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Broken Bow Lake

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Tucked away in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains, this 22-mile long lake in southeastern Oklahoma and its crystal blue waters provide a variety of water recreation opportunities. Grab a pole and try your hand at reeling in a trophy-worthy trout from the fresh mountain-fed water. The clear waters of the 14,000-acre Broken Bow Lake are also a favorite haunt of scuba divers. From wild and thrilling to serene and tranquil, you’ll find kayaking, rafting and canoeing adventures in some of the most stunning settings here. 

Amidst the unusual beauty, outdoor enthusiasts can discover picturesque views available from the calm blue waters at Beavers Bend State Park, located along the Mountain Fork River just below the dam, with a boat or canoe rental as you explore 180 miles of the lake's shoreline. The water beckons for a stay right on the lake in a houseboat or a thrilling Jet Ski ride. Beavers Bend State Park provides cabins and many other recreational facilities just offshore. Densely forested mountain terrain offers shelter for a variety of wildlife for nature enthusiasts and bird watchers to enjoy.

The perfect depth for smallmouth bass fishing, Broken Bow Lake is one of the best year-round fishing spots in Oklahoma. Rocky, tree-lined shores provide the perfect place to rest a while, cast your line or look for fossils. Borrow a boat at Beavers Bend State Park to maximize your fun on the water and venture out to one of the small islands. Fish species include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white (sand) bass, crappie, channel catfish, flathead catfish and various species of sunfish.

The crisp waters below Broken Bow dam provide year-round habitat for Brown and Rainbow Trout, perfect for fly fishing. Beavers Bend fishing never disappoints, whether you are wading in the Mountain Fork River with a fly rod or trolling the shoreline, its rock-lined floor yields some of the clearest water in the region surrounded by Ouachita National Forest. Join wayfarers and wader-clad fishermen and discover the magic the crystal clear waters of Broken Bow Lake hold.

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