Broken Bow & Beavers Bend

Top 25 Things To Do In Broken Bow & Beavers Bend

What to do in Broken Bow and Beavers Bend? The list of attractions and activities below is comprised of the Best Things to do in Broken Bow & Beavers Bend area.  If you are looking for a summer time vacation on Broken Bow Lake, horse back riding through Beavers Bend State Park, hitting the old log roads with your ATV Rentals, a train ride through Beavers Bend, or a Broken Bow Lake Duck Tour, you will find the details here.  There is even plenty to do in Broken Bow in Winter.  You can rent one of our cabins and hop into the hot tub next to the wood burning fireplace or cozy up on a couch with your favorite book.  The best time to visit Broken Bow is any time.  Every season has something special to offer and there are great restaurants in Hochatown, local events, and attractions are always available to make your family trip or romantic getaway unforgettable.  I hope the list of our Top 25 Things to do in Broken Bow help make your vacation special.

In the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains is Broken Bow Lake & Beavers Bend State Park.  Broken Bow Lake covers 14,000 acres and has 180 miles of lush tree covered natural shoreline, which is perfect for boating, fishing, swimming and water sports.  The forested terrain surrounding Broken Bow Lake is a haven for hikers and nature lovers.  Mountain Fork River, which winds through Beavers Bend State Park, is hailed for its year-round trout fishing and countless water activities up and down the river.  Whether you love great food, hiking in the outdoors, kids activities, or simply relaxing in your cabin, Broken Bow & Beavers Bend State Park has so much to make a memorable vacation for you and your family.

For additional details and activities, go to our Directory & Map Page to see phone numbers & addresses.  All of these activities are minutes away from our cabins - Rustic Retreat Cabin, Rustic Mountain Lodge, and Rustic Hollow.


#1. Boating on Broken Bow Lake

Broken Bow Lake is tucked away in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains and covers 14,000 acres. It has 180 miles of lush tree covered natural shoreline, which is perfect for boating, fishing, swimming and water sports.  It is the perfect depth for smallmouth bass fishing and the small islands on the lake make for fun stops on canoe or boat.  The forested terrain surrounding Broken Bow Lake is a haven for hikers and nature lovers.

Beavers Bend Marina is a full service marina offering a full range of jet ski and boat rentals to spend a day on the lake with family and friends, a convenience store, marine fuel service and boat slip rentals.
Beavers Bend Marina 580-494-6455

Are you an adventure seeker? Do you consider yourself an adrenaline junkie? Do you crave thrill rides and fun times in the great outdoors? Then Jet Boat Joe's has just the thing for you. Our jet boat rides in Broken Bow, OK are fun for the whole family and a genuine thrill for any adventure seeker. 
Jet Boat Joe's 580-494-2220

Beavers Bend River

#2. Hiking in beavers bend & broken bow

Beavers Bend State Park is an ideal place to spend the day hiking through, bird watching, and enjoying nature in Ouachita National Forest.  There are many hiking trails ranging from 12 mile challenging hikes to short nature trails throughout the park.  Plan a picnic in the towering woods with a packed lunch or grab some food to-go from Rolling Fork Takery to have a picnic at several sites in the park.  There are gorgeous views of Mountain Fork River to take in from the trails or see some wildlife, like eagles, deer, turkey, many species of birds and other animals during your hikes.  These parks have wonderful hiking amongst towering pines, rivers and vistas, whether you choose Skyline Trail, an 11.6-mile challenging hike winding through waterfalls and mountain peaks, to the Lookout Mountain, a 1.9 mile easy trail with incredible views, or hike up and down the Lower Mountain Fork River, you are sure to find the trail that suits you best.  The area is known for long fall color season from late October and early November where the forest begins to transform from lush green to brilliant shades of gold and bright crimson.  There is so much nature to see in Broken Bow, you won’t be disappointed.

Autumn is something to truly take in here with stunning panoramas everywhere you turn.  Rent Rustic Mountain Lodge, a 4 bedroom lodge with stunning views, Rustic Hollow, a 2 bedroom secluded modern styled cabin, or Rustic Retreat, a 2 bedroom cabin surrounded by towering pines, and truly experience the serenity and lushness of Oklahoma all around you.

