During the recent Thanksgiving break, our family decided to take a real break and get out of town for the entire week. I have had my eyes set on Beaver’s Bend Lake near Broken Bow, OK for about 10 years. There comes a time when you just pin your ears back and just do it. Boy, am I glad that we did.
Located in the southeastern corner of Oklahoma, from our home in the Shreveport, LA area, it was only a three and a half hour drive. The town is quaint. It has that old style feel and has a Wal-Mart without the grocery side and the old style customer service to match. Everyone was friendly, which I really liked. Hellos and Happy Thanksgivings were on the tongue of everyone. At the minimum, you get the gentle nod of the head and a warm smile.
The terrain is gorgeous. Steep hillsides erupt from low lands where you can see for miles. I am sure that leaf gazing in the fall would be spectacular. Unfortunately we had a sharp cold spell about two weeks prior to the trip and almost all of the foliage had fallen from the trees. Equally stunning would be this area in the full bloom of spring with dappled Dogwoods throughout the hillsides. We plan to return to take in that sight in the future.
|Creek Ridge Cabin|
Tent camping at this stage of disability may no longer be a real option for me, so we rented a cabin that was fully accessible. These cabins are set up for a decent amount of privacy however; other cabins will be close by. There are more secluded cabins available is you are willing to pay for the privacy. Most all of the cabins offer a fire pit outside and some even provide the firewood too which is a plus. This cabin had a creek running through the valley below it and the view was gorgeous. We also were visited by a couple of deer one evening. There are literally cabins for every price range. With Broken Bow only 15 minutes away, we purchased groceries after arriving for our Thanksgiving feast. One note of importance is that there is a “down season”. Some restaurants and amenities were closed during the holidays. Be sure to research what you would like to do and when you would like to do it to make certain it is available when you go. Click the picture for more details on renting the cabin and please mention that we sent you.
|Beaver's Bend Lake|
Beaver’s Bend Lake is a beautiful reservoir and has excellent year-round fishing possibilities. The lake’s dam provides Trout fishing at its finest with dedicated areas for fly fishing and no barbs to kid friendly areas where barbs and bait fishing is allowed. Be sure to observe which zone you are in as this is taken very seriously. It was only $15 for a single day license and there is no special trout stamp required. You could purchase a six day license for $35. Beaver’s Bend is very proactive for disabled fisherman. The state park provides a couple of areas where a wheelchair can sit right out over the river to fish on the side of the bridges. Other fisherman understood the areas too and were accommodating by moving aside when I pulled up in my wheel chair.
Deer hunting is very accessible with a wildlife management area close by. Out of state hunting license whether using archery, rifle or muzzle-loader was $280 and gives you six tags for the full hunting season. No short term license for big game was available which was a bummer. Still, if I had a full week to hunt and relax, that would be worth it. We met a guy that had killed a 2 year old deer that had a massive rack. Every hunter I met stated that the hunting was prolific in that area. It will be on my to-do list next trip.
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|American Indian Youth Spring Powow|
I would be remiss if I did not mention that Oklahoma was once known as the Indian Nations. The Cherokee and Choctaw are still prevalent in the state. To experience some of the culture of American’s first peoples, you can catch the American Indian Youth Leadership Spring Powow which will be held on April 4th in 2015. What an amazing experience that would be and admission is free!