Waters is a private retreat of vegetation and wildlife where you can enjoy the beauty and sounds of nature. This is a place of refreshing tranquility and peace! We like taking our kayaks to the water's edge of our back acreage for a brisk ride down the river to Lake Tenkiller, just 1/4 mile away. The lake provides lots of fun, adventure and excitement for the whole family! I know you will enjoy your stay as you soak in as much of the relaxation and fun that you have time for while remembering there is more to offer that can be experienced in your next trip to our amazing home, Bending Waters!

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Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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Reviews

4.6
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Bending Waters,Private Estate On Illinois River @ Threshold Of Lake Tenkiller
average rating of 4.6153846 based on 13 reviews
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Bending Waters,Private Estate On Illinois River @ Threshold Of Lake Tenkiller
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p468139vb
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Tenkiller Lake Oklahoma
5

Born on the Fourth of July!

  • 5 of 5
My family of 5 adults and 7 kids book this wonderful home every Fourth of July. It is such a special place and means so much to our family that we return each year for much needed rest and bonding with our family. The house is stunningly located on a clear, gentle flowing river which all ages of our kids (5 to 14) find delightful to swim in. It is easy, fun, and safe (small kids always have life jackets though, regardless!) to access via Kayak from the short distance to the boat ramp (half a mile to boat ramp). We just load the Kayak's in the van with the seats down, and the kids are in the water in no time. Sometime they prefer to swim at the boat ramp area itself as it has beautiful cliffs and clear water with plenty of fish jumping out of the water. We are excited to hear that the owners are approaching the Core of Engineers to allow further access to the river, but we have no problems in getting to any point of the river our kids want. As for the house, it is equal to this beautiful setting and sits like a Norman Rockwell painting on the bluff overlooking the river. Look for the rare, beautiful chartreuse and white Luna Moth which flies up and down the river at the back of the house. It can be seen at sunset and is so large that it can be seen from the deck of the house. For those who don't know....Luna Moth's are very rare to find as they are becoming extinct due to loss of habitat, but there is no loss of habitat, for wild life or man, at Bending Waters.
  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
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Bending Waters,Private Estate On Illinois River @ Threshold Of Lake Tenkiller
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p468139vb
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Tenkiller Lake Oklahoma
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
5

Awesome

  • 5 of 5
The house is beautiful, it is so peaceful. I would love to go back in the late fall, winter, or early spring and take advantage of the awesome fire places. We enjoyed fishing and using the kayaks. Be sure to take games, we got rained in one day, and toys for little people. We had 9 people (11 for a couple of nights) and there was plenty of room. I was glad we had taken extra lawn chairs, we had breakfast outside most mornings.
  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Bending Waters,Private Estate On Illinois River @ Threshold Of Lake Tenkiller
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p468139vb
-4029848457
Tenkiller Lake Oklahoma
Overland Park
2

Description of water access very misleading.

  • 2 of 5
This home is beautiful with lots of room. The pictures did give good representation of the house. This is our 8th VRBO rental. It's the first time I've needed to clean the refrigerator and cabinets before putting stuff away. We were told to run hot water through icemaker before it would work. One of burners on stove did not work. The fish pond was full of algae as pump wasn't working. There was both Poison Ivy and Poison Oak on steps around the pond. We were given instuctions to enter through garage with keypad which wasn't working.

Our biggest disappointment was water access. I always ask about a beach that is accessible for small children ( 5 kids 8 and under.) Besides number of bedrooms, water access is our main requirement for a vacation home. I was told in January that Horse Shoe Bend was short walk with great swimming area. "Plus the river right behind the house is a wonderful round river rock bottom swimming area." That may be true but we couldn't get to the river. In fact a week before we went (after we read another review about water access) we were told that we shouldn't get to river behind the house and that it is controlled by Dept of Engineers.

During this conversation I was also told that Horseshoe Bend was about a four block walk. It was atleast a mile. There was no good entry for little kids except the boat ramp, which said "No swimming". When I talked to the owner next morning he said people usually hauled the canoes to somewhere they could get into water, and float to area behind the house. This is not how it was presented before I signed contact and made payment. That would probably be fine for teenagers and adults; but, not appropriate for small children.

