Beavers Bend State Park and lower Mountain Fork river offers the best rainbow and brown trout fishing in Oklahoma.
Besides the bimonthly stocking of 3000 or more rainbow trout by the ODWC, several thousand small brown trout are released annually, some of which reach trophy size. Twenty-inch browns and rainbows are not uncommon.
The park contains three miles of the ten-mile trout stream and is not affected by power generating flows, providing fishing at all times. Many areas in the park are suited for children or beginner fishermen, while other areas will challenge even the most avid fisherman. Fly fishing is very popular throughout the fishery. The stream is divided into three sections with different regulations to enhance fishing opportunities.
Trout stamps, fishing licenses and regulations are easily obtained near the park. Three Rivers Fly Shop offers a full line of fly fishing gear, bait, instruction and guide service, as well as advice on stream conditions. Three Rivers Fly Shop also helps sponsor the very successful Kids Fishing Days through the month of March when most kids are having their Spring Break. With breathtaking scenery, cool clear water, and abundant wildlife, this simply is one of the best family vacation areas in the state.
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The beauty of Secluded Acres is that it’s so close to Beavers Bend Resort Park and Broken Bow lake. Visitors can choose Eagle watches (November through February), Trout fishing, Fly-fishing clinics, guided Horseback rides on Scenic trails, Train rides or Hay Rides throughout the park and lake areas. A year-round naturalist and a well-stocked Forest Heritage Center, Museum and Nature Center at the park make possible a program lineup that includes campfire programs on the banks of the Mountain Fork River, nature hikes, arts and crafts classes, water sports, bingo, sunset hikes, nature films, and astronomy outings. In the park’s Riverbend area water lovers can find yakanoes (a combination kayak and canoe), paddle boats, canoes, and sandy beaches with roped off swim areas. “The clear waters of the 14,000-acre Broken Bow Lake are also a favorite haunt of scuba divers.
Other park diversions:
Golfing, miniature golf, archery, tennis, jet skiing (rentals available), bumper boat rides, boating (party barge rentals available), and canoeing and just great boating. Beavers Bend Resort Park also draws the serious hiker. Its David Boren Trail offers 16 miles of hiking trails with 4 miles of multi-purpose (mountain bike) trails that wander along ridge tops, over creek bottoms, through tall stands of timber, and into areas so remote one can almost experience what early-day explorers must have felt upon seeing the Quachita National Forest for the first time. Good news for the not-so-serious hiker: the same trail can also be divided into a variety of short and long hikes.