Broken Bow, Oklahoma
Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce
113 West MLK Drive, Broken Bow, OK 74728
Telephone: (800) 528-7337 (Office)
The gateway city to Broken Bow Lake, Beavers Bend Resort Park, the Mountain Fork and Glover Rivers, and the Ouachita National Forest.
Broken Bow, located at the foothills of the Kiamichi Mountains and home of the ever popular Beavers Bend State Park, welcomes visitors from near and far to enjoy the natural resources that have made Broken Bow thrive. This scenic area, known for its luscious green forests and abundance of clear water, provides a fun-filled environment for many popular outdoor activities such as canoeing, boating, hiking, bird watching, golfing, scuba diving, hunting, mountain biking, camping, horseback riding, four wheeling and all types of fishing. We currently hold the State Record Brown Trout, at 17 pounds 4.64 ounces, caught in Lower Mountain Fork River and the State Record for Large Mouth Bass, at 14 pounds 11.52 ounces, caught in Broken Bow Lake.
Broken Bow Lake has 180 miles of shoreline; it is one of Oklahoma’s most scenic lakes. Whether you are fishing for trout in streams that are stocked year-round or canoeing the rapids of the Lower Mountain Fork, there is an outdoor activity suited for all ages and seasons.
Culture and history are plentiful in Broken Bow with three museums, each with its own unique subject to offer a rewarding learning experience.
The Gardner Mansion and Museum is well-known for their collection of pre-historic and historic Indian and Pioneer artifacts. The museum was originally a mansion built in 1884 for Jefferson Gardner who later went on to be the chief of the Choctaw Indians for several years. Also located outside the museum are the remains of a 2,000 year-old Cypress tree.
At the entrance to the Beavers Bend State Park is the Beavers Bend Wildlife Museum. Not only does this museum feature wildlife exhibits but also environmental education, making it a true learning experience for all ages.
The Forest Heritage Center Museum is located within the Beavers Bend State Park.
Through a series of 14 large dioramas, painted by famous Smokey Bear artist Harry Rossoll, visitors learn the important role forestry plays in their lives. The Forest Heritage Center also is home to another Harry Rossoll creation, Tree Bear, who was developed to encourage tree planting and spread the message “Good Things Come From Trees!” One of the museum’s newest exhibits, “The People of the Forest”, includes over 150 historic photographs illustrating early day logging in and around Broken Bow and the surrounding communities.