During this conversation the owner agreed to give us a refund; but then refused when I followed up when we got home. We did have a good time; but water events (swimming, rafting, boating) required that we load up and go somewhere. We are a family that spends most of vacation outside and on water. It was very disappointing.
  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Bending Waters,Private Estate On Illinois River @ Threshold Of Lake Tenkiller
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Tenkiller Lake Oklahoma
oklahoma
4

remote beauty

  • 4 of 5
The home and grounds are wonderful and private. with wonderful views in every room.
  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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Bending Waters,Private Estate On Illinois River @ Threshold Of Lake Tenkiller
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Tenkiller Lake Oklahoma
Olathe KS
5

Beautiful views

  • 5 of 5
Home is beautiful, roomy, and perfect for relaxing and getting away from everything. Beautiful views were perfect for renewing the spirit. Property owner was great to work with.
  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Donna so glad you and your family and friend found your stay enjoyably and relaxing that has always been our goal to have our guest leave our home with their lives rekindled, their sprit fully charged, and a smile in their heart.
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Ken Lightcap
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Bending Waters,Private Estate On Illinois River @ Threshold Of Lake Tenkiller
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Tenkiller Lake Oklahoma
hinton
4

vacation

  • 4 of 5
Very nice place just needs better access to river other than that awesome I will definitely go back
  • Submitted: May 25, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Jared than you so much for your kink words we are thrilled you enjoyed you stay and we are working with the Corp of Engineers to get a permit that will allow to improve the access to the River across their property.

Sincerely
Ken Lightcap
Owner
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
68 Miles
Tulsa International Airport,
Nearest Barpub
9.5 Miles
TBones Steakhouse
Nearest Golf
10.4 Miles
Cherry Springs Golf
Nearest Motorway
4.7 Miles
Oklahoma Highway 82
Nearest Restaurant
12.7 Miles
Jincy's Kitchen
Nearest Beach
0.7 Miles
Horseshoe Bend Boat Landing & Park
Car: necessary

Take a step back in time to the orginal location used in the Classic Movie 'Where the Red Fern Grows' at Jincy's Kitchen & General Store For Yummy Home Cooking.

We are 10 miles South East of Tahlequah on the North end of Lake Tenkiller.

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Availability & Rates

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Tenkiller Lake Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer Rate
Mar 1 2014 - Oct 31 2014
3 night minimum stay
$299
From
$349
Fri,Sat
$1,883
$6,870
 
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 26 2014 - Nov 29 2014
4 night minimum stay
$1,347
Flat fee
 
 
Christmas
Dec 24 2014 - Dec 27 2014
4 night minimum stay
$1,347
Flat fee
 
 
Memorial Day (First night: 05
May 23 2015 - May 26 2015
4 night minimum stay
$1,347
Flat fee
 
 
July 4th (First night: 07/03/2
Jul 2 2015 - Jul 5 2015
4 night minimum stay
$1,796
Flat fee
 
 
Labor Day
Sep 4 2015 - Sep 7 2015
4 night minimum stay
$1,347
Flat fee
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$269
From
$299
Fri,Sat
$1,603
$5,670
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $145
Pet Fee $145
Refundable damage deposit $295
Tax Rate 6.25%
Notes The non refundable Cleaning Rental rates apply to parties of 6 or less

A additional cleaning fee of $10 per person for parties of more than 6 will be added to the $145.00 base cleaning fee

Pet outside only (Require an additional $300.00 Deposit)

No Smoking

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Amenities

Tenkiller Lake Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , 2 Lavatory, 2 Person Jacuzzi, Shower W/ Rain Head/ Body Jets
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Lavartory
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , 2 Lavatory
  • Master Bath with 2 people Jacuzzi overlooking the river, walk in shower with 3 water jets and rain shower, toilet, double sink and mirror Half bath on main floor with toilet and lavatory Full bath on lower level with Jacuzzi tub and shower combo, toilet and 2 lavatories with mirror
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Comfortable memory gel foam
    Bedroom 4 - Bunk Bed With 1 Double & 1 Twin
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Trundle - 2 Twin
  • Master Bedroom is on main floor: I king - comfortable memory gel foam Bedroom 2: 1 Queen Bed memory foam gel 1 Twin Bed Bedroom 3: 1 Queen Bed 1 Trundle (2 Twin) 1 Twin Bedroom 4: Private sleeping nook: Bunk Bed With 1 Double 1 Twin
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
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