If you are looking for a great way to spend a day on the water this summer, I highly recommend visiting the Broken Bow area. The scenery offered there is unlike most Oklahoma landscapes. Here you’ll find the Lower Mt. Fork river which is a clear fast running river that is accessed south of Broken Bow Lake. The water is frigid, and at times flows extremely fast. Navigating the large rocks and small waterfalls can present small challenges while the wide deeper areas provide calm and relaxed floating. I have floated this river every summer for the past 13 years. Previously, I was accustomed to floating the Illinois River near Tahlequah. Not to put down the Illinois, but since my first visit to the Lower Mt. Fork, it has been my river of choice for floating adventures.
Located in the southeastern part of the state, near Broken Bow, Okla., the Lower Mt. Fork river is really just one piece of the scenic pie to enjoy. Beavers Bend state park offers many activities for an outdoor enthusiast. Tent camping is available as well as cabins and lodges for rent around the lake and river. Visiting the river and the lake are really two separate events and if you plan on doing both right give yourself at least four days. River access and lodging is off the beaten path and provides quiet seclusion from the hustle and bustle of lake visitors. Don’t get me wrong, Beavers Bend is huge and one can easily find themselves alone. In fact this is what I enjoy most about this lake, it isn’t like busy lakes where the constant wakes of boats chop the waters all day. Beavers Bend offers year-round trout fishing, horseback riding, fine dining, boating, and great views. You might even get a glimpse of a Black bear not to be mistaken with the frequent Bigfoot sightings.
You could literally do everything there is to do in the area for under $1,000. So the next time you find yourself looking for an inexpensive way to stay cool this summer ask yourself when was the last time you swung from a rope swing into water that is so cold it takes your breath away.
Great Plains living Summer 2013
Reed Boettcher – Publisher