Broken Bow Lake Travel Guide
Welcome to Broken Bow Lake!
Between the rough sandstone ridges of the Ouachita Mountains and the fertile soil of the Red River basin rests Broken Bow, a city in Oklahoma that was named after the Nebraskan hometown of its founders, the Dierks brothers who opened a lumber company here. But it could have easily been named after the Choctaw tribe who were displaced from the region; some of their artifacts are on display at the Indian Memorial Museum and the Gardner Mansion and Museum, the historic home of the Chief of the Choctaws, built in 1884.
Broken Bow is set among towering pines that provide the backbone for two successful industries: timber and tourism. Just north of the city is Hochatown State Park, home to the eponymously named Broken Bow Lake. Spanning more than 14 acres (5 ha), it is incredible that this bass-filled lake that's dotted with small islands was created by the United States Army Corps when they dammed the Mountain Fork River and forced the whole municipality of Hochatown to relocate at the end of the 1960s. Old Hotchatown is an underwater ghost town of sorts and its remnants may be explored while scuba diving. The whole region teems with wildlife, attracting hunters to this self-labelled "deer capital of the world." Broken Bow also serves as the gateway for those visiting Beavers Bend Resort Park, a state park for eagle watching, trout fishing and hiking.
Beavers Bend Resort Park is a recreational haven for those seeking watersports, horseback riding, hiking trails and much more.
Hotels & Motels
Beavers Bend Creative Escapes offers privately owned vacation homes and cabins near Beavers Bend State Park and Broken Bow Lake.
Riverman Trail Rides and Stables is situated 10 mi (16 km) west of Broken Bow in the Ouachita Mountains and offers one to three-hour rides and chuckwagon meals.