Broken Bow Lake
Welcome to Broken Bow Lake!
Broken Bow Lake is a beautiful lake located in southeast Oklahoma near the town of Broken Bow. This wonderfully scenic lake is near the Texas and Arkansas borders and is roughly a three hour drive from Dallas, Texas. Broken Bow Lake is a well-established weekend destination for lake goers all over the south. There are plenty of cabins for rent around the lake area making this a wonderful vacation destination.
Broken Bow Lake is a very scenic area as the lake sits at the foothills of the Kiamichi Mountains and is surrounded by Ouachita National Forrest. This is a good sized lake covering around 14,000 surface acres. Known for its crystal clear, blue water the lake is very popular with people that love the outdoors.
Things to Do
Broken Bow Lake is perfect for camping as it is surrounded by Beavers Bend State Park. There is a main section of the park on the south end of the lake where the Mountain Fork River flows freely. There are so many things to do in the park including: horseback riding, hiking, train rides, wildlife viewing, kayaking, canoeing, fly fishing, camping, swimming, and so much more. Broken Bow Lake and Beavers Bend State Park are an outdoorsman’s paradise.
There are several restaurants located in Hochatown that are perfect after a day on the lake. There are a number of shops full of local items and gift ideas if you want a take away from your retreat in Oklahoma.
There are several local restaurants to enjoy if you want to get away from your cabin or campsite for a while. Great pizza, burgers, barbeque and more are located just a short distance from the lake in Hochatown. Below are a few of the restaurants you could enjoy.
- Grateful Head Pizza
- Hochatown BBQ
- Abendigo’s Grill and Patio
- The Blue Rooster
The Cedar Creek Golf Course is located on Broken Bow Lake within Beavers Bend Park. This beautiful course stretches for 6,582 yards with tree lined holes and views of the lake. This course was named in 2009, the best municipal course in Oklahoma. Amenities of the course include:
- Cart Rentals
- Club Rentals
- 18-holes of golf
- Pro shop
- Putting green
- Beautiful views of the lake
There are plenty of amazing trails all around Beavers Bend State Park for all skill levels. You will enjoy over 15 miles of nature and hiking trails. Below are the trails around the lake.
- David Boren Hiking Trail
- Forest Heritage Tree Trail (1.1 mile)
- Beaver Lodge Nature Trail (1 mile)
- Cedar Bluff Nature Trail (1 mile)
- Pine Ridge Nature Trail (3/4 mile)
- 3 Mile Loop (near the Nature Center)
- Challenging 3 Mile Loop
- Skyline Trail (level is considered difficult)
About Broken Bow Lake
Broken Bow Lake was first constructed starting in 1968 and the lake was filled and opened in 1970. Located along the Mountain Fork River, Broken Bow Lake is located about 8 miles north of the town of Broken Bow, Oklahoma. The town nearest the lake is actually Hochatown which is supported by the influx of tourism in the area around the lake and its beautiful parks.
Broken Bow Lake can support both trout and bass which creates unique fishing opportunities. The Mountain Fork River provides cool clear water to the lake as well as great places to kayak. The parks surrounding Broken Bow Lake are some of the most beautiful your will find in the southern United States. This is a popular weekend destination for visitors from Texas and Arkansas.
Camping around the lake is very popular and there are many campsites to choose from. If you are not into outdoor camping, there are plenty of cabins to rent in the area that provide serene, natural surroundings to enjoy.