Pondside Cabin for a Weekend Getaway near Mountain Fork River, OklahomaBroken Bow, Oklahoma (United States)
Pondside Cabin for a Weekend Getaway near Mountain Fork River, Oklahoma
- Pets allowed
In the living/dining room, guests will find a futon that converts into a full-size bed, a wood-burning fireplace, and a flat-screen television, along with a six-person dining table. The fully-equipped kitchen comes with an oven, a stove, a microwave, a refrigerator, a coffeemaker, and ample cabinets, which are stocked with pots, pans, dinnerware, cooking utensils, coffee filters, and dish soap.
Other amenities include cable television, heating, air conditioning, and a limited supply of firewood. Outside, guests will find a deck overlooking one of the cabin site's two private fishing ponds, along with a campfire pit, a charcoal barbecue grill, and a picnic table. Around the 15-acre, densely wooded cabin site, guests will also find a playground, horseshoe pits, a basketball court, a volleyball net, and plenty of parking space for vehicles, boats, and ATV trailers.
If you cancel 7 days or more prior to check-in.
- King-size bed
- Bunk bed
- Air conditioning
- Linens and pillows
- Dining table
- Cooking basics
- Private Lounge/Living room
- Fire pit
- Game room
- Picnic area
Inside the cabin, guests will enjoy amenities such as cable television, a full bathroom, a fully-equipped kitchen, heating, and air conditioning. Linens and bedding are provided, along with a limited supply of firewood. Outside, guests will find a picnic table, a charcoal barbecue grill, and a campfire pit.
Location + Surroundings
The lake is one of the area's main draws, boasting 180 miles of undeveloped shoreline, 14,000 acres of pristine water, and large populations of fish, including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white bass, crappie, sunfish, channel catfish, and walleye. Technically a reservoir, the lake was formed by the damming of the Mountain Fork River, which flows into and out of it to the north and south. The river is a popular site for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing.
The southern shores of the lake are surrounded by Hochatown State Park and Beavers Bend State Park, which contain a variety of hiking and biking trails, a swimming beach, the Stevens Gap Recreation Area, the Carson Creek Recreation Area, and Cedar Creek Golf Course, the entrance to which is right across the road from the cabin site. The parks are home to a variety of mammals and birds, including deer, foxes, raccoons, great blue herons, eagles, and woodpeckers.
Around the northeastern shores of the lake, guests will find the McCurtain County Wilderness Area, which encompasses 14,087 acres of upland oak-pine forest and provides habitats for more than 110 species of bird, including the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. Further north, more than 1.8 million acres of oak woodlands, old-growth forest, rivers, and hiking trails await guests' exploration at Ouachita National Forest.
To the south of the site, even more protected natural splendor can be found at the Little River National Wildlife Refuge, which contains 13,660 acres of bottomland hardwood forest, and the Red Slough Wildlife Management Area (WMA), which safeguards 5,814 acres of wetlands, scrub habitat, bottomland hardwood forest, reservoirs, woodlands, and a waterfowl refuge. Residents of the WMA include bald eagles, American alligators, and black bears.
A variety of cafes, restaurants, bars, and wineries can be found in the nearby towns of Broken Bow, Valliant, and Idabel. The closest regional airport is located about an hour and 40 minutes away in Texarkana, Arkansas. The cabin site is about three hours and 15 minutes from Dallas, where the nearest international airport is located.
- Water sports
- Horseback riding
- Stand-up paddleboarding
- Wildlife watching
Right at the cabin site, guests can go fishing on two private fishing ponds, and they can play horseshoes, basketball, and volleyball at the site's sporting areas.
At nearby Beavers Bend State Park and Hochatown State Park, which border each other, guests can go hiking and biking on a variety of trails. These include the acclaimed David Boren Trail, which is actually a network of seven trails that can be traveled individually or in various combinations to suit guests' time and difficulty preferences. While exploring the trails, guests can keep an eye out for wildlife and birds such as deer, foxes, raccoons, great blue herons, eagles, and woodpeckers. Eagle watching tours are available from park rangers between November and February.
At the state parks, guests will also find a swimming beach and the Cedar Creek Golf Course, the entrance to which is right across the road from the cabin site. The beach is located on the shore of Broken Bow Lake, where guests can also go motor boating, paddle boating, jet skiing, and fishing for fish such as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white bass, crappie, sunfish, channel catfish, and walleye. Fly fishing clinics are available at Beaver Bend State Park between November and April.
For kayaking and canoeing, guests can head to Mountain Fork River, which flows into and out of the lake. Watercraft rentals and trips are available from a variety of local outfitters, including Wild Goose Canoe and Kayak Rentals, Beavers Bend Marina, Ambush Adventures, Beaver Bend Paddle Boats, Tippa Canoe Rentals, and WW Trading Post and Canoe.
Guests interested in horseback riding can go on rides with Riverman Trail Rides and Stables, as well as Beavers Bend Depot and Stables. The former can also take guests on rappelling adventures, while the latter offers a scenic train ride. Alternatively, to enjoy the region's natural beauty by car, guests can take a drive on the Talimena National Scenic Byway.
Other local activity options include ziplining at Rugaru Adventures Ziplining Tour, putt-putt golfing at Michey Miniature Golf Course, visiting the Forest Heritage Center Museum and the Gardener Mansion and Museum, encountering animals at the Hochatown Petting Zoo, and birdwatching and wildlife viewing at the Little River National Wildlife Refuge, Red Slough Wildlife Management Area, and the McCurtain County Wilderness Area.
For even more opportunities to enjoy nature and outdoor recreation, guests can head north to the 1.8 million-acre Ouachita National Forest, where they can go hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, hunting, and rockhounding.
For dining, shopping, and enjoying beer and wine, guests can head to the many cafes, restaurants, bars, and wineries in the nearby towns of Broken Bow, Valliant, and Idabel.
Check-in: 03:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Infants allowed Under 2 years old
Children allowed 2-12 years old
Smoking is not permitted inside the cabin. It is permitted outside, as long as guests use ashtrays.