Of the 32 destinations that make up Oklahoma’s state park system, few can match Beavers Bend State Park for its sheer ‘wow’ factor.
Spread across 3,482 acres, the park lies on the shores of both the Mountain Fork River and Broken Bow Lake. This makes it the perfect place to enjoy a wide range of water based recreational activities.
Established in 1937, it also boasts a gorgeous landscape of towering pine and hardwood trees, and rugged, mountainous terrain, which are best explored through a number of fantastic trails that wind through the park.
A veritable outdoor lover’s paradise, given its outstanding scenic beauty, it is no wonder the park ranks as one of the Sooner State’s most popular areas.
Where is Beavers Bend State Park?
Beavers Bend State Park is tucked away in the mountainous region of southeast Oklahoma.
Situated in McCurtain County, it is approximately 10.5 miles north of Broken Bow on SH-259A.
Within easy reach of several major cities, it will take you just under 4 hours to drive south east there from Oklahoma City. While from Dallas you can get there in 3 hours and 15 minutes if you drive in a north east direction.
It will also take you about 3 hours and 15 minutes to get there from Little Rock in Arkansas, if you head there in a southwest direction. Meanwhile those coming from Shreveport in Louisiana should get to the park in about 2 hours and 45 minutes if they drove north.
Visitors to Beavers Bend State Park are able to enjoy a wide range of outdoor recreational pursuits.
This includes everything from hiking, fishing, boating and horseback riding to canoeing, kayaking, water skiing and river float trips.
Other activities you can enjoy include tennis, volleyball and mini-golf.
Fishing at Beavers Bend State Park
The trout streams at the park are well stocked all year-round, so if you love fishing you should enjoy the opportunity to find a quiet spot either by the Mountain Fork River, or the picturesque Broken Bow Lake.
Between these areas, you will find two catch-and-release trophy areas.
Hiking at Beavers Bend State Park
The park has a number of hiking, walking, and birding trails that showcase the exquisite natural beauty of the area.
These trails range in distance and difficulty from easy to very difficult. Some of the most notable of them include:
- Pine Ridge Trail at Beavers Bend – This 1.1-km loop trail is located near Broken Bow. It is an excellent trail for hiking, birding and camping. It is unlikely you’ll see many other people whilst on it. Length: 1.1 km, Degree of Difficulty: easy, Estimated Time: 16 minutes
- Beaver Lodge Nature Trail – A moderately challenging 4.8-km out-and-back trail situated near Broken Bow. It is a popular trail for birding, fishing and camping, though you can still find some solitude at most times of the day. The trail is open throughout the year and is renowned for its beauty. Dogs are welcome to join you, but must be on a leash at all times. Length: 2 miles Degree of Difficulty: moderate, Estimated Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
- Lower Mountain Fork River – This is the longest trail in the park and is considered the most difficult. However it showcases some of the most beautiful parts of it. Length: 26 miles Degree of Difficulty: challenging, Estimated Time: 10 hour 30 minutes
Camping At Beavers Bend State Park
There are plenty of accommodation options available at Beavers Bend State Park for those who want to stay for a few days.
Flanking the Mountain Fork River, and set among stately trees, there are eight camping areas all up. Between them, they offer 393 RV campsites, as well as 50 tent sites, which can all be reserved online.
In addition to these options, you can also choose to stay at any of its 47 modern contemporary cabins, which all have a real earthy feel to them. All of them come with a kitchenette, so are perfect for those who are looking to self cater.
There are also two group camps as well for those visiting the park in larger numbers.
Lodge At Beavers Bend State Park
If you really fancy treating yourself whilst visiting Beavers Bend State Park then you may want to consider a stay at their lodge.
Nestled on the shores of Broken Bow Lake, the lodge boasts 40 rooms, each of which showcases tremendous views of the shimmering water. There are also four suites, as well as a Great Room that features a fantastic stone fireplace.
One of the best things about staying at the lodge is that guests are served a free continental breakfast in the Great Room every morning.
You can reserve a room at the lodge by calling toll-free at 800-435-5514.
Amenities At Beavers Bend State Park
Beavers Bend State Park is a renowned spot for a picnic, and you’ll find plenty of scenic picnic areas scattered throughout the park.
Other amenities include restrooms, showers, waste dump stations, a restaurant, grocery shop, gift shop and an amphitheater.
There is also a Forest Heritage Center situated within the park that makes for an interesting diversion.
Pets At Beavers Bend State Park
Dogs that are on a leash are very welcome in the park.
In fact most of the tent and RV sites are pet friendly, whilst some of the one and two bedroom cabins allow you to keep pets in them for a nominal daily fee.
Beavers Bend State Park
4350 S, OK-259A
Broken Bow, OK 74728
It is open every day of the week from 8 am to 5 pm.
Below is a brief video showcasing a number of attractions at Beavers Bend State Park: