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 Beavers Bend & Broken Bow 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.  We 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.

Open our interactive map “Top 25 Things in Broken Bow” below:

#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


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 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.


Trail Map & Hiking Guide:
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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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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, or Tippa Canoe.

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.


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; Breakfast, Catfish & Pies – Steven’s Gap Restaurant; American Cuisine & Brunch – Hochatown Saloon; Pizza & Wine Bar – Pressa Italia; and then some fudge to top it off – Whippoorwill Fudge & Sweet Shoppe


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 | Knotted Rope Winery


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 | Hochatown Distilling Co.


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.


River Man Trail Rides & Glover River Trail 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.


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. Or Experience off-roading in an all-electric ATV. Our professionally guided Swincar tours offer an unforgettable experience as you drive over hills and through the woods of Broken Bow, OK. Book your Rugaru adventure today!


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 five beautiful and luxurious cabins in Broken Bow.


Rustic Treehouse | Rustic Hollow | Rustic Heights | Rustic Retreat | Rustic Haven | Rustic Mountain Lodge


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.  



The Broken Tiki Tours is an engaging way to see Beavers Bend State Park and Broken Bow Lake from a fun and comfortable Tiki themed pontoon boat. Fun for all ages. We are offering fresh air, sunshine, music, cocktails, yard games, tiki bus rides to the tiki boat for lake tours! Enjoy the beautiful outside bar, sit in the shade or soak up that vitamin D on sundeck! Kids welcome, family fun. Hang at the Sitting Duck Bar, take a lake tour or do both!


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! They also have a Dino Dig, offer wax hands and a great souvenir shop. Fun and educational!


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!


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


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.


Nestled on 90 acres in Broken Bow, OK, Beavers Bend Safari Park is home to a variety of animals like Bison, Zebra, Ostrich, Kudu, Deer, and more. The safari park roadway meanders through stunning natural terrain with towering trees and water streams making it the perfect backdrop to observe our magnificent animals as you drive through the safari park and create lifetime memories.


There is no better way to see the beauty of Broken Bow Lake & Beavers Bend than to do it flying in a helicopter! Sky Tours is a helicopter tour provider located in Hochatown, Oklahoma offering unique and incredible views of Beavers Bend State Park, Broken Bow Lake, and the surrounding area. Sky Tours can accommodate up to three passengers. You can also fly with Semper Fly Helicopters who are owned and operated company by a female Marine Veteran. Semper Fly can accommodate up to six passengers in their Bell 206 L3! Both companies are authorized to fly by the FAA in the Broken Bow Area. Booking available on their websites.


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.

The Maze of Hochatown


In The Maze of Hochatown, get lost in a 29,000 square foot wooden maze where not only do you have to find your way out, you have to find Hochatown Hotspots & Towers to complete your game card.

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.


Chili Dippers Golf Club – Brand new 18 hole miniature golf course that takes putting to a new level. The course has sprawling miniature hills, manicured putting greens, and is beautifully landscaped. Chili Dippers is even open and night, so your family fun won’t stop when the sun goes down! For a more whimsical feel, try Old West Town Miniature Golf. The course winds through an authentic Wild West Town past the Blacksmith shop, Stables and through the Church.  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.


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!


Are you looking for places in the Sooner State that are full of antique treasures, souvenirs 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 Hey Sugar Candy StoreOnce 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. Local 259 is a new specialty grocery store with an amazing deli, grocery essentials, great wine selection and other boutique shops next door!


Other souvenirs shops:
Girls Gone Wine
Hochatown Trading Company


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.


Choctaw Landing reflects the natural beauty of Hochatown. Choctaw Landing Casino features a Tuklo Grill, a pool with 10 cabanas, and a fully operational casino with 600 slot machines and eight table games, including roulette, blackjack and poker. The resort also has an outdoor recreation venue with an amphitheater, beer garden and additional food offerings. Additionally, a unique mercantile with groceries, deli, Starbucks, and a 24-pump fuel island is attached to the resort.


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