Where To Eat, Play and Stay in Broken Bow, Oklahoma

With a cool, clear lake, amazing places to stay and things to do, Broken Bow has definitely become a playground for North Texans! It’s never surprising to see more Texas license plates in the parking lots than anything else, including Oklahoma! Broken Bow Lake and the surrounding area, which includes Hocatown and two state parks, offers so much to do, from kayaking in the river to amazing hike trails, fly fishing and lots of fun shopping! In fact, there’s so much waiting for you that it can become overwhelming just trying to choose! Here’s some of our favorite activities and recommendations!

While many people refer to the entire area as Broken Bow, what they are actually referring to is Broken Bow Lake. The city of Broken Bow is south of the lake. The most popular town is Hocatown, and there are 2 Oklahoma State Parks; Hocatown State Park and Beavers Bend State Park, which sits on the clear and cold Mountain Fork river.

One thing to keep in mind, Broken Bow really is a busy place year round! For the best pricing and lodging accommodations, you’ll want to plan ahead! For activities such as trail rides, boat rentals, tee times and guided fishing trips, make those reservations in advance!


Abendigos Grill and Patio You’ll love the chance to sit back and relax on this fun patio and great food!

Grateful Head Pizza Fun pizza on a nice patio

Shopping and Activities

Girls Gone Wine Winery Fun winery with tastings, events and perfect for a night out with your besties!

Mountain Man Meat Market is a must stop for us during each visit!


Riverman Trail Rides One of our favorite trail rides!

Beavers Bend Fly Fishing Take a guided fly fishing trip, or just go wading out in the river by the shop!

Beavers Bend Kayak Rentals Explore the river on a kayak or paddleboard

Beavers Bend Marina Rent a pontoon boat, jetski or even stay in a houseboat for some fun out on the lake!

Beaver Bend Mining Company Your kids will love mining for fun and colorful rocks!

Beavers Bend State Park Hiking Trail There are numerous hiking trails in the state park, from 1-mile to the 6-mile Cedar Bluff or Skyline Trail (actually closer to 8 miles), or the 16-mile one-way David Boren hiking/bike trail.

Beavers Bend State Park Train Depot Take a fun ride through the park.

Broken Bow Duck Tours This is just a must for a fun day on the lake!

Hocatown Petting Zoo This rescue facility is always fun to visit, but especially during the Summer when they have tons of babies! Even if you can’t visit, follow their facebook page and consider donating for much needed food and supplies for the rescued animals!

Lucky Dog Canoeing and Tubing Enjoy a day exploring Mountain Fork River by canoe or tube!

Ouachita National Forest Plenty of hiking, camping and more!  It is also the OK trailhead for the Ouachita National Recreational Trail, a 120+ mile thru-backpacking trail into Arkansas! 

Rugaru Zipline Adventures Speed over the trees on this fun zipline course!

Skyline Trail Hike this 10 mile strenuous hike with amazing views!

Talimena Scenic Drive During the Fall, don’t miss this drive to see the beautiful fall colors!


Beavers Bend State Park offers rustic cabins and camping sites, as well as a lodge and cabins.

Blue Beaver Luxury Cabins

Hidden Hills has great homes and cabins.

Broken Bow Cabin Lodging Cabins overlooking Broken Bow Lake

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