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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

34 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 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 34 traveler reviews

Bending Waters,Private Estate On Illinois River @ Threshold Of Lake Tenkiller
average rating of 4.5 based on 34 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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Perfect spot to get together with friends and family!

  • 5 of 5

This luxurious home was perfect for our get together this summer. Plenty of space to relax and soak in the beauty, peace, and tranquility. We spent a lot of time out on the deck enjoying the view of the river while listening to the birds and other sounds of nature. It was great! Couldn't have asked for a better host. He met us there, gave us the grand tour, and explained how everything worked. No problems with anything. 👍𣐼􏟽

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Great stay at Bending Waters

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Bending Waters. The home is so comfortable and welcoming. Our children and their families had plenty of room and great beds. The setting and location was beautiful and we enjoyed having access to the river. Lake Tenkiller is close by and Burnt Cabins Marina is very friendly and great service. We had everything we needed to relax and then go. The owner is quite considerate and helpful if you need something. Our family can't wait to go again.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Terry thanks for you kind words it's always such a joy to me when families come together to laugh and play and I yes I think there is no place any better to accomplish that than Kayaking down the Illinois River behind the house. Next year you need to start on the Barren Fork River for a longer and more thrilling ride. Ken
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Best vacation we've ever had. Not a showcation

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, well maintained, fully equipped

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Owner's Response: Jeri so glad you and your family enjoyed your stay. Ken
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  • 4 of 5

Beautiful home and surroundings. Great place to stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Lovely property, mostly positive

  • 4 of 5

We stayed for four nights with 12 people. Overall it was a very pleasant experience. Pluses: great kitchen with good appliances and plenty of room for many people to work at the same time. Back porch is very pleasant to enjoy the birds, squirrels, and other wildlife with a great view of the river and the hills across the river. Gas grill worked well. Kayaks were very fun to use. There is a public use area about 6/10 of a mile from the house; we used the kayaks to get to a small island in the river which was great for floating and hanging out. Beds were comfortable.

Parts that weren't so great: we had problems with the air conditioner for the upper floor on 3 of the 4 nights we stayed there. We ended up getting it to work on two of those nights; we were never really uncomfortable but it was a bit warm. The second thing was that some previous guests had deposited fish guts into one of the trash bins, which by the time we got there had developed a horrible odor. It was very surprising that this wouldn't have been cleaned up before we got there. The refrigerator was also not as clean as it could have been; we cleaned it up before we put our food in.

You can get to the river from the house but it is a very steep descent. It would be helpful if a little work went into making the descent a bit easier by a little bit of hardscaping. However, with the public area so close we had plenty of access to the water, it just would have been nice if we could have accessed it more easily from the back of the house.

Overall it was a very good experience. Everyone had a great time. I would definitely recommend Bending Waters to anyone looking for a well-appointed, secluded and quiet getaway.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Vickie I’m so glad you and your family had such a wonderful time. You had a lovely group of people. I’m very happy you took the kayaks and enjoyed floating the beautiful river. It is always a family favorite. The cleaning crew puts all the trash into the 55-gallon dumpsters behind the garage and strapped down the lids. We feel like this was far enough from the house. The trash pickup is only available once a week and we have never had a complaint before. That is also why there are 30-gallon cans that are provided in the garage so you won't have to go out and deal with the dumpsters behind the garage. However, just like switching the thermostats from fan to cooling, we are just a phone call away when you have a problem. Also the steeper part of the path that is not lighted is on corps of engineer’s federal property and the rock steps that have been cut into the bank are the best they will allow. We would like to put up handrails to make the climb easier but it isn't allowed. I tell myself as I struggle to get to the top that it's really good for me, better then the stair-master, plus I don't have to pay a gym fee. Thank you for your comments. We always strive to make improvements because it's always our hope that each group has a wonderful relaxing, fun filled experience and looks forward to coming back and visiting again. Sincerely Ken Lightcap Owner
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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
Labor Day
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 5 2016
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Dec 22 2016 - Dec 26 2016
5 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Summer Rates
Mar 1 2017 - Sep 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
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

Refundable damage deposit $295
Pet Fee $150 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $140 + 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
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 ($75) withheld for the refundable deposit for each additional pet

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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