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!
Find 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.
World 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.
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:
* Riding Stables
* Hay Rides
* Train Rides
Tame horseback riding is available at Beavers Bend State Park.
Hayrides are scheduled two times per week for general public. Private hay rides for families and groups may be scheduled anytime – call for reservations.
Beavers Bend Land & Water – kids activities
Paddle boats/Miniature Golf, Bumper boats, canoes, swim beach
Beavers Bend River Floats – kids activities
Canoe Rental & Float Trips
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.
Fishing, Boating, Water Skiing
Hunting and Fishing Licenses, General License Information
Glen Hudson: 580-494-6047
Fly Fishing Guide
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.
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.
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
|Janet’s Treasure Chest
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
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
http://www.bodyharmonysession.comA 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,
“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
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
(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
Glover River Trail Rides, Battiest
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,
For more information, please contact:
|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.
Beavers Bend Wildlife Museum
Located at the entrance to Beavers Bend Resort Park
Forest Heritage Center
Located in Beavers Bend Resport park
Indian Memorial Museum
402 E 2nd Street in Broken Bow
Gardner Mansion and Museum
Located 6 miles east of Broken bow
Car Legends Museum
Located between Broken Bow and Idabel
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.
Gene Autry Museum
Located west of Idabel
Located in Millerton
Broken Bow Lower Mt. Fork River Kayaking Trip November 4
Prior to the falls is a Class l rapid “shoot”. If you desire, you can
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
WW Trading Post & Canoe
Wild Goose Canoe & Kayak Rentals
River Rats Canoe and Kayak Rentals
Broken Bow Canoes & Kayaks
Lucky Dog Canoes & Kayaks
! 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|
Bend RestaurantIndoor Things to Do in
Rocket Roller Rink
Choctaw Indian Casino
Phil’s Big Rock Saloon
Beavers Bend Restaurant
Dancing Rabbit Creek Coffee House & Internet Café and Gift Shop
Hochatown BBQ & Catering
The Blue Rooster Fry House
Shady Oaks Restaurant
Stevens Gap Restaurant
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.
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
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
Located in the David Sacks Real Estate building on the east side of Highway 259 just south of Abendigo’s and Girls Gone Wine.
Idabel Country Club & Golf Course
Mostly Memories Antiques