Things To Do in Broken Bow, Oklahoma

During your pleasant stay at Hochatown Country Lodge, we invite you to experience the natural bounty that surrounds us.  Get active, or get lazy – it doesn’t matter.  A paradise for the outdoor adventurer and the nature-enthusiast alike, Oklahoma’s southeast corner is truly one place where you can do it all.

Mountains and forests, lakes, streams and rivers, the beauty of the outdoors like you’ve never seen before.

Come and enjoy it with us!

broken bow lake oklahomaFind paradise on Broken Bow Lake
Here is 14,000 acres of serene, crystal-clear water perfect for fishing and boating.  Broken Bow Lake, in the Ouachita Mountains foothills, is one of the deepest lakes in the state of Oklahoma and a paradise for anglers in search of smallmouth bass.

Surrounding the lake is a 180-mile shoreline dominated by steep, rocky banks.  Beyond that is the breathtaking expanse of undeveloped Ouachita National Forest.  Hochatown Country Lodge is situated right in the middle of this beauty, making it the perfect destination for all the most popular lake activities.

If you’re into boating – whether you have a boat or want to rent one – this is the place to be.  You can also rent jet skis, paddle boats and spacious houseboats to add to the adventure.

fly fishingWorld Class Trophy Fishing
The lower Mountain Fork River in the tailwaters of the Broken Bow Lake dam is famous for it’s trophy trout fly fishing. An exceptional trout habitat occupies the first 14 miles of the river, and the first approximately four miles are classified as a trophy section.  In April 2005, the largest brown trout ever caught in Oklahoma was landed in this river.  It was a 17-pound, 4.64-ounce giant that was nearly twice as big as the previous record, which weighed in at a “measley” 9 pounds, 12 ¾ ounces. Hochatown Country Lodge is a favorite among fly fishermen because of the special facilities we offer for storing waders!

Above the dam Broken Bow Lake is well known for it’s sport fishing. The lake has been mentioned by FLW Outdoors Magazine as one of the best bass fisheries in America!

 

BEAVERS BEND RESORT PARK (HWY 259A)

Broken Bow Dam

Sunset on Broken Bow Lake – it just doesn’t get any better than this!

The Dam was completed in 1970. Numerous park areas located around the lake give the visitor an unmatched opportunity for outdoor family fun and relaxation.

The climate at Broken Bow Lake offers outdoor sportsmen excellent opportunities for year-round angling.

Forest Heritage Center & Museum, Visitor Information Desk & Gift Shop

Visitors to the Center’s museum will find historical documents, antique forestry tools, wood art, homestead memorabilia, and a research library filled with books, periodicals and other materials pertaining to forestry.

Each year some 60 million cubic feet of lumber is harvested in McCurtain county, home of Beavers Bend Resort Park; the forest industry is without a doubt the area’s largest business concern. For those wishing to learn more about forest or the forest industry, the staff of the Forest Heritage Center and Museum can arrange educational programs or tours for any age group by appointment. There are specific programs tailored for school classes.
Park Office – 580-494-6300

For Park Regulation information, please click here

Beavers Bend Nature Center

A year-round naturalist and a well-stocked nature center make possible a program lineup that includes campfire programs on the banks of the Mountain Fork River, nature hikes, arts and crafts classes, water sports, bingo, sunset hikes, nature films, and astronomy outings. 580-494-6556

Amphitheater Area & River Bend Area (located behind Nature Center)

Stroll through the amphitheatre and take in the breathtaking view of the Mountain Fork River. Enjoy a picnic lunch or just relax in the shade.

Beavers Bend Depot:
(follow train signs inside Beavers Bend Resort Park)

* Riding Stables

* Hay Rides

* Train Rides

Tame horseback riding is available at Beavers Bend State Park.
The train is a 1/3 size replica of the C.P. Huntington S.P. train that was built in 1863. The ride takes visitors through the beautiful Game Reserve.

Hayrides are scheduled two times per week for general public. Private hay rides for families and groups may be scheduled anytime – call for reservations.
580-494-6613

Beavers Bend Land & Water – kids activities

Paddle boats/Miniature Golf, Bumper boats, canoes, swim beach
580-494-6512

Beavers Bend River Floats – kids activities

Canoe Rental & Float Trips
580-494-6070

Nature/Hiking in Beavers Bend Resort Park

The mountains, forests, lakes and rivers of McCurtain County Oklahoma create a wonderland of nature hiking. We offer a wide variety of trails from short and easy interpretive hikes to more challenging mountain trails. Trails maps are available through your cabin host or at the Forest Heritage Center inside the park. The hiking trails are marked with white tree blazes; and the nature trails are marked with blue on white blazes.

