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Bending Waters Private Estates on Illinois River @ Threshold of Lake Tenkiller

Park Hill, OK, USA
  • Estate3800 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps13
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay2 - 5 nights

Beautiful Home, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, 3 Fireplaces (Comfortably Sleeps 13)

Bending Waters is located on five private wooded acres just steps away from the beautiful Illinois River at the threshold of Lake Tenkiller. 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 4 bedrooms, 2 and 1/2 baths, and 2 family rooms with wood burning fireplaces that overlook the river with 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.


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.


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.


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.

Hello to all our New & Past Bending Water Guests

In this, our fifth season at Bending Waters, we want to inspire you to come have the Time of Your Life at our Ozark Mountains Beautiful Illinois River Getaway. This year’s contest winner will be receiving a free three-night stay at Bending Waters Vacation Estates for a Fall Foliage Holiday Festival starting November 2nd departing November 5th, 2018.

Whether you are coming for the tranquility of sitting on the back deck overlooking the beautiful river below. What about hiking, biking, or four wheeling the property & connected Horseshoe Bend Park Area; or, having big fun kayaking, swimming, or fishing in the lower Illinois River below? How about launching a boat and jet ski just two minutes from the house on Beautiful Lake Tenkiller or taking the short drive to join the hundreds and hundreds of people that party on the upper Illinois River every weekend?

We want you to leave your problems, worries, and concerns behind and cast off all your reservations, shed your inhibitions and swing for the fences on your vacation this year at Bending Waters. Remember, our giveaway this year is designed to inspire couples, gathering of friends, or family groups to post those outstanding stories and pictures about your stay this year. As this year’s winners, you will be invited back for a three-day Fall Foliage Festival Holiday all on us at Bending Waters for this year’s Time of Your Life Vacation Giveaway. All you have to do to be eligible to win this year is:

1. Book at least a three night stay this year before the end of October.

2. Plan & execute a magnificent vacation involving your entire group

3. Share your stories, pictures, or videos on VRBO/HomeAway or BendingWaterVacationRentals on Facebook.

If you have Questions:

Call (918)931-1574

E Mail kenksu@yahoo.com

Hurry-reserve soon for this year’s best dates at:

Bending Waters Vacation Rentals.

Ken Lightcap



Ken Lightcap

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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 Park Hill

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!


    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, Comfortable memory gel foam
      • Bedroom 2
        1 bunk bed, Trundle with 2 Twin Beds
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen, 1 twin/ single, Lower Level with walk in closet
      • Bedroom 4
        1 queen, 1 twin/ single, Lower Level with walk in closet
      • Master Bedroom is on main floor
        I king - comfortable memory gel foam Bedroom 2: 1 Trundle Bed with 2 twin Beds Bedroom 3: 1 Queen Bed memory foam gel 1 Twin Bed Bedroom 4: 1 Queen Bed 1 Twin Private sleeping nook: Bunk Bed With 1 Double 1 Twin


      • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, 2 Lavatory, 2 Person Jacuzzi, Shower W/ Rain Head/ Body Jets
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, combination tub/shower, jetted tub, 2 Lavatory
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, Lavartory
      • 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

      Location Type

        • Mountain View
        • Rural
        • Water View
        • Waterfront


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Iron & Board
                    • Air Conditioning
                    • Fireplace
                      2 wood burning and one gas with remote
                    • Garage
                      3 Car Garage
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                      With two couches and fire place
                    • Parking
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine


                        • Coffee Maker
                          Coffee Bean Grinder, Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Dishes & Place-Settings for 16
                        • Dishwasher
                          New whisper quit Whirlpool Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          Kitchen is L-shaped with main island seating 3.
                        • Microwave
                          New Whirlpool Microwave Warming Drawer
                        • Oven
                          Double Ovens
                        • Pantry Items
                          Mixer, Assorted Bakeware, Automatic Bread Machine
                        • Refrigerator
                          Sidesidby side with Icemaker
                        • Stove
                          Gas Cooktop and Gas Grill on Patio
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Breckfast Nook with table and chairs for 4 Counter top with 3 chairs and Formal Dinning Room with table and 6 chairs with room for 6 more chairs which are available
                            • Dining Room
                            • comfy seating for 14 people


