Canoeing, Rafting, and Kayaking on the Illinois River
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Canoeing, Rafting, and Kayaking on the Illinois River

A Brief History

Peyton's Place Resort, Inc opened for business in May, 1968, as a restaurant and rental cabins on the west bank of the Illinois River just outside Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Starting with just a few jon boats to rent to fishermen seeking the small-mouth bass and other game fish of the Illinois River. Peyton's Place acquired canoes in the early 1970's and began service as a canoe livery for fishermen as well as recreational paddlers wanting to enjoy the scenic beauty of a true gem in the foothills of the Ozarks.

Peyton's Place was the first canoe livery operating on the Illinois River, and has continued the family-owned and operated business since that start more than 52 years ago. In about 1990, Peyton's Place acquired rafts for the benefit of those wanting a leisurely float trip down the river, and quickly expanded the line to include kayaks for individuals or groups wanting a faster paced trip down the river.

In 1996, Peyton's Place opened a bunkhouse lodge to cater to large groups seeking indoor accommodations in a common setting. The lodge can sleep up to 48 people. Two dormitory-style rooms include a large dressing area and private restrooms and showers. A meeting area, common dining area, kitchen, and a wood-burning fireplace are centrally located for those cozy fall and winter nights on the river. In 2001 a small RV park was installed in the campground and in 2011 electric tent camping sites were installed. The RV park was expanding to (19) full hook up sties in 2014.
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