One of our favorite places to go exploring in Oklahoma is Beavers Bend State Park! Rent one of the cozy Broken Bow cabins and set out on your next Oklahoma adventure!
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Beavers Bend State Park in Broken Bow, Oklahoma is one of our state’s most popular destinations…and for good reason! It’s absolutely gorgeous, and there are so many activities that everyone is sure to find a favorite!
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Our Beavers Bend State Park Vacation
In October 2020, we (like everyone else) had been at home for months. We had had to abandon our idea for a road trip across the Southwest Region of the U.S. in late spring. By fall, we really needed to get away.
We knew that we:
- couldn’t go far
- needed a place where we could enjoy the outdoors with plenty of distance from others
- had to rent a cabin instead of a hotel (we always prefer to do this when we’re traveling with our teenagers, but my weak immune system and the fact that we needed to bring our dogs this time made it a necessity)
We had heard amazing things about Beavers Bend State Park, and it met all of our requirements, so we decided to give it a try! We had waited until about a week before we wanted to go, so it took quite a bit of work to find an available cabin (it’s a popular vacation spot all year round).
We headed down to southeast Oklahoma on a Sunday afternoon and stayed until Friday. Since this was kind of a last minute trip for us, we didn’t really plan out activities like we normally do for a trip. We just wanted to take it easy and see what each day brought.
We ended up doing plenty of hiking and exploring and a little fishing, but we will definitely make sure we plan ahead for some of the other activities next time. We’d love to take a float trip, go horseback riding, and take fly fishing lessons!
They had just put away the kayaks and paddle boats for the season when we arrived, so we’d like to enjoy those on our next trip, too.
Why You’ll Love Beavers Bend State Park
There are a million reasons to love Beavers Bend State Park! Here are some highlights that will have you ready to go exploring at one of the most popular Oklahoma vacation spots!
Ultimate Oklahoma Adventure
Beavers Bend State Park is an outdoor lover’s dream! Mountain Fork River and Broken Bow Lake offer all the water activities you could imagine (except surfing…there’s no surfing).
Water activities include:
- fishing (even fly fishing)
- paddle boarding
- paddle boating
- water skiing
- scuba diving
- river float trips
Land activities include:
- nature center
- hiking (various levels of difficulty)
- horseback riding
- wildlife watching
Broken Bow Cabins-The Perfect Retreat
Renting one of the many Broken Bow cabins is a great way to experience Beavers Bend State Park! You’ll find them nestled in the beautiful pine trees along the winding roads all around the area.
From what we saw, most of them have space for the whole family, balconies, hot tubs, fire pits, and plenty of privacy.
Ours was right across the street from another cabin, but we spent most of our outdoor time on the other side of the cabin where we couldn’t see any neighbors.
Beavers Bend Cabins, Lodge, RV Sites, Tent Sites, and Group Camps
Beavers Bend State Park also has plenty of great accommodation choices, as well! You can rent one of the 47 one- or two-bedroom cabins with kitchenettes (some even allow pets).
All of the 40 rooms at the lovely Lakeview Lodge offer a gorgeous view of Broken Bow Lake. Free continental breakfast is even included!
Maybe you’d prefer to rent an RV or pitch your tent? Beavers Bend State Park has numerous camping areas with 393 campsites and over 50 tent sites!
Two group campsites round out the available accommodations at Beavers Bend State Park.
What to Know Before You Go to Beavers Bend State Park
Most Oklahoma State Parks require guests to pay for a parking pass. This program was implemented in the summer of 2020 to help maintain the infrastructure of the parks.
You can purchase single-day, multi-day, or annual passes. Find all the information you need to purchase your pass and check out discounts here.
You’ll enter your license plate number when you purchase the pass, and this is how they’ll know if you’ve paid. Don’t try to get away with not getting a parking pass…we saw several vehicles getting parking tickets while we were there!
There is one restaurant inside Beavers Bend State Park. There is also a country store that has concessions, a gift shop, and limited food items.
There are several restaurants in nearby Hochatown and Broken Bow. We had to drive in to Broken Bow to find a regular grocery store that wasn’t outrageously expensive.
Picnic areas are available throughout the park.
Leashed pets are welcome at Beavers Bend State Park. Some of the cabins allow pets for an additional fee.
Make sure to check the Beavers Bend State Park website for any updated information and to book your in-park accommodations!
Beavers Bend State Park is one of Oklahoma’s prized gems, and we can’t wait to go back!