Lake Tenkiller Outing

Join the Diving Rebels at Oklahoma’s Tenkiller State Park on July 21–23 for a weekend of camping, diving, and fellowship! The club has reserved and paid for three campsites for Friday and Saturday night in the Fox Squirrel Campground (sites 53, 54, and 55). All three sites have water and electrical hookups, and we can put two camping setups on each site. We will have to put any additional campers on a tent site if they are available. There will be an outing meal share on for a Saturday night and Sunday morning meal—all other meals are on your own. I do need volunteers to help with both meals, so if you can help out, please let me know. Remember that the club reimburses volunteers for the food (minus their portion of the meal share) and that you can earn extra DRIFT points for volunteering to help at the outing. For more information about the outing or to volunteer to help, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (817) 723-6983.

Known as Oklahoma’s “heaven in the hills,” Tenkiller State Park offers a peaceful getaway in beautiful Green Country. Guests will enjoy an abundance of recreational opportunities on Lake Tenkiller as well as in the park, including swim beaches, a swimming pool, a children’s fishing pond, hiking trails, and more. Rent a one-, two-, or three-bedroom cabin, or claim a spot in one of Tenkiller’s 10 campgrounds. Plan your trip to Tenkiller State Park, and use the overview at the following website as an insider’s guide to where to camp, where to swim and what to see during your Lake Tenkiller vacation: For additional information about the park, see the material at and .

The park, of course, features Lake Tenkiller. The lake has a new scuba dive park ( that features underwater attractions, secure campsites, and clean facilities. Divers from Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, and all surrounding states have long labeled the crystal clear waters of Tenkiller as their destination of choice. The mildly sloping hills and rock cliffs are not confined to the land; they provide an intriguing underwater terrain down to 165 feet, making Tenkiller one of the deepest lakes in the area.

The lake offers the perfect environment for every diver from novice to the most adept instructors. There are a few dive shops to choose from to obtain a certification, rent or purchase equipment, or find out where to explore. Tenkiller offers an assortment of wonderful diving possibilities. There are several islands that are superior dive sites for discovering overhangs so dramatic that they could pass for caves or for partaking in spear fishing for any fish that is not a game fish. There have been catfish speared as large as 65 pounds!! Remember, though, to obtain an Oklahoma fishing license before heading down if you want to try your luck spear fishing!


Tenkiller State Park

8 miles north of Gore on Highway 100

Vian, OK 74962

Phone:   (918) 489-5641

               (918) 489-5643

Tenkiller State Park in Vian is located on the southeast side of 
Lake Tenkiller:

  • If arriving from the west, take I-40 to Exit 287, and follow Highway 100 N through the towns of Webbers Falls and Gore. Continue on Highway 100, and cross over the dam into the park.

  • If arriving from the east on I-40, take Exit 297. Drive north for 10 miles on Highway 82 where you’ll cross through Vian. Turn left onto Highway 100, and drive three miles south to the park.

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Arctic Dive/Wine and Cheese Contest

February 25–26, 2017

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The Diving Rebels will join with the Scubadillos, the Texas Tortugas (Adventure Scuba’s dive club), and any other interested divers and nondivers for the annual Arctic Dive/Wine and Cheese Contest on February 25–26, 2017. This event will take place at the Marietta Landing campground area at Lake Murray State Park, about 24 miles north of the Texas border and 7 miles northeast of Marietta, OK.


There will be a number of activities associated with the outing. For those hardy souls with thick wet suits and with dry suits, the pool (lake) will be open for diving. We’ll dive on an ad hoc basis, with no certain times scheduled for diving. Talk to other Diving Rebels or Scubadillos who will be diving, and coordinate your dive schedule with them.


