A Visitor’s Guide to Beavers Bend State Park

A Visitor_s Guide to Beavers Bend State Park

First things first, while many people mistakenly call it “Broken Bow State Park,” you should know what you’re actually looking for is Beavers Bend State Park—a true paradise nestled in the heart of Oklahoma. It can be confusing. It’s like this:

  • Broken Bow is our amazing little town in Oklahoma
  • Broken Bow Lake is one of the largest bodies of water nearby
  • But the Oklahoma State Park here is called Beavers Bend State Park.

Now that we’ve cleared that up, if you’re looking for the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, you’ve made a wise decision in booking a Broken Bow cabin rental. Just 15 minutes away from Broken Bow, Beavers Bend is ready to receive you in all her glory! Get ready to leave the worries behind and reconnect with nature!

About Beavers Bend State Park

Beavers Bend

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Nestled deep in the lush forests of southeastern Oklahoma lies one of the most beautiful state parks in the United States: Beavers Bend State Park. With its pristine lakes, stunning hiking trails, and abundant wildlife, this park has everything a nature lover could want.

Whether you’re a seasoned adventurer or just looking for a peaceful retreat, a Broken Bow cabin is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway. Take a leisurely canoe trip down the serene Mountain Fork River or cast your line in one of the park’s many trout-filled streams. Hike through dense oak and hickory forests, looking for the elusive and majestic bald eagle.

Beavers Bend’s Two Distinct Areas

This Oklahoma State Park is so large that it has two different sections – the original Beavers Bend State Park and the Hochatown Area portion that sits just north of Broken Bow.

Although large, both are easily reachable by car, and there are ample areas between the two to enjoy a multitude of recreational activities year-round.

When to Visit

Although summer and spring are popular times to explore this Oklahoma State Park, the park is open year-round with many exciting activities to do during the winter. While we suggest you avoid getting in the water in the winter (unless it’s for a polar bear plunge!), there’s still plenty to enjoy in Beaver’s Bend State Park during the colder season.

Hiking trails in the park are accessible regardless of season, and you can even still do some cold-weather fly fishing! In addition, the waters are stocked with fish year-round for enjoyment.

What to Do in Beaver’s Bend State Park

Take River Float Trip

Photo Credit: Lucky Dog River Floats

Fancy a way to get into the sparkling clear-blue waters in the park? The perfect water activity for families is a river float trip! Join Lucky Dog River Floats and meander your way down 1.7 miles of the Mountain Fork River as you lay back and relax.

They will take you to the float entrance, provide all equipment, and take you back to your car once you’re finished. Truly, all you need to do is sit back and relax!

Go Kayaking & Canoeing

Photo Credit: Tippa Canoe

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Beaver’s Bend by gliding along the sparkling waters in a canoe or kayak. Rent equipment from Tippa Canoe boat rentals, or bring your own and explore the winding river channels, surrounded by lush greenery and towering pines.

Alternatively, rent a pontoon boat or jet ski from Beaver’s Bend Marina. Or, take your turn on a paddleboat at the Beaver’s Bend Land & Water Park.

Visit the Nature Center

Pop into the Beavers Bend State Park Nature Center to check in with rangers on the local happenings. Get a glimpse into the state park’s history and wildlife sightings, and join any guided hikes that might be occurring!

Nature programs and activities for kids, such as arts and crafts, happen throughout the summer, and touching base with local guides is a great way to start a visit.

Explore Beaver’s Bend Depot

Photo Credit: Beavers Bend Depot & Trail Rides

The Beaver’s Bend Depot is the perfect family-friendly spot where kids of all ages can hop on the miniature train that traverses the state park. Who doesn’t love train rides? Once you’ve arrived at Wahoo Hill, kids can ride a trail on horseback.

Finally, take the train back to the Depot for a tasty ice cream treat and a stop at the gift shop to finish a beautiful day in Beaver’s Bend State Park.

Hike With Man’s Best Friend

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The hiking trails here in Oklahoma are second to none. Take time to ponder life and enjoy the sights and sounds around you as you hike in this magnificent wilderness.

The Skyline Trail boasts creek crossings, steep climbs, and beautiful waterfalls. Of course, the view from the top is the ultimate reward, with views of the surrounding Kiamichi Mountains. Or, if you’re looking for a more relaxing stroll, try the 1.5-mile Friend’s Trail Loop or the 0.9-mile Cedar Bluff Nature Trail.

Stop by the Forest Heritage Center before you begin your hike for all pertinent information regarding the area, and don’t forget to bring Fido along for the ride, as leashed pets are allowed in the park! The Bear Cabins in Broken Bow specializes in pet-friendly accommodations in the Broken Bow area, and local nature areas welcome furry friends!

Cast A Line at Broken Bow Lake or Mountain Fork River

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Visitors come from across Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and beyond just to fish in Broken Bow Lake and the Mountain Fork River. Here, trout fishing is at its finest, and the waters are stocked with fresh fish throughout the year.

Cast a line out to hook a largemouth bass or catfish. Or, try fly fishing to snag one of the plentiful rainbow trout!

Explore Beavers Bend State Park

No matter when you choose to explore this stunning state park, there is plenty to do. From water activities to horseback rides, some of the best fly fishing Oklahoma offers, and a burgeoning set of hiking trails, adventure is just around the corner for you when you stay with The Bear Cabins in Broken Bow!