Group Trip Ideas

Get Yours Kicks at Grand Lake & on Route 66

Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, Oklahoma’s most beautiful lake, is located just 6.6 miles off the historic mother road. The lake is 46,500 acres and has a surface elevation of 745 feet. As you exit Route 66 to Highway 59, in the southern area of Ottawa County, you will find the short drive provides you with the view of the state’s most breathtaking view of a body of water. The lake stretches 66 total miles across Delaware County.

Oklahoma’s stretch of historic Route 66 provides more drivable miles than any state. If you are making the famous trip and traveling east-to-west, you will enter the state from the Kansas border into the towns of Quapaw and then Commerce. When you reach Miami, you will want to stop and take a tour of the historic Coleman Theatre Beautiful. It is a 1929 vaudeville theatre that has been completely restored thanks to the generous work of the Friends of the Coleman that raised millions of dollars for the remarkable renovations. As you make your way through town, you will approach the last stretch of the original 9 ft highway, Route 66 Ribbon Road. There is a historic marker on site for a photo opportunity.

Once you stop and experience that famous pavement, you will head toward Afton. Once you arrive at Buffalo Ranch, you will see the exit for Highway 59, it is a left turn and super easy. This short detour off Route 66 will provide a beautiful scenic drive around the lake, which offers 1,300 miles of shoreline. Yes…it’s that large and incredible! If you have a fisherman in your party, they will have a blast searching for largemouth bass, white bass, crappie, channel catfish, bluegill, and the rare and historic paddlefish on Grand Lake waters. Off the lake, there are exceptional recreational facilities and day rentals available from a large array of Grove Chamber of Commerce members. You can enjoy relaxing resorts and lakeside marina restaurants for shoreline entertainment.

If you choose to explore Delaware County and take a break off the mother road, contact our team at the Chamber for assistance with trip ideas, planning for overnight stays, catering and food options, and about anything else you can imagine. We welcome motorcoach bus groups, sports teams, class and family reunions, car and motorcycle clubs, casino gaming itineraries, and especially fishing groups and tournaments.


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