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Top Things to do in Broken Bow | Fly Fishing

#3. Fishing and Fly Fishing | mt fork river

Bring your rod & reel and find your favorite fishing hole up and down Mountain Fork River or hire some of the best fishing guides out there to help you become the best angler in Oklahoma.  Mountain Fork River offers a year-round destination for the best trout fishing in the surrounding region.  The cool waters below Broken Bow dam provide year-round habitat for Brown and Rainbow Trout, perfect for fly fishing.  Beavers Bend fishing never disappoints, whether you are wading in the Mountain Fork River with a fly rod or trolling on Broken Bow Lake’s 180 miles of shoreline, its rock-lined floor yields some of the clearest water in the region.  Lower Mountain Fork has 12 miles of designated trout water for year-round fishing.  You are surrounded by Ouachita National Forest and it flows through Beavers Bend State Park, making it simply picturesque. If you want to try another area, you can go to Oklahoma’s only free-flowing river, Glover River, a short drive North of Broken Bow,  or 30 miles west is Pine Creek Lake.  

Fishing Guides:
Fly Fish - Lower Mt Fork River - Beavers Bend Fly Shop - (580) 494-6071

Target Species:  Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye

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Top Things to do in Broken Bow | Canoe

#4. Canoeing, Kayaking, Paddle Boarding & Paddle Boats in Broken bow

From wild and thrilling to serene and tranquil, you’ll find kayaking, rafting and canoeing adventures in some of the most stunning settings in clear mountain-fed waters around Beavers Bend. The Mountain Fork River is famed as the fly fishing destination, but its rushing waters are also perfect for kayaking, floating, & canoeing.  The River offers Class I and II rapids with exciting waterfalls and also calmer waters lined with bald cypress trees.  If a more challenging ride is more your speed, Glover River is a secluded, untamed, and natural waterway.  You can reach out to any of the companies in our Directory & Map section to take you out on these rivers.

Wild Goose Canoe & Kayak, Yippie Kayo Kayaks, River Rats Kayak Rental or WW Trading Post Canoe and Kayak

Explore Broken Bow Lake at a slower pace with a board on your feet and a paddle in your hand.  Paddle around Broken Bow Lake enjoying the pristine nature surrounding the 180 miles of shoreline.  You can also rent a paddle boat or paddle board on The Lower Mountain Fork River.  If you are looking to get on the water and have a great time, while getting in shape and enjoying nature, look no further than paddleSUP. Whether you are a seasoned paddler or a beginner paddleSUP will offer a fantastic experience on the water.

Top Things to do in Broken Bow | Dining

#5. Best Food to Tempt Your Taste Buds in broken bow

Wonderful dining destinations in Hochatown are only a short 3-10 minute drive from Rustic Luxury Cabins where you can indulge your taste buds and enjoy an array of culinary delights. Pizza – Grateful Head Pizza Oven & Taproom, Fried Chicken & Home Cooking – The Blue Rooster, Steak, Seafood & Brunch – Abendigo's Grill & Patio; Life Changing BBQ – Hochatown BBQ; Burgers – House of Burgers & Blues; Farm to Fork Foods (Take Out) – Rolling Fork Takery; Breakfast, Catfish & Pies – Steven’s Gap Restaurant; Breakfast – Adam & Eve Coffee; American Cuisine & Brunch – Hochatown Saloon; Seafood & Po-Boys - Shuck Me.

Top Things to do in Broken Bow | Wineries

#6. Wineries in broken bow & beavers bend

If you’re looking for a place to raise a glass around Broken Bow, you’ll find an array of wineries with outdoor patios and fire pits, great gift shops and fun wines varying from dry Cabernets to sweeter styled Moscatos.  All the wineries offer tastings and an opportunity to bring a few bottles back to the cabin or enjoy at the winery.

