Family Reunions at Sequoyah State Park

Sequoyah State Park

In the northeastern corner of Oklahoma, sits a beautiful forested state park, surrounded by water. Located on Fort Gibson Lake, Sequoyah State Park offers a huge expanse of woods, water, and shoreline for your amusement. A few weeks ago, I stayed at Sequoyah State Park for a large family reunion. This is my brief review of the park and amenities it provides.

Offering multiple activities to guests, Sequoyah State Park provides the following:

  • Camping
  • Boating
  • Swimming/Beach
  • Horseback Riding
  • 18 Hole Golf/Disc Golf Course
  • Nature Center
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Full-Service Marina (rentals)

There is also a Lodge at Sequoyah State Park, which used to be named Western Hills Guest Ranch. This hotel has over 100 rooms and suites, 44 cottages, a restaurant, meeting rooms, tennis courts, a game room, an outdoor swimming pool and splash pad, children’s activities, and a playground. The Lodge was recently renovated in 2015, designed in a manner similar to a Frank Lloyd Wright design or modern 1960’s vibe.

Here are some photos of Sequoyah Lodge:


Sequoyah State Park can also accommodate family reunions with their bunkhouse lodging. The bunkhouse sleeps 44 people in a dormitory-like setting, which is separate from the rest of the hotel. This stand-alone building next to the pool is where most of us stayed during our family reunion, including myself. (I don’t have any photos of guest rooms within the hotel, but it did receive good reviews on Trip Advisor because of their renovations.)

Here are photos of the bunkhouse:


The bunkhouse features multiple rooms with various bed arrangements, to house a variety of family sizes. There is a small men’s and women’s restroom with 2 showers and changing area. At the far end, is a great room which can easily  accommodate 50 people. Tables and chairs are provided, as well as a tv and couch. There is a small kitchen in the center of the great room and 2 grills sit just outside the bunkhouse doors.

For those staying here, we were given an assortment of towels that were replenished during our stay. A small coffeemaker was located in the room, as well as an open closet (no doors), dresser, flat screen TV, and a table and chair.

From my standpoint, this bunkhouse is much better for young people, even though it houses families for reunions well. The bunkhouse showed its age in the bathroom and in the quality of the mattresses and linens. Also, I was disappointed that there was no wifi in the bunkhouse. I was told wifi was available in the lodge’s lobby but it was mediocre at best. (Fortunately, my cell coverage with AT&T was great.) It is however, affordable housing for large groups of people. I was happy to see that rooms had good air conditioning (despite being older units), as it was very hot during our stay.

The Sequoyah State Park’s disc golf course, which is located within the golf course, was the only amenity of the park that I visited. Despite the obviously painted greens, the golf course was nice and had scenic views of Fort Gibson Lake. Although I did not wander into the marina, horseback riding area, or nature center, the overall appearance of these areas was favorable and welcoming.

Sequoyah State Park
Sunset on Fort Gibson Lake at Sequoyah State Park


Sequoyah State Park is approximately:

  • 1 hour (50 miles) from Tulsa
  • 15 minutes (10 miles) from Wagoner
  • 30 minutes (20 miles) from Tahlequah

So if you’re looking for a large gathering space in the area, you might want to try Sequoyah State Park and Lodge.  With many outdoor things to do in a quiet and beautiful setting, Sequoyah State Park might be your perfect escape!

Sequoyah State Park Lodge bunkhouse


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