Resort Park Playground…………Fireflies & Rocks

We’re amazed at the number of young children who gather rocks, pinecones, sweetgum balls, crickets, fireflies, turtles, butterflies… and other items found on the forest floor and in the woods. There are three playgrounds in the park areas: A large playground is located in the resort park near the nature center. Playgrounds are also located in the Carson Creek Area and Stevens Gap Areas.

Bicycling

Plenty of challenging hills for road bikes. Best time is winter and mid-week when there is less traffic. Roads have no shoulders and you have to share with RV drivers

Mountain BikingNEW off-road dirt trails in Beavers Bend State Park. McCurtain County offers hundreds of miles of forest roads for the off-road enthusiast. Riders enjoy the rugged beauty of McCurtain County, far from the city and away from crowds

Hochatown State Parks Stevens Gap Area and Carson Creek Area (Hwy 259)

Both conveniently located off highway 259, are plentiful with boating ramps and primitive camping.

The drive through these areas are very beautiful, highlighted with an abundance of trees and provide lots of spots to fish, swim or just to sit a spell. You can swim or fish anywhere on the lake, there are no restricted areas. (Bring your water shoes.)

Beavers Bend Marina

The marina has a floating retail store and sells gifts, gas, groceries, bait, tackle, sandwiches, snacks, etc, rentals for jet skis, tubes and utility boats (fishing and pontoon), and Voyager Pontoon boat sales.
580-494-6455 www.beaversbendmarina.com

Fishing, Boating, Water Skiing
Broken Bow Lake offers plenty of coves and clean water for major fishing, boating and skiing . Broken Bow Lake is known for its black bass fishing (largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass are all present). Other popular species include walleye, crappie, catfish, and various sunfish.
For Boating and watercraft Laws please click here

Hunting and Fishing Licenses, General License Information
For questions regarding licenses or regulations contact License Section
at (405) 521-3852.To view license descriptions and view prices
please click here

Fishing Guides 

Glen Hudson:  580-494-6047
Doug Story:      580-584-3212

Fly Fishing Guide
Three Rivers Fly Shop :  580-494-6115

Swimming

Swim anywhere on Broken Bow Lake. The drive down Carson Creek and Stevens Gap areas are filled with some great spots to stop and relax. There is a designated area in the park which is part of the rivers bend for swimming.

Cabin Activities and Surrounding Areas

Campfires

Campfires, wiener roasting and s’mores. Any good Girl Scout can tell you that S’mores stands for “some-mores” (as in “gimmesome-more”). Some cabins areas provide firewood. Bring your own or purchase locally.

Bird Watching

Birdwatchers have sighted more than 270 bird species, including many that are rare to Oklahoma and not found elsewhere in the state.
We have woodpeckers, bluebirds, turkeys, crows, blue heron, hummingbirds, bats, doves, blue jays, owls, eagles, hawks, mockingbirds, cardinals, robins, black phoebe and other songbirds

 

Moonlight Walks

These are a few critters along the trails that you are apt to encounter:

Deer, raccoon, squirrel, fox, opossum, armadillo, skunks, bats, small black bear, bobcats, mountain lions, coyotes, wolves, beavers.

Spiders: black widow, brown recluse, granddaddy long legs.

Snakes: rattlesnake, copperhead, black snake.

Bald Eagle

Oklahoma is one of the Top 10 states for Bald Eagle viewing during Nov-Mar. The Beavers Bend Park Naturalist, Frank Griffith, leads viewings at 9:00 AM on Saturdays from Nov-Mar where the Bald Eagles nest on the spectacular sheer cliffs along the banks of the Mountain Fork River

Glover River

Nature in its most pristine state is found along the Glover River, Oklahoma’s only untamed waterway (meaning no dams block its course). Secluded and un-commercialized. ATV/Dirt Bike Trails are located through this area.

Miniature Golf and Go Kart
Miniature golf, mini Nascar go-karts, and LaserShot electronic shooting gallery. Practice your bird and deer hunting. Snack bar features ice cream treats, frozen lemonade, candy, chips and other things you shouldn’t eat.. 580-494-6706.

