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Ken Lightcap

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english

Bending Waters,Private Estate On Illinois River @ Threshold Of Lake Tenkiller

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

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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.


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.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Ken Lightcap (Owner)
Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english

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 Oklahoma

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!


based on 29 traveler reviews

Bending Waters,Private Estate On Illinois River @ Threshold Of Lake Tenkiller
average rating of 4.4827585 based on 29 reviews

Colorado meets Oklahoma

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Didn't return deposit - very unresponsive

  • 1 of 5

Our family stayed at this property in October 2015. We really enjoyed our weekend, the house is very spacious and peaceful. We had no major issues, other than the dishwasher leaked some but we cleaned it up. We recently realized that we did not get our deposit back and have called or emailed with no response. I hope that this is an error as it is the only reason I would rate this property as a 1. I hope this warrants a response.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My two boys (6 and 15) husband and I had the pleasure to stay in this beautiful, cozy yet spacious cabin for 3 nights. It was not long enough! We were greeted with the neighbors Great Pyrenees dog, who was very sweet but took my flip flop as a souvenir on the last day. Ken also was there upon our arrival to show us around the house and tell us a little about the area. We went kyaking on the second day we were there with the kyaks on premise that we rented from Ken. The steep hike down to the river from the cabin was a little stressful with a 6 year old but we made it. There is a boat ramp about a half a mile down the river which is where we were able to load the kyaks into the truck and drive back to the cabin. The kitchen had all of the amenities we needed for cooking. There is also a washer and dryer, which was very convenient so we did not have to bring a ton of laundry home with us. There is a balcony on the main upper floor that has views to the mountains and the river. The river is your back yard! There is also a lower porch that has the same terrific views. The house is set up perfectly for two families, one on the upper floor and one on the lower floor. Overall, we really enjoyed our getaway to this peaceful wilderness. I would definitely recommend to bring hiking boots if you plan on walking down to the river as it is a really steep incline and not for toddlers or elderly.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Maggie thanks for your kind words. I so enjoyed meeting you and your wonderful family and was glad you enjoyed your time a Bending Waters. Spring with the Dogwoods and the crystal clear river make this such a special time to float the river. The high water had washed out the last few steps which made the path much more challenging. The guys got path fixed again this week which will make your descent to the river much easier next time.
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Searcy, AR

My family enjoyed our 4-night visit. The house and setting are beautiful.

  • 4 of 5

The home at Bending Waters was beautiful and provided a comfortable, spacious setting more than adequate for 14 people. The missing dish washer did present an inconveniences but we were able to survive by sharing dishwashing responsibilities. All I all, it was a pleasant experience.

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jack It was so nice to meet you and your wonderful family and looking forward to seeing you all again next year. Sorry about the dishwasher but you will be happy to know it is finally working like a charm. The river and lake are now back to normal and as pretty as I have ever seen them. Will hope that next year you will be able to resume the river float trip that you all have enjoyed so much. Have a fantastic year. Ken Lightcap
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Not what I feel I paid for

  • 2 of 5

Beautiful home!! We do however have complaints. When we arrived at the house we understood it was fall, leaves a would be everywhere & the fountain wouldn't operate till spring but as a rental property and for the price it could have been cleaned up outside some (small complaint). We did our walk thru with the owner, very nice man. However... the owner informed us the the ice maker worked but dispenser didn't, ice maker nor dispenser worked. Out of 3 fireplaces were were asked not to use 2 of them. Unable to leave the property due to the owner not programming the keypad so we could get back in the house. Has 3 car garage but only able to use one ( If you can fit your car) due to the owners car and kayaks be parked. When we booked the property it said there was wifi, no wifi but did find Internet box and it appeared it was unhooked. After the owner left he called to inform us the dishwasher has a leak and we're unable to use it. Not ALL beds have the memory foam like the Website stated, master bed did. The home was clean but not clean like a rental property should be nor was the bedding. I understand all this may be small but if I am going to take my money & rent a place for my family to stay a min. Of 3 days I expect the home to be in working rentable condition. The home has grill but it don't work properly and it's rusted. The door knob downstairs broke while we opened the door so we quit using that door. The bed in the small study room on the top floor fell in while my son sat on it, may be the slats but we didn't mess with it after wards. Again small complaints but please have your home in tip top working condition if you plan on renting this to families to stay. Be honest before the place is reserved or update your page for people to have a full understanding of your properties and let them decide if they do or don't wanna stay don't wait till the renters get to the property to let us know what's going on, or after you leave. We did however have a great time as a family ( we can do this anywhere) Have a wonderful New Year.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: With this my last response for 2015, I want to thank all my guests for making this a wonderful year at Bending Waters. We have had the privilege of welcoming 37 groups this year with all but the last telling me that they truly had a wonderful experience. Beth, first of all I want to tell you how sorry I am that your adult children refused to stay because there was no Wi-Fi. The website does not show WiFi so I am surprised they would assume it would be furnished. Years ago Wi-Fi was provided but since parents & children couldn’t seem to really get away it was disconnected & with the good 3G reception vacation communication needs were met. I developed Bending Waters in this beautiful serene place for people to relax, unwind and have fun filled adventures with laughter and wonderful conversations. Along with 5 acres of beautiful forest comes LEAVES. Even with your early arrival, I did have time to clean the patios, drives, & walk's. The ICEMAKER was in working order before you arrived and still is. I only mentioned in this warm weather the FIREPLACES create more heat than the 2 AC’s can keep up with. The GARAGE does contain kayaks, bicycles & a car with hitch for the trailer. The DISHWASHER is new and under warranty & a seal was replaced. After we met I was informed the repair didn’t work so I called to let your family know. It will soon be fixed. There are 9 BEDS in the house; not all are memory foam but each bed type is accurately listed in the home’s description. I have a wonderful cleaning staff and they do a fabulous job. All CARPETS were just cleaned and I personally inspected the home just prior to your arrival. THE HOUSE WAS VERY CLEAN. The GRILL is 100% stainless steel so I am unaware of how it could rust. The push button igniter is not working but a propane igniter is provided. The trundle BED is a very sturdy wood frame bed. I have no way of knowing what happened when your son was using it. Lastly, I e-mailed you KEY CODES two days before check-in and also brought you a printed list of door code & phone numbers when you arrived. Since I provided you with both my personal & property concierge cell numbers & asked you to please call if you had any problems, it surprises and disappoints me that the only communication I received from you was after you left Bending Waters demanding a huge refund with the threat of a bad review. I hope this addresses all your complaints & you find the perfect place for your next vacation. Ken
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Beautiful home...very spacious and well stocked..

  • 4 of 5

A beautiful home , very well stocked with basics and very spacious. Great outdoor area for a campfire . The fountain was not going and the front lights didn't work and we missed that, the owner was very helpful and a pleasure to deal with. I would highly recommend this for any family gathering...

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Doris so glad you and your family had such a great time. Sorry about the water garden and fountain but in October I have to turn it off because the filters can't handle the falling leaves. Try booking sooner next season and everything out front will be turned on. Ken
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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
0.5 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.


Rates & Availability

Tenkiller Lake Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer Rates
Mar 1 2016 - Oct 3 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Memorial Day
May 29 2016 - Jun 1 2016
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
4th of July
Jul 1 2016 - Jul 4 2016
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Labor Day
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 5 2016
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $140 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $295
Pet Fee $148 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.25%

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

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
1/2 of the refundable deposit will be held for pets ($147.50)

No Smoking inside the home

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Oklahoma Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
  • 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
  • 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
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • 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
  • 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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