Located in southeastern Oklahoma in the Ouachita Mountains and Kiamichi Mountains, Broken Bow Lake is a beautiful man-made lake that offers visitors a chance to relax and enjoy the great outdoors. The lake is nestled in Beavers Bend State Park and is perfect for swimming, fishing, boating, and canoeing. There are also several cabins and homes located in the area for visitors to rent. In this guide, we’ll take a look at the history of the lake, what it has to offer visitors, and where to find the best cabins and homes for rent.
In 1820, the US government entered a treaty with the Choctaw Nation giving them land in McCurtain County, Oklahoma in exchange for their homeland in Mississippi. The Trail of Tears route passed near the southern part of Broken Bow Lake. Today, the Choctaw Nation maintains an important presence in the area.
In addition, the nearby town of Hochatown has deep roots with the dam. Old Hochatown formerly set under what is now Broken Bow Lake and was flooded when the dam was built. It relocated to what is now Hochatown and sits along Highway 259 not far from Broken Bow Lake and Beavers Bend State Park.
A densely forested mountain terrain covers the lake’s 180 miles of shoreline. The Corps of Engineers manages the shoreline and no docks or permanent structures are allowed. The Beavers Bend Marina and Beavers Bend State Park Resort are the only areas that are allowed to have such structures.
The Beavers Bend Marina on Broken Bow Lake is a popular destination for boaters and other visitors looking to take advantage of the beautiful lake. It’s actually the only marina on the lake! With full-service boat rentals including pontoons, ski boats, jet skis and more as well as fuel stations, and a range of other amenities, the marina has everything you need for an enjoyable day on the water.
Fishing at Broken Bow Lake is some of the best in the state. The lake has a maximum depth of 52 feet, and it is popular to a number of species that include brown and rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, channel catfish, crappie, paddlefish, northern pike and more.
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation regulates the lake’s fishing regulations that include five fish limits for largemouth, smallmouth, spotted and shoal bass as well as crappie, bluegill and redear sunfish. Rainbow trout are stocked year round and a trout stamp is required for Broken Bow Lake’s rainbow trout fishing.
There are also many different types of cabins and homes available for rent around the lake which offer a range of cabin types and sizes to suit every traveler’s preferences and budget. Many cabins feature amenities like a hot tub, fire pits, gourmet kitchens and more. Read our tips to choosing the Perfect Cabin at Broken Bow >>
If you’re looking for a place to stay near the lake, there are many options available. Whether you’re looking for a rustic cabin or a more modern home, there are you’re sure to find something that suits your needs and budget. Some popular options include Beavers Bend Resort Park, which features cabins and other accommodations within the park and also Beavers Bend Lodge located on the shores of the lake with a lake view from every room!
In addition to fishing and boating, there are plenty of things to do in the beautiful Ouachita National Forest including hiking trails (we recommend the Big Oak Nature Trail, also known as Skyline Trail), biking, bird watching, and golfing at Cedar Creek Golf in Beavers Bend State Park. Vacationers love Broken Bow Lake for its scenic views and endless outdoor recreation. It truly is a nature enthusiasts dream!
Outside the Lake are in Broken Bow and Hochatown, you’ll find even more things to do! Check out our Big List! for more in the area.