Boating is one of the most refreshing things to do in northeast Oklahoma beneath the blazing summer sun. 

It’s relaxing to feel your hair blowing in the wind. It’s exhilarating to hit the throttle and propel through the water at amazing speeds. You can go as fast or slow as you like. 

You might prefer zipping across a lake in a sleek and aerodynamic speed boat. Another day, you might fancy a lazy float trip on the Illinois River with friends and family. You might dive in and explore the hidden depths of Lake Tenkiller with your handy scuba gear. For a little exercise outside of the gym, just rent a kayak or a canoe and propel yourself through the water on your own strength.

There are extraordinary waterways in Cherokee Nation that create a diverse and fun selection of outdoor recreation for young and old alike. Whatever your pace, the local boating options promise to deliver pure fun. 

There are, naturally, a few things to remember when boating. This page provides links to many resources for proper boat safety—including a link for how to earn a Boater Education Certificate, which is required in Oklahoma to operate your boat.

So, kick back, cool off and check out everything here to keep you and your family happy on Oklahoma’s many waterfronts.

And if you’re a Cherokee Nation citizen living within the 14-county tribal jurisdiction, why not register your boat through the Cherokee Nation tag office? It’s simple, fast and affordable.