Broken Bow Lake, OK

Broken Bow Lake, Oklahoma

Two hundred feet above Beaver's Bend is crystal-clear Broken Bow Lake, a favorite of scuba divers and bass fishermen. Broken Bow Lake is one of the most picturesque settings in Oklahoma. There is 180 miles of pine-studded shoreline, and 14,220 acres of lake. Surrounding the island-dotted lake are plenty of RV and tent sites.

The lake stretches 22 miles back into the Ouachita mountain country where its unusual beauty and scenic appeal beckons all nature enthusiasts. The mountain terrain is densely forested and there are many species of birds native to the area for birdwatchers to enjoy.

Numerous park areas located around the lake give the visitor an unmatched opportunity for outdoor family fun and relaxation. Recreational facilities include boat launching ramps, camping, picnic sites, beaches, water and sanitary facilities.

Cities Near Broken Bow Lake

Broken Bow Lake Fishingmore

Broken Bow Lake Fishing
Broken Bow Lake FishingThe crystal clear waters of Broken Bow Lake provide one of the best year-round fishing sports in Oklahoma. Fish species include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, sand bass, crappie, channel catfish, flathead catfish, and various species of sunfish. Trout fishing is available year-round in the lake's tailwaters.

Lower Mountain Fork River Trout Season

Trout Season: Year round.

Designated Trout Area/Size/Location: 12 mile portion of the Lower Mountain Fork River and its tributaries from Broken Bow dam downstream to U.S. Highway 70 bridge. About five miles of this designated trout stream lies within Beavers Bend 259, in McCurtain County.

Bank Access/Boat Ramps: Access is unlimited within the state park. Below Beavers Bend State Park there are public access points at the reregulation dam and Presbyterian Falls.

Special Regulations:

Brown Trout Regulations (Entire Stream):

1. Daily limit: one (1); Size limit: 20-inch minimum.

Zone I (Broken Bow spillway downstream to State Park dam):

1. Rainbow trout - Daily limit: six (6); Size limit: none.

2. Use of bait and barbed hooks is permitted in Zone I.

Zone II (State Park dam downstream to reregulation dam):

1. Use of bait or barbed hooks is prohibited in Zone II. Fishing is restricted to barbless hooks, artificial flies and lures only.
2. Possession of any trout less than 20-inches in size is prohibited.

Zone III (Reregulation dam downstream to Hwy. 70 bridge):

1. Use of bait and barbed hooks is permitted in Zone III.
2. Possession of any trout less than 20-inches in size is prohibited.

From the State Park Dam downstream to the Hwy 70 bridge (includes both Zones II and III):

1. Rainbow trout: Daily creel limit - one(1); Size limit - 20-inches or longer.
2. Possession of any trout less than 20-inches in size is prohibited.

NOTE: Total daily creel limit is six (6) rainbow trout, no more than one (1) may be 20 inches or longer from either Zones II or III, and one (1) brown trout 20 inches or longer.

Broken Bow Lake Huntingmore

Broken Bow Lake Area Hunting
More than 12,000 acres of land surrounding the Broken Bow Lake are open for hunting, with 5,420 acres designated as the Broken Bow Public Hunting Area. The area is predominately forest, providing habitat for deer, wild turkey, and squirrel. The McCurtain County Wilderness Area, a 14,087 acres oak-pine forest adjacent to and just northeast of the lake, was the first land acquired by the State Department of Wildlife Conservation. No hunting is permitted in this area and public access is strictly regulated.

Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area offers 450,000 acres of public recreation for Oklahoma sportsmen through a cooperative agreement between the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conversation and the landowner, Weyerhaeuser Company.

Broken Bow Lake Hiking Trailsmore

Broken Bow Hiking Trails
Broken Bow Hiking TrailsBroken Bow Lake stretches 22 miles back into the Ouachita Mountain country where the unusual beauty of scenic appeal beckons all nature enthusiasts. The mountain terrain is densely forested with pine and hardwoods with an undercover of holly groves, maple, dogwood, redbud, beauty bush, and a succession of flowering perennials of the forest. Also, there are many species of birds native to the project area for birdwatchers to enjoy.

