With the Texas heat beating down, 60 degree water in the summer time sounds perfect. Mountain Fork just outside Broken Bow, Oklahoma is becoming DFW’s coolest weekend getaway. This being said, it has a lot more to offer than just freezing cold and clear water.

First, you do not really have to rough it unless that is what you are looking for. The log “mini mansions” are beyond spectacular. The good news is there isot a shortage of them. If you get a few friends together they are actually pretty reasonable in price. The best way to find the perfect one is just to google search. There are so many, and I am not really trying to promote one company over another. I prefer to stay past Beaver’s Bend and close to the restaurants and winery. There are 1,000’s of options to choose from, but you have to have reservations. You can’t show up and hope to find one to rent. Bring lots of food, because if you do not want to eat out then you will probably have a great cooking setup at your “mini mansion.”

Next, if you do not want to cook that is okay too. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from. There is a really good pizza place called Greatful Head Pizza and Tap Room  . It’s one of the best kept secrets in the area. Great atmosphere and the pizza is killer. The Blue Rooster  is straight out of a Chip and Joanna episode with cooking like Grandma. Top it off with some wine from Girls Gone Wine  or a cold beer from   Mt. Fork Brewery   .

There are plenty more to pick from, and more popping up. These are just a couple of my favorites.

The lake is beautiful for boating and jet skiing. The water is crystal clear and cold in the summer still. Really refreshing. The river is breath taking and a fun family trip to canoe or kayak. I recommend the ones east of Broken Bow and not in Beaver’s Bend. It’s the difference between a two hour trip and a four t hour trip.  There is a Choctaw Casino in Broken Bow and Idabel. I recommend a hike or a swim in the lake over that but to each their own. There are two good golf courses. One is on the north side of the lake and the other is in Idabel. I have played them both. Both are really good courses. You can rent jet skis, Pontoons, four wheelers, and I’m sure about anything else that you want. You can fly fish in the river, check with the local fly shops on where to go. There are a couple shops and easy to find on the main street. You do not have to prepare too much, and that is what makes it great. If you like camping, there are plenty of spots especially on the lake.  I like the lake better than the river for camping. If you like glamping then google search cabins in Broken Bow. There are 1000’s. You can also call a local realtor for help.  Just remember there is more to do outside of the Beaver’s Bend area. Go 7 miles east to canoe, and 5 miles north to dine and stay. Bring sunscreen, the rocks reflect like noting I have ever seen.  What are you waiting for? You will thank me later!


Happy Adventure!

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