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By Marcia Drewitz
Have you and your family been searching for the perfect mountain lake getaway, with fishing, kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding and more attractions available nearby? Look no further than Broken Bow Lake, Hochatown and the Beavers Bend State Park area, nestled between the Ouachita and Kiamichi mountains of Southeastern Oklahoma – just across the Red River from Texas. For your next vacation, consider renting one of the many cabins nestled in pine forests, which offer mountain and lake views. Located only three hours from Dallas, Texas, the area is serene and peaceful, with many outdoor activities available year-round.
For those who enjoy the water, the choices are almost limitless. Jet skis, paddleboats, canoes, and kayaks are available for rental. For those with large families or planning family reunions, you can even rent a houseboat. For a thrill, try parasailing over the sparkling lake or scuba diving. Broken Bow Lake also offers an incredible fishing experience. If you want to try your hand at rainbow or brown trout fishing, the Lower Mountain Fork River has some of the best trout fishing in this region of the United States. If you are a novice fly fisherman, don’t worry – several fishing guides in the area can assist you with learning all the appropriate techniques and skills to fly fish.
The Broken Bow Lake area also offers many free activities for all ages and interests. Those interested in nature and science can tour the Forest Heritage Center Museum, which explores the history of logging in McCurtain County. You can also go bird watching at the Red Slough or see a dinosaur at the Museum of the Red River.
For food and wine lovers, try a tasting of local wines at Girls Gone Wine, sample delicious freshly made fudge at the Whip-Poor-Will Sweet Shoppe, or visit the Waterfall Creek Pecan Farm at Idabel.
Kids and adults alike will enjoy watching a chainsaw sculpting demonstration at Hochatown Junction Station or listening to thrilling campfire stories at the Beavers Bend Amphitheater.
If you are into history, you might want to visit the remnants of the Choctaw and Chickasaw Trail of Tears, view some of McCurtain County’s 17 historical markers, or see Native American artifacts at the Gardner Mansion or Indian Memorial Museum.
Whether you are an adventurous type or simply wanting to relax, several other options await you at Broken Bow and the Beavers Bend State Park area. For animal lovers, the wildlife viewing is spectacular – deer, turkey, and even raccoons. For those wanting some relief from life’s everyday stresses, several day spas offering massages are also nearby. For those wanting to explore the beautiful scenery of the surrounding forests, climb into the saddle and go on a horseback trail ride at one of the nearby stables.
Cabins at Broken Bow Lake
At the end of the day, return to your secluded cabin. Your choices of lodging at Oklahoma’s premier vacation spot are endless, from small cottages, to rustic fishing cabins, to elegantly furnished log cabins that can sleep large families or groups. Many have hot tubs, big screen televisions, fireplaces, privately stocked ponds, and some even allow pets. For honeymooners or those just wanting privacy
If you and your family want a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, consider spending time at one of the cabins at Broken Bow Lake, Hochatown and the Beavers Bend State Park area. Take a deep breath and let the relaxing quiet of the surrounding forests and mountains soothe you.
About the Author: For more information on cabins at Broken Bow Lake, Hochatown, and the Beavers Bend State Park area in McCurtain County, Oklahoma, check out: Mc-Outdoors.com/.
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