For hikers there are two nature trails available for their enjoyment; Big Oak Nature Trail and Beaver Lodge Nature Trail.

The Big Oak Nature Trail is about a quarter of a mile long and is suitable for use by senior citizens and small children and will be enjoyed by all nature lovers. It starts near Youth Camp No. 2 in the River Bend Area.

It features the largest white oak tree in Oklahoma. Approximately 300 years old, the tree is over 21 feet in circumference and 107 feet high. It is enclosed by a log fence and log benches have been placed close by in order the the trail walkers may rest and contemplate. The trail crosses a small creek spanned by a redwood bridge.

The rugged and beautiful Beaver Lodge Nature Trail is a two-way trail located near the River Bend Area and is approximately one mile long. It may be entered either from the road below the spillway, or from a gravel road below the dam. The trail winds along a clear stream through a valley surrounded by pine-covered hills. In addition to the shortleaf and loblolly pine, the hills are covered with deciduous trees such as red oak, hickory, sweetgum, ash, elm, and red maple. The stream is a haven for beaver and muskrat. Scenic attractions on the trail include a beaver lodge, for which the trail is named and a log beaver dam. From time to time, the patient and quiet hiker may see deer; squirrels, rabbits, a variety of birds, and other wildlife. Wildflowers, ferns and mosses are abundant along the stream, especially in the springtime. A log bridge crosses the creek.

The two trails have been marked to help guide individual visitors. Arrangements for guided tours may be made at the Project Office located near the dam or by calling the project Manager. Advance notice is required for guided tours for large groups. Vehicles are not allowed on the trails.

Broken Bow Lake Scuba Divingmore

Broken Bow Lake Water Activities
Broken Bow Lake Water Activities"The clear waters" of the 14,000-acre Broken Bow Lake are also a favorite haunt of scuba divers. In the park's Riverbend area water lovers can find yakanoes (a combination kayak and canoe), paddle boats, canoes, and sandy beaches with roped off swim areas.

Other park diversions: golfing, miniature golf, archery, tennis, jet skiing (rentals available), bumper boat rides, boating (party barge rentals available), and canoeing (rentals available).

Broken Bow Lake Campingmore

Broken Bow Lake State Parks
Broken Bow Lake State ParksLocated along the shores of Broken Bow Lake and the Mountain Fork River, guests will find Lakeview Lodge, a 40 room retreat with private decks overlooking the lake at Hochatown State Park which sits adjacent to Beaver's Bend State Park . Other lodging choices include 47 cabins (some with river views), 8 Camping Areas with 393 Campsites, and two Group Camps with capacities of 144. Kitchenettes and pets allowed in cabins only; free breakfast and suites available for lodge guests. Rates from $65-100+.

Recreation opportunities offer the 18 hole Cedar Creek Golf Course, hiking, biking and nature trails, tennis and volleyball, trout fishing, water skiing, nature center activities, river float trips, miniature golf, paddleboats, bumper boats and canoeing, horseback riding, picnic sites, hayrides and train rides. An amphitheatre, gift shop, grocery, restaurant and the Forest Heritage Center on site also. In June, Beavers Bend Resort Park hosts the Owa Chito Festival of the Forest, and in November, the Beavers Bend Folk Festival. Eagle watches are held every November-February.

Broken Bow Lake Fishing Reportsmore

Broken Bow Lake Fishing Report
This is just to remind you that fishing reports are given with the best intentions to help you catch fish. And do remember fishing reports given a few hours ago can change due to a whole list of circumstances. But ---- they are still one of the best ways to determine if fish are biting or not. You might consider calling someone local to find out if the report is still current. Otherwise go and have a good time in participating in the challenge of catching some fish while you have fun fishing!

And if your at your destination for a day or more check out the LASR menu above for local events, attractions and businesses that are there to help make your trip more enjoyable. And thanks to those who do their best to give us great fishing information!


Broken Bow Lake Map

Broken Bow Lake Information

Fees: Park Permit Required

Location: 6 miles N of Broken Bow on US 259-A

Contact: 580-326-2366

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