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Broken Bow Lake, Broken Bow

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web
Broken Bow Lake is a reservoir in southeastern Oklahoma, located on Mountain Fork River and 9mi northeast of the town of Broken Bow in McCurtain County. It is one of the largest lakes within the state of Oklahoma, and a popular tourist destination for locals and visitors from neighboring Texas and Arkansas.The lake stretches 22 miles (35 km) back into the Ouachita Mountain country where its unusual beauty and scenic appeal beckons all sorts of nature enthusiasts. The mountain terrain is densely forested and there are many species of birds native to the area for birdwatchers to enjoy.HistoryPoints of historical interest located on or near Broken Bow Lake are old Hochatown, inundated by the lake, which was settled by the Choctaw Indians in the early 1830s. Broken Bow, center of the Oklahoma timber production, was named by the Dierks brothers, pioneer lumbermen, for their original home of Broken Bow, Nebraska. The Broken Bow post office was established in 1911. Idabel, seat of McCurtain County was first named Pernell, then renamed for the daughters, Ida and Belle, of a Choctaw citizen on whose land the town was constructed. Located nearby at the site of an old Choctaw settlement is Beavers Bend Resort Park, named for John T. Beavers, a Choctaw intermarried citizen.
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  • This lake is absolutely beautiful. We took Sea Doos and the whole family had a blast. It is not too crowded, and the surrounding area is gorgeous. 
  • I've been to many lakes over the years and this is one of my all-time favorites. It really has everything. Forests and Mountains frame this big lake, which is awesome for kayaking and just about any o...  read more »
  • The weather was absolutely awful but this place was still amazing. Totally worth some time. Will go back with the family again 
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