Girls Gone Wine | Fish Tales Winery | Vojai’s Winery | Knotted Rope WInery

Top Things to do in Broken Bow | Breweries

#7. Brewery Tours in broken bow, ok

Love great craft beer? Visit the Beavers Bend Brewery or Mountain Fork Brewery which both have revolving taps of fresh craft beer, including IPAs, Brown Ales, Pale Ales & seasonal brews made on-site. Come hang out with us and enjoy a tasting flight, a full pour and grab some beer to go!

Beavers Bend Brewery | Mountain Fork Brewery

Top Things to do in Broken Bow | Nightlife

#8. Nightlife in broken bow

For those looking for an after dinner drink or a place to show off their two-stepping, you can head to Hochatown Saloon which turns from a restaurant into a dance hall at 9pm.  They feature live country western and rock music on weekends and special events.  They are open until 2am.  If you would prefer a quieter atmosphere, go to The Tasting Room for specialty cocktails and a great selection of bourbons and other spirits.  Abendigos and Grateful Head Pizza Oven & Tap Room have great patios and typically offer live music on weekends.  Check their websites for shows and events.

Top Things to do in Broken Bow | Horseback Riding

#9. Horseback Riding in broken bow & beavers bend

River Man Trail Rides & Glover River Tail Rides - Saddle up and grab the reins on an adventure through more than a half-million acres of forested mountain trails with beautiful vistas from the mountains to riding down by creeks and rivers.  Whether you're a first-timer or experienced, horseback riding is a great way to enjoy the spectacular scenery in The Ouachita National Forest and the Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area.

Beavers Bend Depot & Trail Rides will take you through 2 1/2 miles of scenic Beavers Bend State Park Game Reserve. Expect to see some of the native wildlife such as white tail deer, squirrel, fox, etc. The ride lasts approximately 45 minutes but please allow at least an hour to complete the ride.  After your ride, come back to the snack bar for gifts, ice cream, funnel cakes & snacks.

Top Things to do in Broken Bow | Rugaru Adventures Zip Line

#10. Rugaru Adventure

Rugaru (ROO-GA-ROO) Adventures offers a unique experience unlike anything in the area.  The trained guides will take you on a zipline adventure that starts by guiding you through the canopies of the forest and ends with an incredible view over Broken Bow Lake.  The tour takes you through 6 zip lines that range from 300ft to 1,100ft.  You will reach heights up to 60ft and up to 35mph.  Each tour lasts about 2 hours.  Book your Rugaru adventure today!

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#11. Enjoy Your broken bow luxury Cabin

Relax by the outdoor fire under the stars, have a glass wine or a beer in the hot tub; stargaze in one of the darkest places near Oklahoma & Texas; cozy up with a book and blanket; make s’mores; drink morning coffee and take in some nature.  Rustic Luxury Cabins offers three of the most luxurious cabins in Broken Bow: Rustic Mountain Lodge, a 4 bedroom with stunning views, Rustic Retreat, a 2 bedroom surrounding by towering pines, Rustic Hollow, a 2 bedroom modern cabin with towering windows, and truly experience the serenity and lushness of Oklahoma all around you.

As the Ouachita National Forest begins to transform from lush green to brilliant shades of gold and bright crimson, visitors take in the area’s plentiful fall foliage.  Broken Bow & Beavers Bend Area is known for long fall color season from late October and early November.  Autumn is something truly to see here with stunning panoramas everywhere you turn.  

Top Things to do in Broken Bow | Duck Tour

#12. Duck Tour on broken bow lake

Broken Bow Duck Tours is a one of a kind way to see and learn about Broken Bow Lake, Hochatown, & Beavers Bend State Park.  The Duck (DUKW) is a six-wheel-drive amphibious vessel manufactured during WWII in 1942 to transport troops and goods over water and on land.  The DUKW offers guided tours mid-day, sunset, & holiday tours that lets you experience a unique & memorable ride with a beautiful backdrop of Broken Bow Lake.  Captain C offers great stories of the area and tips to enjoy Broken Bow Lake and he also lets the kiddos wear his captain’s hat and captain the vessel.  This is an experience the kiddos and you won’t forget!

