Let us excite and surprise you when you come to Southeastern Oklahoma. See what you've been missing in Broken Bow and the surrounding area. It is the perfect tourist destination. There is something for everyone here. Just a few of the reasons you need to visit our area are: hiking, fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding, zip lining, Hochatown Petting Zoo, boating, golfing (18-hole and miniature), go carts, bird watching, paddleboards (on lake) and of course kayaking or canoeing the lower Mtn. Fork River. By the way, did we mention the bigfoot sighting nearby?
There are over 700+ cabins nestled into the foothills of the Kiamichi Mtns., twenty miles north of Broken Bow. You can also find cabin rentals on the lower Mtn. Fork River (5 mi. east of Broken Bow). Prices range from reasonable to 5 star. Broken Bow Lake (pictured above) is 12 miles long and has 180 miles of shoreline. It holds the state record for large-mouth bass. Other species include: small-mouth bass, striped bass, rainbow and brown trout, crappie, perch and catfish to name a few.
Beavers Bend State Park in Hochatown, has a wide array of things to do and places to see. The Forest Heritage Center, Beavers Bend Wildlife Museum, The OwaChito Festival (June) and Beavers Bend Folk Festival (Nov) to name a few. There are several good restaurants that have entertainment on the weekends (Abendigos, Moon Tower and Grateful Head). Girls Gone Wine and Beavers Bend Brewery are popular destinations also. (mmm) Fudge Factory (n. of Broken Bow Lake).
The Talimena Scenic Drive up HWY 259 deserves a quick mention. It is located in the lush Ouachita National Forest. It is a gorgeous drive through some of the most beautiful scenery in Oklahoma. You can drive over to Mena, Ark. for a quick lunch, if you'd like and back through to Broken Bow.
The Choctaws and Chickasaw, Trail of Tears went through this area. We have a proud heritage here, The Indian Museums are a must see as is The Museum of the Red River. It hosts the Acrocanthosaurus which was found 5 miles south of Hwy 70 on the lower Mtn. Fork River, just a few years ago.
Red Slough National Wildlife Refuge is a premier birdwatching area. There are over 300 bird species documented. There are over 35 species of shorebirds that have been known to occur. In the winter thousands of ducks flock to Red Slough.
The lower Mtn. Fork River is a recreational river as of lately. Hydropower releases from Broken Bow Lake filter down to the lower Mtn. Fork. They are subject to power demand therefore, the water levels change. The release schedule should not affect your float trip. Generally, it is later in the day when and if they generate water.