Birders trek to loon central at Lake Tenkiller

Posted: February 27, 2018 at 1 a.m.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/FLIP PUTTHOFF Pooja Panwar of Fayetteville sees loons through her spotting scope during a visit Jan. 26 2018 to Lake Tenkiller in northeast Oklahoma. The big reservoir attracts flocks of loons and other waterfowl that can be seen during winter and early spring.
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NWA Democrat-Gazette/FLIP PUTTHOFF Pooja Panwar of Fayetteville sees loons through her spotting scope during a visit Jan. 26 2018 to Lake Tenkiller in northeast Oklahoma. The big reservoir attracts flocks of loons and other waterfowl that can be seen during winter and early spring.

There's more to the graceful form of a swimming, diving loon than just a pretty song.

Visit Lake Tenkiller

Lake Tenkiller is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reservoir located about 70 miles southwest of Fayetteville near Cookson, Okla. Fishing, camping, boating and lodging are available at the 13,000-acre lake. Lake Tenkiller has 130 miles of shoreline.

The lake was built in the late 1940s with a dam on the Illinois River. It is named after the Tenkiller family who operated a ferry where the dam is today.

Source: Staff report

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