Broken Bow is located at the foothills of the Kiamichi Mountains and is home of the scenic Beavers Bend Resort Park and Mountain Fork River. Tall Pines and hard woods line the shores of the clear waters. Broken Bow is a nature lover’s dream and a popular destination year round. Take part in the many activities that one of Oklahoma’s top state parks offers, like fishing and canoeing in the Lower Mountain Fork River, boating on Broken Bow Lake and horseback riding or hiking along the David Boren Hiking Trail, one of the best trails in Oklahoma.
Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department: 580-494-6452
US Arm Corps of Engineers
Beavers Bend Resort Park: 580-494-6300
Beavers Bend can be described as Towering timbers, crystal clear waters and mountainous terrain which forms what is affectionately referred to as Oklahoma’s “Little Smokies.” With a Riverbend area featuring acres of events and recreational programs, these parks are an outdoor lover’s paradise.
Beavers Bend Resort Park and Area Activities – 14,240 Combined Lake Acres (Mountain Fork River & Broken Bow Reservoir) – 3,482 Combined Park Acres – Forest Heritage & Education Center – Naturalist – Amphitheatre – Backpacking — Biking – Nature & Hiking Trails – Boating – Water Skiing – Trout Fishing — Volleyball – Tennis
Riverbend Attractions: Swimming – Beach – Canoeing – Paddle Boating – Bumper Boating – Horseback Riding – Hayrides – Miniature Golf – Restaurant – Grocery – Gift Shop – Train Rides
These jointly-administered state parks are perched on the edge of the dammed Mountain Fork River. The dam submerged the town of Hochatown. Hochatown State Park is on the lake above the dam, Beavers Bend Resort is below. Together, they have 3,482 mountainous acres of land and 14,240 lake acres. There is a Nature Center, amphitheater, restaurant, a wealth of watersports and guided horseback riding available. The fishing is good above and below the dam, with trout streams in Beavers Bend, which are stocked every other week. The longest hiking trail is 26 miles and there are backcountry camps that give hikers a chance to get away from it all. There also are biking trails.
Numerous park areas located around the lakes give the visitor an unmatched opportunity for outdoor family fun and relaxation. Recreational facilities include boat launching ramps, camping, picnic sites, beaches, water and sanitary facilities.
Beavers Bend Marina: 580-494-6455
Web Site: http://www.beaversbendmarina.com/
Offering all types of boats including Jet Ski and Pontoon Rentals.
Hiking and Mountain Biking:
For hikers there are several options available, one is a 26-mile trail named the David Boren Trail. Hikers encounter white-tailed deer, beaver, mink, eastern wild turkey, fox, raccoon, and, of course, squirrels. Three other trails, one being the Big Oak Nature Trail, offers significantly shorter distances and may prove suitable for use by senior citizens and small children. Trails wind along the River Bend Area, among the pines, and into the mountainous terrain.
Mountain bicyclists and hikers will find 5-6 total miles of trail to enjoy. There are three loops to choose from with each getting progressively longer . This is a stacked loop system and the trailhead can be found on the west side of the Lake View Lodge’s parking lot. The smallest loop is just under one half mile in distance, while the medium loop is just over one and one half mile, and the longest loop is pushing 4 miles.
Hiking and Biking Trail Map: http://www.ouachitaadventures.com/Trails/BeaversBend/beaversbend051805.pdf
It is the kind of golf course one would imagine finding in a pristine, pine-laden wilderness. And, in fact, the 18 holes that constitute Cedar Creek Golf Course were literally carved out of the wilds (the golf course abuts the McCurtain County Wilderness Area). Fairways cascade through stands of pine, oak, and hickory and past deer, fox, and wild turkey. More than one hole offers a fine view of Broken Bow Lake and the occasional glimpse of Bald Eagles. Cedar Creek is known for its narrow fairways and wooden roughs.