Janet’s Treasure Chest
580-494-6639
Located at the Gateway to Hochatown U.S.A. Only minutes from Beavers Bend State Park & Broken Bow Lake.
Antiques, Collectables & Glass plus Modern to Cabin Decor. Special
Kids Corner filled with camping fun in mind. Browse our selection of
jewelry, cowboy hats, Kitchen accents, wind chimes to Lava lamps.
Souvenir items to unique and unusual decor and accessories.Janet’s Treasure Chest is the headquarters of Beavers Bend Lodging. Stop by and see us anytime.

Girls Gone Wine

A Hochatown winery, tasting room and gift shop. Make your own wine, bottle it, cork it, and design your private label. Chandra, Michelle & Rhonda.

580-306-WINE (9463).

Grateful Head Pizza Oven and Tap Room
Family Atmosphere
Live Music on Weekend1930′s school house sets the stage for some great relaxing fun for everyone.(renovated with AC!)
The atmosphere is all about family fun and includes an outdoor patio and open courtyard.
Phone Number: (580) 494-6030
Uncle Charlie’s Old Time Photo StudioJust for the fun of it! Step back in time! Join the fun with antique portraits of yourself, friends & family. Pose as the town sheriff or a colonel in the confederate or Union army. Pretend you are a proud southern belle, a carefree flapper or old town saloon girl.Located on the west side of Hwy 259N, just 2 miles north of 259A to Beavers Bend State Park

Phone Number: (580) 494-7301

Whip-Poor-Will Fudge Factory & Sweet Shoppe (located on Hwy 259)

Features freshly made cream & butter fudge, old-fashioned candies and sweet treat gifts. 580-494-6476

Body Harmony Day Spa
580-584-6339
http://www.bodyharmonysession.com
A 90 minute Body Harmony Session is MORE than just a massage.
Sink deep into a 6 to 12 inches memory foam mattress.
This is the comfort of the Body Harmony Instrument Bed™
Soothing music vibrates and resonates through your body at a cellular level,
While surround-sound fills the room.
“No talking ~ Just Relax ~ Don’t lift a finger”.
While pure Shea Butter is slowly “drizzled” over
your chest, “dripped” around your neck, And “drizzled” at your hairline,
and then……..
“A-h-h-h” neck – shoulders – face – scalp s-l-o-w-l-y massaged.
CEDAR CREEK GOLF COURSE

The Cedar Creek Golf Course is the kind of golf course one would imagine finding in a pristine, pine-laden wilderness. And, in fact, the 18 holes were literally carved out of the wilds (the golf course abuts the 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. The Course is known for its narrow fairways and wooded roughs. The par 72 course has a pro shop, resident pro, and chart and club rentals- Hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in season, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. off season
No tee times are required! Call 580-494-6456

Farther North on Hwy 259

Scenic Drive (Motorcycle Heaven)

The Talimena Scenic Drive connects with Oklahoma’s State Scenic Hwy 259. Traveling north past Beavers Bend State Park, the elevation of the Ouachita Mountains offers visitors a breathtaking view of the forest. This drive winds through the Ouachita National Forest along the crest of the Rich and Winding Stair Mountains. It spans the highest mountain range between the Appalachians and the Rockies. www.talimenascenicdrive.com

Horseback Riding – Are you ready for some REAL mountain horseback trail riding?

A to Z Guest Ranch Trail Riding
580-244-3729…… Smithville, Oklahoma
www.atozguestranch.com

(Smithville, Oklahoma is located north on Hwy 259, approx. 35 minutes from the Beavers Bend areas) A simply beautiful drive – straight up the mountain.

Riverman Trail Rides and Stables
Horseback Riding
580-236-9033
www.rivermantrailrides.com

Glover River Trail Rides, Battiest
580-306-2867
www.treetopviewcabins.com

Honobia Bigfoot Festival, Honobia, Oklahoma – scheduled each year in October.

A Family Affair. The Kiamichi Mountain of Southeast Oklahoma is proud to be a host to our friend, Bigfoot.

Bigfoot 4 Wheeler Hunts, Games, Food, GREAT ENTERTAINMENT,
Art Show, Big-foot contest, Covered wagon rides, Pony rides,
Inflatables, Art/craft Booths, STORIES OF ENCOUNTERS WITH BIGFOOT

For more information, please contact:
580 244 – 3292
Katie Cogburn

Riding the trails of the Ouachita National Forest is such a great way to explore and enjoy nature at it’s finest. Please take time to read the changes that have been made to the limited area that you can ride. Use the appropriate safety gear – helmet (required if under 18), eye protection, boots, and gloves.ATV maps are available at Janet’s Treasure Chest.