                                • DVD Player
                                  Large Selection of DVD's
                                • Games
                                  Horseshoe Pit with shoes
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Stereo
                                • Television
                                  2 flat screen TV's
                                • Video Games


                                    • Balcony
                                      with two small tables and four chairs
                                    • Bicycles
                                    • Boat
                                      Boat Ramp 1/4 mile from Property Jet Ski Additional Rental
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Golf
                                      Cherry Springs Golf Club Tenkiller Golf Club
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      For Additional Rental
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Lilly and Koi Pound (circulates only in summer months)
                                    • Outdoor Grill


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Hot Tub
                                              2 person jacuzzi


                                                • marina
                                                • churches
                                                • festivals
                                                • library
                                                • live theater
                                                • cinemas
                                                • 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

                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • basketball court
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • fly fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • golf privileges optional
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • hunting
                                                            • ice skating
                                                            • jet skiing
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • pier fishing
                                                            • rafting
                                                            • rock climbing
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                            • skiing
                                                            • snorkeling
                                                            • snorkeling/diving
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • water skiing
                                                            • water tubing
                                                            • wind-surfing

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              50 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Colorado meets Oklahoma

                                                              Ruth Ann K.

                                                              Every year my family located through-out Oklahoma and Colorado meet at Bending Waters for the 4th of July. It is such a wonderful bonding experience for all, that it was observed that the younger generation now coming up, think the 4th of July IS Bending waters....While the rest (aka older) of us have a more diverse 4th of July memory bank, none can recall one enjoyed as much as those spent at Bending Waters.

                                                              Thanks Ken for keeping the property in such great shape that it is a respite for all who visit, regardless of age!


                                                              Rebecca H.

                                                              We had an amazing time with our family at Bending Waters. It was so relaxing and beautiful. We will definatley be back in the summer!

                                                              Bending Waters is an ideal place for a relaxing family getaway or a family gathering.

                                                              john k.

                                                              My family thoroughly enjoyed Bending Waters. Ken has thought of everything to make staying at Bending Waters feel like you are staying at your home away from home.

                                                              My family stayed at Bending Waters for a vacation getaway and also used the house to host a family gathering. Over 50 people attended the family gathering and the house was perfect for the event. Everyone enjoyed themselves and there was more than enough room for everyone to find a place to enjoy. The kitchen was laid out perfectly for those traveling from out of town who needed to prepare food. There are several gathering places for people to sit and visit and enjoy the beautiful view. Several of my family members told me they hope we make the family gathering at Bending Waters a yearly event.

                                                              Beautiful property

                                                              Rachel C.

                                                              We had a lovely surprise party in this cozy, yet roomy riverside cabin. We enjoyed cooking and walking down to the river for our short stay.

                                                              Loved it. Great view. Awesome!!

                                                              Richard S.

                                                              Had a bald eagle land in a tree right off back deck! God Bless America!

                                                              bending water vacation

                                                              Jim t.

                                                              This was my 4th rental in sites of this type and it was by far the Best. I would move in!.

                                                              Jim Tyler


                                                              Park Hill, OK, USA

                                                              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.

                                                              Rates & Availability

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Cleaning Fee
                                                              Pet Fee
                                                              Additional Guest Fee
                                                              Damage Deposit
                                                              Tax Rate

                                                              Check in time is 4:00 PM on the date of your arrival Check out time is 11:00 AM on the date of your departure No Smoking allowed in the House 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 $140.00 base cleaning fee An additional charge of $30 per guest over the 13 guest maximum will be charged An additional pet fee of ($150.00) is required with ($50) withheld for the refundable deposit for each additional pet Any items left can be returned to you by mail with a $50.00 return fee

                                                              50 Reviews
                                                              Excellent 4.7/5
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