Settlement opens door to tribal casino at popular Oklahoma lake

A view of Lake Texoma, near the Denison Dam. Photo by Joy Stovall

Is a tribal casino coming to Lake Texoma in Oklahoma? Officials say it's possible but details are scarce.

A newly-signed settlement will result in the return of some 50 acres at the lake to the state. As part of the deal, deed restrictions that would have barred gaming have been lifted.

But no one is saying which tribe might be interested in pursuing a casino. The lake falls within Choctaw Nation and Chickasaw Nation territory and both tribes have been in talks with the state regarding their water rights.

Whoever ends up developing the land stands to see a big economic boost. The lake gets about 6 million visitors a year, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

"I am very pleased we have reset the opportunity and am optimistic that a development beneficial to the area’s economy, residents and tourists can be built sooner rather than later," Gov Mary Fallin (R) said in a press release that announced a settlement with a developer that previously planned a hotel at the lake.

The 50 acres at issue are located at the northern end of the lake. The southern portion borders the state of Texas.

The Choctaw Nation and the Chickasaw Nation operate casinos near the Texas border and both depend on gamblers from the Lone Star State.

Get the Story:
Pointe Vista settlement one step closer (The Durant Daily Democrat‎ 5/21)
Oklahoma hopes settlement will spur hotel project at Lake Texoma (The Oklahoma 5/19)
Agreement permits sale of Lake Texoma land for hotel (KXII 5/19)
Talks to begin concerning hotel at Lake Texoma (The Oklahoman 5/18)

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