Chicksaw Nation to Develop New Lake Texoma Tourism Destination
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October 27, 2016
The state of Oklahoma and the Chickasaw Nation today announced plans to develop
a resort hotel and other amenities at Lake Texoma in southeastern Oklahoma.
The initial plans call for the Chickasaw Nation to construct a three-story
hotel, a restaurant and gift shop, a casino featuring up to 300 electronic games
and as many as 10 lakefront fishing/boating cottages, Chickasaw Governor Bill
Anoatubby said. The project covers 50 acres of lakefront property, overlooking
Lake Texoma and the historic Roosevelt Bridge. It also involves about 11.5 acres
of land acquired by the Commissioners of the Land Office (CLO) from the Oklahoma
Department of Tourism and Recreation.
The hotel will include a lounge and meeting rooms, an outdoor pool and
recreation area, a fitness center, gift shop, restaurant and a business center,
The project is the result of a settlement negotiated by the CLO, which worked to
bring a resolution to the property that was once home to the popular Lake Texoma
Lodge and Resort. A private developer bought the property in 2006 and the lodge
was demolished in 2009, but plans did not come to fruition. Developers blamed
the economic downturn of 2008.
"We believe this project will help launch a transformation of this area into a
major tourism and recreation attraction," said Anoatubby. "We look forward to
working with the state on a project we expect to have a positive impact on jobs
and our economy for decades to come."
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin said she has been a long-time believer in the
potential of the Lake Texoma area to be an economic driver in Oklahoma.
"This project will create jobs and revenue for southern Oklahoma while at the
same time maintaining the beauty of the site," said Fallin. "The Lake Texoma
lodge and golf course for many years were a top tourist attraction in the
region. This hotel and commercial development will be the catalyst to stimulate
significantly greater economic development in the future. I appreciate Governor
Anoatubby's vision and willingness to partner with the state of Oklahoma to
continue our joint efforts focusing on tourism in this beautiful and
strategically located part of our state."
The development will be off U.S. 70, across from the Chickasaw Pointe Golf
Course near the site of the old Lake Texoma State Lodge. Preliminary plans allow
for future expansion of the hotel and the construction of additional waterfront
The Chickasaw Nation must first apply to place the land just north of the Texas
border into trust status – a process that potentially could take several months
"If the land can be placed into trust, our intent and plan is to develop this
premier lakefront property into destination lodging and a casino," said Bill
Lance, secretary of commerce for the Chickasaw Nation.
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