The Pryor Times

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July 24, 2006

Blue Hole is so cooool. . .

Staying cool is important when temperatures hit above 100 degrees. One of the best places in Mayes County to cool off is in the ice cold waters of Blue Hole Park, three miles downstream from Kenwood or seven miles east of Salina on Kenwood Road.

Wanda Chancellor has owned and operated the park for 28 years. Wanda and her late husband Norman, have had lots of help from their children and grandchildren through the years, making it truly a family business. Most importantly, Wanda wants Blue Hole to be known as a family park.

Surrounded by large trees and fed by three springs, Blue Hole is a great place for families to stay cool in the summer heat. With families in mind, Wanda doesn’t allow alcohol in the 10 acre location. Her grandchildren swim there daily and it’s important to her to have a safe, fun place for others to bring their children.

The water is known for its cold temperature. Wanda’s daughter Regina Ingram said the water stays in the mid 50s through the summer. The deepest park of the water is about 12 feet. Wanda said last year it was 15 feet but with the recent drought, the water has come down. No need to worry there are plenty of shallow spots for young children to play as well.

The price is just right for a day of swimming. It costs $5 per car per day. If camping is more your speed, spend $10 to wake up close to the water. For $15 a night you get to camp with access to electricity for the night. There are also cabins to rent starting at $25 per night. There are bathrooms available at the park but no showers.

Wanda also offers a concession stand with everything from popcorn to pizza. The stand offers hamburgers, hot dogs and much more.

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