 

Idabel Area

Red Slough

Also home to alligators. With Ducks Unlimited, Red Slough has become a popular weekend getaway for nature lovers.
580-320-3176

 

Museums of McCurtain County

Beavers Bend Wildlife Museum

Located at the entrance to Beavers Bend Resort Park
May through August Hours
Monday-Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and
Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

580-494-6193

Forest Heritage Center

Located in Beavers Bend Resport park
Open 365 days a year from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Admission is free.

580-494-6497

Indian Memorial Museum

402 E 2nd Street in Broken Bow
Open Thursday through Monday 9:00 am. To 5:00 p.m.
Admission is free

580-584-6531

Gardner Mansion and Museum

Located 6 miles east of Broken bow
Call 580-584-6588 for an appointment

Car Legends Museum

Located between Broken Bow and Idabel
Tuesday-Friday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

580-286-2220

Museum of the Red River

The most complete dinosaur skeleton ever found was excavated in McCurtain County and its cast is now on display at the Museum of the Red River in Idabel.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is free. For more information, call 580-286-3616 For a complete list of all museums in our area, please visit
, www.mccurtaincountygetaways.com/museums.html

Gene Autry Museum

Located west of Idabel
Call 580-286-3747

Wheelock Academy

Located in Millerton
Open 7 days a week 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
580-746-2139

 

Upper Mountain Fork River     Canoe & Kayak River Floats

Presbyterian Falls

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Broken Bow Lower Mt. Fork River Kayaking Trip November 4
click to view

Prior to the falls is a Class l rapid “shoot”. If you desire, you can
exit the river and drag your canoe/kayak to just below Presbyterian Falls. If you enjoy
the shoot (it’s great), you can
drag your boat back to the top
and run it again – several times
a day, if so desired.

 

Mountain Fork River

Above the lake there’s great floating and fishing on the Mountain Fork River. Below the Broken Bow Lake dam the Mountain Fork turns to white water where the canoeing and fly fishing is outstanding!

The Lower Mountain fork River Float Trip is short, but very exciting, white water/flat water run that is probably the most consistently flowing and best white water stream in Oklahoma, a state not particularly noted for white water rivers.

Starting below the Re-regulation Dam, the river is more technical than “big”, with several respectable Class I & II rapids with the first two miles of the put-in. After Presbyterian Falls the river is slow and gentle making it a very relaxing float. You’ll pass by “Cooper Creek”, a great place to stop and swim or take a leap off the tree swing. Right at the very end you’ll experience some more rapids – not too tough at all.

Canoe & Kayak Rentals

The upper mountain fork river, which is known as the re-regulation dam is the
home of some great Canoe, Kayak and Tube floating. Canoe & Kayak outfitters are available throughout warmer seasons. Prepare to get wet, when you take a kayak or canoe down the 3-4 miles of rock gardens, rapids and small waterfalls

Outfitters:

Ambush Adventures
580-584-2273

WW Trading Post & Canoe
580-584-6856

Wild Goose Canoe & Kayak Rentals
580-584-2277

River Rats Canoe and Kayak Rentals
Visit Website

Broken Bow Canoes & Kayaks
Visit Website
(580) 306-7302

Lucky Dog Canoes & Kayaks
580-584-2909

Reminders!!!

! Always wear a life jacket.

! Minimum age for children, 6 years.

! Water shoes are highly recommended.

! NO GLASS CONTAINERS ALLOWED.

! Take plenty of water.

! Whatever you take with you can be assured it will get wet or lost in the river!!

! We recommend water cameras and leave your wallet in the car.

Water quality is generally very good to excellent, flowing clean and clear, with a moderate to fast current when water is being released from Broken bow Lake through the re regulation dam. Watch for the red beacon below the dam. If the light is on, electricity is being generated and the flow will be high and fast. If both generators are running, then the river will be dangerously high and fast. Ask local outfitters about river conditions before driving there or before putting in.

Special note: The water is being regulated from the bottom of the lake and is cold – very cold!

