Broken Bow Lake, Broken Bow

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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 22mi 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 Purnell, after Isaac Purnell, a railroad official. When postal officials rejected that designation, the name was changed to Mitchell, honoring another railroad company officer. Postal officials also rejected that because another post office of the same name existed elsewhere in the territory. They named the post office Bokhoma (a Choctaw word meaning Red River), which opened December 15, 1902. Railroad officials then chose the name Idabel, a compound of the names of Isaac Purnell's two daughters, Ida and Bell. The post office was then renamed Idabel.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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  • OMG, what a beautiful lake! As I understand, traffic “in season” (summer), is pretty dangerous. That said, there were hardly any visitors around the lake or park visitor center while we were there. Th...  more »
  • The lake was beautiful as well as the scenery! Although it was cold they offer so much to do. Fly fishing was amazing!! The water is super clear! If you're an early bird you're sure to see plenty of d...  more »
  • I seen like little islands on the lake which I thought was amazing. Breathtaking views. It was cold outside when we went but we still had a great time. Tons of trees, areas to canoe and go boating and...  more »
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  • Broken Bow Lake OK, located on the other side of the cabin we rented, Broken Bow Cabin. There's a tent camp sites $14 per tent a night, also there's RV camping sites, camp ground has a picnic table and a grill, saw couple people bringing their boats to the lake, mostly fishing boat. I not big on fishing, so I can't tell if it's the best lake for fishing, However, if you want to take your friends, family, or girlfriend/ boyfriend, you will enjoy a quiet beautiful view, like an hour hike, and also good some to take couple cool pics, check out the one I upload.
  • A massive man-made lake made in Eastern Oklahoma... Literally a beautiful place with very pristine clean water, great Recreation Islands inside the lake so you can spend the night on the islands... I believe it is surrounded by National Forest so that the water is protected and pristine... I don't believe there are any homes on the lake
  • Beautiful wooded setting, good fishing lake both from bank or boat. Rental cabins close by, also camping areas.
  • A beautiful swimming hole, scenery, clean, great fishing, boating, fishing, and all around great family place.
  • Beautiful 2nd time here and still love it.
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