As we roll into our warmer weather, now is a great time to start planning for your Broken Bow / Hochatown trip. Beavers Bend State Park has so much to offer.
Visitors to Beavers Bend State Park will enjoy hiking, biking, boating, fishing, water skiing, nature center activities, river float trips, canoeing, horseback riding and much more. Trout streams are stocked year-round and the park features two catch-and-release trophy areas. Escape into the serenity of nature and follow the Mountain Fork River as it flows from the base of Broken Bow Lake through the park below. This area provides visitors with spectacular views, as well as excellent canoeing and fishing opportunities.
You can play a round of golf at the 18-hole Cedar Creek Golf Course, explore nature from the 26-mile David Boren hiking trail or enjoy water recreation along 180 miles of pine-studded shoreline and 14,220 surface acres of lake. Broken Bow Lake offers plenty of coves and clear water perfect for fishing, boating and scuba diving.
Other activities available include tennis, volleyball and mini-golf. Picnic areas are also scattered throughout the area. An amphitheater, gift shop, grocery, restaurant and the Forest Heritage Center can also be found within Beavers Bend State Park. Don't let the Forest Heritage Center fool you; its free to visit and you could spend a good 90 mins there learning about the area's history, viewing the 14 large dioramas, seeing local woodwork artists work, and more. The Forest Heritage Center is air conditioned in case you need a cool area to retreat to.
As you plan you trip to Beavers Bend State Park, these area maps will be helpful:
- Black and White Simple Trail Map
- Black and White High Level Marina, Boat Ramps, Golf Course, and Lake View Map
- Black and White Beavers Bend Area Map
- Color Beavers Bend Area Map
The Forest Heritage Center is a local gem. I am definitely not doing the center justice, with my couple of pictures. There was a life-sized vintage sign of Smokey the Bear; this brings back memories of the Smokey the Bear I grew up with. We saw an amazing array of art made from wood throughout the center and learned more about the local history.
Did you know "Aiukli" means "beautiful" in the Choctaw language? It is nod to the Choctaw native indians that settled in the area. Aiukli is pronounced eye-yuke-lee.