As in previous years, we’ll have a silent auction throughout the day on Saturday during which participants can bid on that item that is missing from their dive gear inventory or that is needed for a backup. If you have gear that has been lying dormant in your garage or storage shed and you’d like to have your dive club reap the revenue gained by the sale of that item, please consider donating it for the silent auction. We’ll note the donor’s club on each item, and that club will receive the money generated by the sale. You can bring items on Saturday, February 25, or, if you won’t be able to attend the outing but would like to donate nonetheless, you can bring them to the February dive club meetings or contact me at (214) 641-6013 to arrange for them to be picked up. We anticipate that, as in past years, we’ll have some great items in the auction provided by one or more dive shops. Any unsold items will be rolled into the raffle drawing that we hold in the evening, which will also provide some great diving-related treasures for the taking. The raffle will also include dive shop gift certificates; other general use dive-related items; and, as a special prize, an annual pass to Clear Springs Scuba Park valued at $350.


After a hiatus of a few years, Elizabeth Neumann will again be coordinating Saturday dinner, which we’ll plan to serve at approximately 5:00 pm; she’ll provide the main dish of pulled pork, and the club will provide side dishes and dessert. To assist in meal planning and preparation, we’re asking attendees to purchase tickets. Through February 20, each ticket costs $10. After that date and at the event, each ticket costs $15. You can obtain a ticket at the February club meetings and also by contacting me at (214) 641-6013. I’ll hold your ticket if you can give me a firm commitment for attendance.


After dinner, we’ll start our wine and cheese contest. So scour your wine cellar or favorite liquor store to bring your best/worst red and white wines that will be judged by an erudite panel of vintner wannabes who will closely taste and scrutinize the entries for bouquet, flavor, clarity, and all such hoity-toity wine things. We’ll award “winner” gift certificates for first prize for the best red and white wines. We’ll also award a “loser” gift certificate for the worst wine. After the wine contest, we’ll choose the best cheese, and the winner will also win a gift certificate (no entries for worst cheese, please!!). We need judges for both contests, so if you are not a contest participant or related to a contest participant and would like to judge, please let me know.


Assuming and hoping that there won’t be a fire ban, we’ll plan to have a rip-roaring bonfire going most of the day and well into the night. So if you have some wood/old fencing that you would like to rid yourself of, please consider bringing it along. I plan to bring my typical trailer load of wood.


Those wishing to spend the night at the park have several options. Rooms at the Lake Murray Lodge as well as cabins are available for rental. To reserve a cabin or a room at the lodge, call toll free (800) 257-0322 or direct line (580) 223-6600 (Lake Murray State Park Trailer and tent camping is available on a first come, first served basis. 





The 15th Polar Bear Dive at CSSP will be held on January 1st. This year, the Polar Bear Dive is an official Rebels outing and we want it to be bigger and better than ever. There is a contest for the best Polar Bear Design and the winner will receive a 2016 season pass to CSSP.

The dive entry fee will be $30.00 and that covers everything for divers, observers fee is $5.00. Sign up will start at 10:00 AM Breakfast will be served compliments of Grapevine Scuba. The Bears will start entering the water at 11:00. All diving will end at 12:00PM promptly and awards will be handed out.


2016 Award Categories
BestPolar Bear Design
The winner receives a 2016 Season pass!
Our member, Travis Wells, won this award last year!

Best Represented Dive Shop
Awarded to the Dive Shop with the most Divers in the water.
The winner receives one year banner space on CSSP!

Best Represented Dive Club
Awarded to the Dive Club with the most Divers in the water.
The winner receives one year banner space on CSSP!
The Diving Rebels Scuba Club has won this contest for the last 4 years! Let's make it 5 years in a row!

Beary Long Diving Award
Awarded to the diver that logs the longest single dive.

Beary Long Driving Award
Awarded to the diver that travels the longest distance to dive.

Beary Bravest Award
Awarded to the diver who logs the longest dive with just scuba, swimsuit and hood.

Beary Youngest Bear
Awarded to the youngest diver

Beary Oldest Bear
Awarded to the oldest diver

Beary Wimpy Award
Awarded to the divers who logs the shortest dive.

Contact Jeffrey Bennett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to let him know you're coming!