Beavers Bend State Park offers the best rainbow and brown trout fishing in Oklahoma. Besides the bimonthly stocking of 3000 or more rainbow trout by the ODWC, several thousand small brown trout are released annually, some of which reach trophy size. Twenty-inch browns and rainbows are not uncommon. The park contains three miles of the ten-mile trout stream and is not affected by power generating flows, providing fishing at all times. Many areas in the park are suited for children or beginner fishermen, while other areas will challenge even the most avid fisherman. Fly fishing is very popular throughout the fishery. The stream is divided into three sections with different regulations to enhance fishing opportunities. Trout stamps, fishing licenses and regulations are easily obtained in or near the park. Three Rivers Fly Shop, which is located at Three Rivers Fly Shop offers a full line of fly fishing gear, bait, instruction and guide service, as well as advice on stream conditions. Three Rivers Fly Shop also helps sponsor the very successful Kids Fishing Days through the month of March when most kids are having their Spring Break. With breathtaking scenery, cool clear water, and abundant wildlife, this simply is one of the best family vacation areas in the state.
- Carey Thorn – Professional Fishing Guide (Fly Fishing Only) Phone: (469)528-0210, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Site: http://texasoklahomafishingguide.com/
- The Wright Guide (580)494-6109 (Trout Fishing, Small Mouth Bass, Canoe Trips, Guided Hunts)
- Moore’s Guide Service (580)494-6399 (Broken Bow Lake Bass Fishing)
- Beavers Bend Fly Shop (580)494-6071 (Trout Fishing – Beavers Bend Area)
Web Site: http://www.beaversbendflyshop.com
- Ruby’s Guide Service – (580)306-2838
- We fish for all bass species including large-mouth bass, small-mouth bass, spotted bass, and sand bass. We also fish seasonally for crappie and walleye
Glover offers about 32.6 miles of scenic beauty amid some challenging rapids and expert-level falls. The river begins in the far southwest corner of the Kiamichi Mountains between the Kiamichi River to the west and the Mountain Fork River to the east, flowing generally parallel to US Highway 259 until it reaches its Little River confluence. North of Cedar Mountain the river offers spectacular vistas that strongly resemble many you will find in Arkansas or Missouri. The river is as difficult and potentially just as dangerous in low-water conditions as it is in or near flood stage, with the best whitewater trips coming as the river has peaked at flood stage, then started dropping. Unfortunately, it drops fast, so you almost need to be there when it peaks to get the most bang for the buck.
Glover River has protected areas for wade fishing. Using low-visibility line, light tackle, small bait and careful casting you can pull an abundance of perch, smallmouth and largemouth bass and other species. Fishing is best on the upper section of the river, above the rapids and faster moving waters.
Beavers Bend Events-Things To Do
- Horseback Riding – The Beavers Bend Depot Inc. offers in-park horseback riding (580-494-6613) – Enjoy a one-hour trail ride through 2 1/2 miles of scenic terrain, with native wildlife views included. Children under five must ride double with a parent, while older children will be at ease on their own
- Train Rides – The Beavers Bend Depot Inc. offers training rides (580-494-6613) – Be sure to stop by the stables to enjoy a one-hour trail ride through 2 1/2 miles of scenic terrain, with native wildlife views included. Children under five must ride double with a parent, while older children will be at ease on their own experienced horse. In addition to the regular trail rides, hayrides are scheduled on Saturdays and can be booked for private functions.
Events: <Updated for 2018>
Enjoy Our Festivals
- May 2018
- Beavers Bend Rod Run & Cars (May, “2018 not confirmed yet”)
- June 2018
- Kiamichi Owa-Chito Festival (June, 2018 not confirmed ), Beavers Bend State Park 580-494-6497
- July 2018
- Valliant Watermelon Festival (July, 2018 not confirmed yet), 580-933-5050 (Valliant)
- October 2018
- December 2018
- McCurtain County Christmas Parade, Broken Bow 580-584-3393
- May 2018