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.
Points 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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  • Broken Bow is absolutely stunning and an amazing place to get away and relax! My family and I go almost every year! We have has amazing cabins in the past years until this year :/ Our current cabin is...  more »
  • We love to visit this lake at least a few times a year. You can bring the kiddos or enjoy a weekend getaway with the spouse.  more »
  • The lake is breath taking! The views are amazing and the water is crystal clear! It was cold so we couldn't get in the water but it was still worth to rent the boat!  more »
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  • This place is absolutely gorgeous, only 3 hours from dallas.
  • Great place to relax and unwind.
  • Clearest lake I've seen in the south. makes me feel like I'm back in the mountains of Idaho.
  • Nice place for the family!!
  • Beautiful lake and really nice cabins near the lake. Fishing not so good.
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