Top Things to do in Broken Bow | Mining

#13. Beavers Bend Mining Company

Head to Beavers Bend Mining Company & bring your pickaxe, mining helmet and geology encyclopedia to have a great time discovering gemstones, shark teeth, and trilobites the way gold prospectors used to find gold and other gems.  Over 66 feet of sluice (waterway / water channel) allows kids to pan for all these treasures and more! Then take them over to the assay area to learn what they found and where in the world it came from. Fun and educational!

Top Things to do in Broken Bow | Petting Zoo

#14. Hochatown Petting Zoo

This petting zoo and licensed wildlife rehabilitation center offers a unique experience to hold, feed, pet & learn about all different types of animals.  You can meet Helen the prairie dog who loves having her belly rubbed, Lois the fox squirrel who is always up to trouble, see Quackers the duck and Bertha the pot belly pig who are best friends, Lola the sugar glider, & Olivia the alpaca.  Hochatown Petting Zoo has so many different types of animals, every visit will offer a unique experience.  They have all the animals of a typical petting zoo, such as goats, pigs, rabbits, donkeys, deer, horses, & snakes.  They also have unique animals like South-American coatimundi, hognose snakes, a bearded dragon, skunks, chinchillas & so many more.  When you visit you will have a guide that takes you around to all of the animals to tell you about their story & interesting facts about them.  There are plenty of animals to pet, snuggle and feed and several baby animals just learning how to make their way in the world.  It’s a hoot!

Top Things to do in Broken Bow | AVT Rental

#15. ATV & Jeep Rentals

If you’d rather skip the long walks and hikes through Beavers Bend State Park, rent an ATV or Jeep to cruise the trails around Broken Bow Lake and in the Ouachita mountains for some incredible scenery and excitement. Bandits ATV & Boat Rentals and Bigfoot Jeep Rentals both have a variety of options for you to choose from.

Top Things to do in Broken Bow | Beavers Bend Depot Train Ride

#16. Beavers Bend Depot & Trail Rides

Take a train ride on a 1/3 size replica of the C.P.Huntington S.P. train with Beavers Bend Depot & Trail Rides through beautiful Beavers Bend State Park game reserve. The train runs 2 times per hour and the ride usually takes 15-20 minutes. Riders will sometimes spot some native wildlife, go up and down Wahoo Hill and run through through the train tunnel before pulling back into the station...don't forget your camera.

Top Things to do in Broken Bow | Minature Golf

#17. Miniature Golf & Cedar Creek Golf Course

Old West Town Miniature Golf - Head back to the 1800s for 18 holes of miniature golf set in the Wild West, with a Dentist Office, an 1890 Post Office, Undertaker, Hotel and Saloon.  The course winds through an authentic Wild West Town past the Blacksmith shop, Stables and through the Church.  Each year, they add new touches and antiques to keep the town interesting.  When you are done sinking holes in one, there is an ice cream shop right next door.

Cedar Creek Golf Course at Beavers Bend - Known for its pine-rimmed fairways this beautiful course is nestled in the foothills of the Kiamichi Mountains, the long, narrow course is surrounded by pine forests and the deep-blue waters of Broken Bow Lake. Crystal-clear Cedar Creek runs through the course, providing beauty & wildlife. The course features 18 holes at par 72, Bermuda grass greens, tees and fairways, a putting green, driving range, pro shop with cart and club rentals, snacks and drinks.

Top Things to do in Broken Bow | Go Karts

#18. Go Carts in Broken bow

Head to the starting line, start your engines and be ready to race!  The twisting and turning packed courses for racing go-karts of all ages and levels of experience.  You can race at either Big Foot Speedway with go-karts and snow cones or Hochatown Amusements with go-karts, miniature golf and ice cream!

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One of the most unique and relaxing attractions in Broken Bow Oklahoma is Body Harmony Spa. Treat yourself to a award-winning spa treatment at one of Oklahoma's top day spas.  Body Harmony Day Spa provides a very unique 90-minute Sensory Therapeutic bodywork.  If you are more interested in having the relaxation come to you, call A Servant's Hands and they will give you an in-cabin massage therapy.  They offer all the services you would expect and they come to you.

