Beavers Bend State Park, located in southeast Oklahoma along the shores of Broken Bow Lake and the Mountain Fork River is one of our favorite get-away campgrounds since we discovered it approximately 15-years ago when it was shared with us by a fellow-camper, so we want to share with those of you who have not visited one of the best kept secrets! Okay, well maybe its not a secret anymore, we see advertisement for this park more often than we would like.
When we first started visiting this park it was pretty easy to get a river-view campsite and today it is not so easy, especially over a weekend or school holiday. The RV campgrounds include sections that are Reservable (plan far ahead) and non-Reservable. All sites have Water and Electric (some 50 amp in newer sections, else 30 amp). Dump stations are convenient and close enough that you can use a portable waste tote to avoid having to break camp to dump on a long visit.
The park offers rental cabins and there are many cabins for rent outside the park in the surrounding area. We have planned family reunions a couple of times at this beautiful park, renting the cabins for extended family. We rented a large 5-bedroom house for all of our grown children, their spouses and our grandchildren through:
Beavers Bend State Park offers rentals of canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, paddle boards, horse-back guided trail rides, hayrides, train rides through the park. There are many hiking trails, trout are stocked in the river every 2-weeks with fishing areas for open reals and areas marked as “Red Zone” for waders and fly-fishing. Broken Bow Lake, only a few miles from the State Park, offers boat rentals, jet-ski rentals and house boat rentals. There are RV campsites also located at Broken Bow Lake.
The grandchildren each wanted to row their very own single-kayak and they actually did very well, staying well ahead of us in our rented canoe. Another first for two of the grandchildren was a horseback guided trail ride and although one was a little frightened at first climbing on the back of his large horse, both thoroughly enjoyed our horseback ride through the park. The one most frightened came off the ride wanting his own personal pet horse. Though not a first time experience, we once again bought a ticket for the train ride, at $3 is one worth repeating with the kids every time we go.
The grandchildren were out of school for Columbus Day on Friday and Monday, October 6 and 10. We were having awesome, Fall-like cool weather in Dallas and decided to pack-up the RV and head to our favorite campground, only approximately 200 miles from home. To secure a campsite for the extended school holiday weekend, we drove up a week before the grandchildren were out of school and then drove back to Dallas to pick them up at the end of the school day on Thursday afternoon, then returned right back to our awesome river-side campsite.
Three of the five grandchildren live in the Dallas area and were able to spend the long weekend doing one of their favorite things . . . camping with Papa and Nana in the RV! We roasted marshmallows over the campfire for s’mores, we hiked through the woods along the creek-beds. We fished, rode bikes, played badminton and washers. Two of our grandsons camped outdoors with Papa in a tent for their very first time. The next morning, all previous fears were gone and they were excited about the new experience and wanted to sleep in the tent the second night too.
One of our biggest enjoyments in RVing at Beavers Bend is the beautiful nature! Deer are often grazing all over the park, herds of deer can be seen crossing the street. Creek beds with river rock and gentle streams are accessible along many of the walking trails. A favorite time to visit is during the Fall change of colors. Thousands of trees glistening with colors of yellow, red, orange blending with different shades of green can be seen.
Our joy in life since retirement is to take nice long RV roadtrips to places we have never traveled, make repeated trips to our favorite places, spend time with our children and grandchildren, and continue to make memories to carry us through the remainder of our life. We thank God for our current good health.