Nestled at the base of the picturesque Kiamichi Mountains, Broken Bow boasts captivating beauty. Its landscape is graced by the stunning Beavers Bend Resort Park and the winding Mountain Fork River. The tranquil shores of this area are adorned with majestic Tall Pines and hardwoods that border the crystal-clear waters, creating a serene environment.
For nature enthusiasts, Broken Bow is an idyllic haven, captivating hearts year-round. Immerse yourself in the diverse activities offered by one of Oklahoma’s premier state parks. Cast your line into the Lower Mountain Fork River for a fulfilling fishing experience or navigate its gentle currents by canoe. The vast Broken Bow Lake beckons boating aficionados, while adventurers can explore the scenic David Boren Hiking Trail, acclaimed as one of Oklahoma’s finest.
Whether you’re drawn to tranquil waters, lush trails, or adventurous pursuits, Broken Bow invites you to embrace its natural wonders.
Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department: 580-494-6452
US Army 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:
Hiking and Biking Trail Map: http://www.ouachitaadventures.com/Trails/BeaversBend/beaversbend051805.pdf
Cedar Creek Golf Course at Beavers Bend State Park presents a picturesque golfing experience set amidst a serene and pine-filled wilderness. The 18 holes of this golf course were skillfully integrated into the untamed landscape, abutting the McCurtain County Wilderness Area. The design seamlessly integrates the fairways with the surrounding natural environment, creating a harmonious blend of human-made and natural features.
As golfers navigate the course, they’ll find themselves amidst stands of majestic pine, oak, and hickory trees. The fairways wind their way through this lush vegetation, offering a sense of immersion in the wilderness. Wildlife sightings are a common occurrence, with deer, foxes, and wild turkeys often making appearances. Additionally, the fortunate golfer might catch glimpses of Bald Eagles soaring overhead, providing a rare and magnificent sight.
The golf course’s layout takes full advantage of the surrounding beauty, providing players with more than just a golfing experience. Several holes offer scenic views of Broken Bow Lake, adding an extra layer of natural splendor to the game. The course’s design takes into account the natural contours of the land, creating a challenging yet enjoyable playing experience.
Cedar Creek Golf Course is renowned for its distinct features. The narrow fairways and wooded roughs add an element of challenge that requires precision and strategy from golfers. This unique combination of natural beauty and golfing difficulty makes Cedar Creek Golf Course a standout destination for both avid golfers and those seeking to appreciate the outdoors while playing a round of golf.
Beavers Bend State Park in Oklahoma is a fantastic destination for trout fishing and outdoor activities. The park offers both rainbow and brown trout fishing opportunities, with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) stocking thousands of rainbow trout bi-monthly, and small brown trout being released annually, some of which can grow to trophy sizes. The presence of twenty-inch browns and rainbows indicates a healthy fishery.
The park boasts three miles of trout stream out of the total ten-mile stretch, and fishing conditions are not affected by power-generating flows, allowing for consistent fishing opportunities throughout the year. The park’s diverse fishing areas cater to both beginners and experienced anglers, providing a range of fishing challenges. Fly fishing is particularly popular in this area due to the trout stream’s characteristics.
The trout stream is divided into three sections with different regulations, enhancing fishing opportunities and catering to various angler preferences. Visitors can obtain necessary licenses, trout stamps, and information about regulations conveniently within or near the park. The Three Rivers Fly Shop, located within the park, offers a range of fly-fishing gear, bait, instruction, guide services, and advice on stream conditions. Additionally, the shop is involved in organizing Kids Fishing Days during March, coinciding with many kids’ spring breaks, which seems to be a successful and family-friendly event.
Apart from the excellent fishing opportunities, Beavers Bend State Park offers breathtaking natural scenery, clear water, and abundant wildlife. This makes it an ideal destination for a family vacation, combining outdoor recreation with the chance to appreciate nature’s beauty.
- Carey Thorn – Professional Fishing Guide (Fly Fishing Only) Phone: (469)528-0210, Email: email@example.com
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 River, spanning approximately 32.6 miles, offers a stunning and challenging river experience for those seeking both scenic beauty and whitewater excitement. Flowing through the southwestern corner of the Kiamichi Mountains, Glover River features a combination of picturesque landscapes and thrilling rapids, including sections with rapids that require expert-level skills to navigate.
The river’s source is in the Kiamichi Mountains, nestled between the Kiamichi River to the west and the Mountain Fork River to the east. As it meanders downstream, it generally runs parallel to US Highway 259 until it reaches its confluence with the Little River. The stretch of river north of Cedar Mountain provides particularly breathtaking vistas that resemble those found in Arkansas or Missouri, showcasing the natural beauty of the surrounding area.
While Glover River offers stunning scenery, it also presents challenging conditions for rafting and kayaking enthusiasts. The river features rapids and falls that demand advanced skills to navigate safely. Even though the river’s difficulty can vary depending on water levels, it’s important to note that it can be just as hazardous during low-water conditions as it is during or near flood stages. The most optimal whitewater experiences tend to occur when the river has peaked at flood stage and has started to recede. This narrow window of opportunity is where the best whitewater trips are often found, as the river drops swiftly after reaching its peak.
For those seeking an exhilarating whitewater adventure amid captivating landscapes, Glover River delivers a unique and rewarding experience. However, it’s crucial to be well-prepared, experienced, and safety-conscious when venturing into the challenging waters of Glover River, especially during the peak whitewater periods.
Glover River has protected areas for Wade fishing. Using low-visibility lines, 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.
Enjoy Our Festivals
- Beavers Bend Rod Run & Cars
- Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1613548845403684/
- Kiamichi Owa-Chito Festival, Beavers Bend State Park 580-494-6497
- Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Kiamichi-Owa-Chito-Festival-of-Forest-134226483284514/
- Valliant Watermelon Festival (Date Unconfirmed), 580-933-5050 (Valliant)
- Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/171162190207306/
- Big Foot Festival – Honobia Bigfoot Festival and Conference
- Wright City Lumberjack Festival: Wright City (Saturday, October 13, 2018), 580-981-2238
- December 2019
- McCurtain County Christmas Parade, Broken Bow 580-584-3393
Please see Broken Bow Chamber for a list of Events: