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Exploring the Beauty of Broken Bow Lake: A Must-See Destination for Outdoor Enthusiasts


Beautiful colors in the sky above Broken Bow Lake at sunset

Nestled in the verdant landscapes of southeast Oklahoma, Broken Bow Lake stands as a breathtaking jewel near the town of Broken Bow. This exquisitely picturesque lake, situated in proximity to the Texas and Arkansas borders, beckons travelers with its allure, just a leisurely three-hour drive from bustling Dallas, Texas. Renowned as a cherished weekend sanctuary for lake enthusiasts across the southern region, Broken Bow Lake captivates visitors with its natural splendor.



View of boats parked at a marina at Broken Bow Lake


Embraced by the majestic Kiamichi Mountains and enveloped by the lush expanse of the Ouachita National Forest, Broken Bow Lake offers a scenic haven like no other. Spanning approximately 14,000 acres, this sizable lake boasts pristine, azure waters that enthrall outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.



Beavers Bend Dam at Broken Bow Lake and the Broken Bow Lake

With its origins dating back to the late 1960s, Broken Bow Lake was meticulously crafted and officially opened to the public in 1970, transforming Old Hochatown into a submerged memory. Situated alongside the meandering Mountain Fork River, the lake is conveniently nestled just 8 miles north of the charming town of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, with the newly re-established community of Hochatown (Nov., 2022) serving as the gateway to this captivating destination.


Historical sign with the story of the original Hochatown


Blessed with a diverse ecosystem, Broken Bow Lake offers an array of recreational opportunities, from trout fishing to bass angling, providing fishermen and fisherwomen with unique experiences amidst its tranquil waters. The pristine Mountain Fork River not only feeds the lake with its cool, crystalline currents but also provides idyllic settings for kayaking adventures.


A fisherman holding a large bass fish on a boat on Broken Bow Lake

Surrounded by picturesque state parks, Broken Bow Lake boasts some of the most captivating natural landscapes in the southern United States, offering visitors a sanctuary of serenity and natural beauty. A favored weekend retreat for travelers from Texas, Arkansas, and beyond, Broken Bow Lake remains an enduring testament to the timeless allure of nature's wonders and the best of what Oklahoma has to offer. Stay at Retro Rose Retreat for an extra-special visit. We have a half-circle driveway that will fit a large vehicle and boat trailer, with room to spare.


Six red Adirondack chairs around a fire ring with pine trees and a cabin and hot tub in the background.

For more information, visit: www.brokenbowlake.org

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