Broken Bow Lake and Lower Mountain Fork River
Beavers Bend State Park is home to Broken Bow Lake and portions of the Mountain Fork River. An established destination for campers and boaters for decades, the area has also become a haven for glampers over the past several years, thanks to beautiful “cabins” that are actually lavish country homes with as many as six bedrooms, wi-fi, fireplaces and outdoor recreation areas. The setting is breathtaking, with dense forest growing to the edge of the lake in many places along the shoreline.
What to do
The lake is perfect for waterskiing, fishing and boating, but it’s also clear enough to allow for scuba diving. For a much different view of the lake, hit up Rugaru Adventures for a zip line tour. They have several length options, and all feature beautiful canopy tours and stunning lake views.
Beavers Bend is one of the few places in the state that boasts excellent fly fishing. If you’re an expert already, head for the Lower Mountain Fork River to enjoy excellent trout fishing. For the beginner or the curious, Beavers Bend Fly Shop carries a full line of equipment, and they also offer a guide service for those new to the area.
What to eat
Nearby Hochatown on the southwestern side of the lake has quickly developed into an entertainment district, featuring Hochatown Distilling and Beavers Bend Brewery, as well as excellent dining options like Grateful Head Pizza Oven & Tap Room and Okie Girls Coffee & Ice Cream. Frequent campers will recognize the value of a quality coffee shop nearby, and Okie Girls offers a full coffee service, including espresso and lattes. For the area’s best barbecue and burgers, head over to Buffalo Grill, where they serve house-made fried pork skins piping hot, and yes, you can get a bison burger.
Broken Bow is a few minutes south, and in addition to dozens of dining options, you can also book a wine tasting at Girls Gone Wine, a boutique wine shop and winery. They make the wine onsite, and have a “sassy” gift shop where you can buy the wines you love.
Where to stay
Lakeview Lodge is a popular choice for overnight stays if rustic camping isn’t your thing. The lodge features comfortable rooms and suites, with gorgeous lake views from their balconies.