Top Things to do in Broken Bow | Talimena Highway

#20. Talimena National Scenic Byway

If you want to feel some wind in your face and see some incredible views of the Ouachita National Forest & Ouachita Mountain range, less than an hour drive north is Talimena National Scenic Byway, a breathtaking 54-mile route known for spectacular fall foliage and gorgeous floral displays in spring.  Make your way through one of the highest mountain ranges between the Rockies and the Appalachians and view one stunning panorama after another through the winding road nestled in the heart of Choctaw Country.  Designated a National Scenic Byway in 2005, the two-lane road features hiking trails and 22 scenic pull-outs at various points along the route.

Top Things to do in Broken Bow | Escape Game

#21. Escape Room

Hochatown Escape Games is a real life escape game adventure. Once you enter one of the two rooms, you will have 60 minutes to work as a team to find the clues, solve the puzzle and unlock the mystery.  Stumble into Cabin in the Woods and you realize that you are in the middle of a crime scene and you have 60 minutes to identify the killer before he returns.  Or you work for the ATF and a paranoid individual has left a suitcase with a bomb in it.  You must diffuse the bomb and solve the mystery before it goes off.  The Escape Room is great family entertainment, wonderful for birthday parties, or a night out with friends or team building with co-workers.

Top Things to do in Broken Bow | Hunting

#22. Hunting

Located approximately 60 miles West of Broken Bow is The Honobia Creek Wildlife Management Area that covers 80,000 acres in southeast Oklahoma. It includes part of the Ouachita National Forest and a stretch of privately owned timberlands, and includes the Upper Mountain Fork, Glover and Eagle Fork rivers.  The prime activities in the Honobia area are hunting and fishing. The area is roamed by white-tailed deer, turkey, quail, dove, rabbit and other game. Anglers can find sunfish and bass in area rivers, as well as small ponds peppered throughout the land full of bass, sunfish and channel catfish. The area is ideal for hunters and anglers with its variety of game and fish species. Trails are available for mountain biking and limited ATV usage.  A Land Access Permit is required to enter the area, and although it contains no designated camping areas, primitive camping is allowed. For more information on hunting and fishing in the Honobia Creek Wildlife Area, including licensing information, seasons and other regulations, visit the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation website.

Top Things to do in Broken Bow | Shopping

#23. Shopping in broken bow

Are you looking for places in the Sooner State that are full of antique treasures, souveniers or prove the only time you know is Hochatime?  Hochatime is a lifestyle brand from Hochatown with amazing apparel and gifts.  Satisfy your sweet tooth with fudge from either Whippoorwill Fudge Factory or We Fudge a Little and Coffee A LotOnce Upon a Time Antiques offers gifts and home décor; Janet’s Treasure Chest offers antiques, collectibles, jewelry, cowboy hats and fun stuff for the kids; Mostly Memories has memorable antiques; Antiques Etc. has vintage antiques, collectibles, gifts & more. Broken Bow Vintage Market offers unique gifts, gourmet foods, & farmhouse decor.

Other souvenirs shops:
Girls Gone Wine
Hochatown Trading Company
Hochatown Swamp Booger Mercantile

Top Things to do in Broken Bow | Gambling

#24. Gambling in broken bow

At Choctaw Broken Bow, you’ll find hundred of slots, from high-stakes to progressive slots.  Enjoy the blackjack, three card poker, slots and outstanding service.  Choctaw also offers concerts, pay-per-view sporting events, & NFL viewing parties.  Nestled in the middle of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, Choctaw Casino is the destination for big-city fun married with small town comfort and charm. Thousands are paid out each day, so come in and join the action.

Top Things to do in Broken Bow | Museum

#25. Forest Heritage Center Museum

The museum houses historical documents, antique forestry tools, wood art, homestead memorabilia, and a research library filled with books, periodicals, dioramas, a 100 year old cabin, and traditional woodworking tools dating from the earliest tools to harvest timber and other materials pertaining to forestry.

Other Resources for traveling to broken bow:

McCurtain County: Activites, Cabin Rentals, Events, Blogs
Travel OK: Listings for Blogs, Camp Grounds, Events, Info on Broken Bow Lake & Beavers Bend