Looking for adventure in nature? Feeling cooped up from the long winter indoors? Take the whole family to Beaver State Park in Oklahoma for a summer that you will never forget. Beaver State Park is nestled in the mountains and shares shores with Broken Bow Lake and Mountain Fork River.
There are plenty of activities in Beaver State Park, and its excitement and natural beauty draw thousands of visitors every year. Read on for 5 reasons to visit Beaver State Park this summer.
Fishing on Broken Bow Lake
Looking for a vacation for the fisherman in your life? Beaver State Park features many legendary fishing spots either on the clear waters of Broken Bow Lake or in the wild rush of Mountain Fork River.
Those fishing on the lake can expect to find flathead catfish, large and smallmouth bass, crappie, and other local fish. Mountain Fork River also has excellent fishing, with trout available year-round. Don’t want to haul all your fishing gear? No problem! There are several fishing gear rental places in Beaver State Park, especially for those who are interested in the art of fly fishing. Those serious about catching their dinner should consider hiring a fishing guide, who will be able to guide you to the best fishing spots, as well as help you hone your technique.
Hiking Beaver Bend State Park
With hundreds of miles of hiking trails, including the 26-mile David Boren hiking trail, Beaver Bend State Park is an avid hiker’s dream! The forests contain a variety of wildlife including black bears, deer, and a wide variety of birds. Bald eagles are regularly spotted in the park, as well as other rare breeds of birds, making it a must-see for any bird watchers in your family.
Those who are not veteran hikers don’t need to worry– there are a wide variety of trails available for all skill sets. Finish off your hike with a relaxing picnic on Broken Bow shore. With over 180 miles of lake shoreline, you will never have to visit the same place twice!
White Water Rafting, Canoeing, and Kayaking on Mountain Fork River
Those looking for excitement can go white water rafting on Mountain Fork River. Mountain Fork River is considered the best white water creek in the entire state, and it’s easy to see why. The path features small waterfalls and rock gardens.
However, those looking for a more leisurely float are also in luck. Long stretches of the river are slow and pleasant, great for canoeing or kayaking. Don’t own a canoe or kayak? No problem– the town is full of canoe and kayak rental shops that make floating on the water a breeze.
If you want a little history while you take in the natural splendor of the river, consider taking a Mountain Fork River Tour, provided by the descendants of the Choctaw Tribe. The Choctaw Tribe have lived around the Mountain Fork River since 1832, practicing their long-held traditions of medicine, folklore, and agriculture. The tour has two different options, one is slower and more educational while the other is faster, with more excitement. Truly something for everyone!
Play a Few Rounds Of Golf at Cedar Creek Golf Course
Have you ever played golf in a state park? Well, now you can! Cedar Creek Golf course is an 18-hole course nestled in the heart of the park. Pine-lined fairways offer views of the Kiamichi Mountains, guaranteeing you a golfing experience like no other.
The course is bisected by the clear, babbling Cedar Creek. It is not uncommon for golfers to see wildlife on the course such as deer, fox, and bald eagles. Other features of Cedar Creek golf course include a driving range, a pro shop, and a putting green.
Enjoy the Serenity of Nature in One of Our Broken Bow Riverfront Cabins
Without a doubt, the best way to enjoy Beaver State Park is in a cabin. The area boasts many excellent cabins both rustic and modern. Those looking to experience nature without losing out on modern amenities should consider Joelle’s River house and its smaller companion cabin, Viney’s on the river.
Both properties feature stunning riverfront access and fire pits for the entire family’s enjoyment. Joelle’s River House comfortably sleeps eight and features a dock on the water as well as a full back deck. Viney’s is a smaller property with one bedroom and a fenced-in porch. Both cabins are newly renovated with stainless steel appliances, so you only have to rough it if you want! Cabins can be rented together or separately.
Located just minutes away from Beavers State Park, these riverfront cabins are the best way to enjoy Broken Bow! But act fast– these stellar rentals fill up quickly.