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Visitors to the Center’s museum will find historical documents, antique forestry tools, wood art, homestead memorabilia, and a research library filled with books, periodicals and other materials pertaining to forestry.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
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.
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: 580-584-3212Fly Fishing Guide Three Rivers Fly Shop : 580-494-6115
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, 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.
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
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.
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
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.
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) 494-6030Uncle 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
Ambush Adventures 580-584-2273
Lucky Dog Canoes & Kayaks 580-584-2909
! 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
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@ firstname.lastname@example.org
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