Local Places to Eat
Beavers
Bend Restaurant
Indoor Things to Do in
McCurtain County

McCurtain Cinema
Idabel (580) 286-2220

Rocket Roller Rink
1314 E Washington
Idabel (580) 286-3603

Skateway
200 Broadway
Broken Bow 580-584-9444

Casinos

Choctaw Indian Casino
Idabel, (580) 286-5710
Broken Bow
(580) 584-5450
Website

Dance Halls

Phil’s Big Rock Saloon
(580) 286-7077

Abendigo’s
The casual, classy atmosphere makes dining here a treat, but stops short of any stuffy dress code. Located on Hwy 259N. (8 miles north of Broken Bow)
www.abendigos.com 580-494-7222 e-mail@ abendigos@hotmail.com

Beavers Bend Restaurant
The covered outdoor patio dining has a fantastic view of the Mt. Fork River below. The squirrels and birds will get on your table and eat french fries.
Located in Beavers’s Bend Resort Park, Hwy 259A.
580-494-6551 www.beaversbendrestaurant.net

Dancing Rabbit Creek Coffee House & Internet Café and Gift Shop
580-494-6321 Located at Hwy 259 & Hwy 259A
Enjoy creamy lattes, flavored coffees, or cappuccinos while you surf the internet.

Hochatown BBQ & Catering
Located at Secluded Acres Country Store (Hwy 259N) in Hochatown. Their specialty is down home BBQ at its finest! 1,2,3 meats and more – Hochatown Catering will come to your cabin, deliver, set up, serve and clean-up. It’s the only way to cook while on vacation!
E-Mail: Tom@secludedacres.com or call @ 580-494-7301.

Papa Pablanos
Mexican restaurants with locations in Idabel and Broken Bow. Really good food at good prices. 580-584-9495

The Blue Rooster Fry House
A Southern Restaurant located in Hochatown. Great Food, Good Company, Good Times at The Rooster 580-494-6361

Shady Oaks Restaurant
Located across from the Beavers Bend Resort road.

Stevens Gap Restaurant 
Breakfast/Lunch or Dinner.  Excellent catfish dinners.  580-494-6350

Broken Bow and Idabel have a wide assortment of fast food and speciality dining. A local telephone directory is located in your cabin.

Grocery Stores and General Stores

Lakeway Bait & Tackle / Duncan ‘s Deli -  We are located just across from the Stephens Gap entrance to the lake, Best BBQ around, dine in or take out, fresh cut deli meats, homemade pies.  Coldest beer around.  Great selection of tackle and live bait.  Call in orders welcome 580-494-6097.  Gas and diesel pumps.

Frontier General
580-494-6646

Pruett’s Grocery Store in Broken Bow is full-service – 580-584-7481

WalMart, Broken Bow (small WalMart) 580-584-3324

WalMart, Idabel (supercenter) 580-286-6696

Other Attractions & Shopping

Janet’s Treasure Chest
580-494-6639
Located at the Gateway to Hochatown U.S.A. Only minutes from Beavers Bend State Park & Broken Bow Lake.

Antiques, Collectables & Glass plus Modern to Cabin Decor. Special Kids Corner filled with camping fun in mind. Browse our selection of jewelry, cowboy hats, Kitchen accents, wind chimes to Lava lamps. Souvenir items to unique and unusual decor and accessories.

Janet’s Treasure Chest is the headquarters of Beavers Bend Lodging. Stop by and see us anytime.

Hochatown Fine Art
The theme of the gallery is to showcase local artists or those artists involved with McCurtain County. Currently the gallery is featuring: Wood Turnings by Doug Zook and Tommy Allen, Encaustics by Peggy Epner, Wood and bronze sculpture by Lyman Choate, Oil, watercolors and mono prints by Tiete Lycklama, Oil paintings by Morgan Wilcox, Tommy Allen and baskets by Linda Lou Alexander.

Located in the David Sacks Real Estate building on the east side of Highway 259 just south of Abendigo’s and Girls Gone Wine.
Gallery hours are 11 thru 5 Monday thru Saturday. For further information please call 972-949-2253

Idabel Country Club & Golf Course
580-286-7545
www.idabelcountryclub.com

Mostly Memories Antiques
Mostly stuff you remember seeing at your grandma’s house, or your house when you were a kid. Poke around the numerous rooms, stacked high and deep with treasures. 117 Main Street, Broken Bow 580-584-5767.

Broadway Boutique
116 N. Broadway, Broken Bow, OK
580-584-5300
Ladies Apparel, jewelry, gifts and accessories.
Monday – Friday 10:00 – 6:00 Saturday 10:00 – 4:00

Youngblood’s Gifts
1206 S Park Dr, Broken Bow, OK
580-584-6999

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