We have recently visited Broken Bow area in Oklahoma with group of friends as a summer getaway trip from Texas.
Broken Bow is a small town located in McCurtain County, Oklahoma with the population of 4,120 at the 2010 census. The city is located in South East corner of Oklahoma just above North-East corner of Texas in Oklahoma. According to Wikipedia, the name Broken Bow is named after Broken Bow, Nebraska, the former hometown of the city's founders, the Dierks brothers. The area of the city is about 5 square miles and out of that 40% of the land is covered with water. The location of the city is very unique as it sits in between the Red River basin and the Ouachita Mountains. The North Broken Bow is the Broken Bow Lake developed by United States Army Corps of Engineers by damming the Mountain Fork River. After visiting the lake, I was amazed with its beauty and sincerely thought that it was a natural lake but later found out that it is a manmade lake. This fact also explains the beautiful islands, bass surrounded by trees so neatly placed in unique spots on the lake as it is too good to be true to be natural islands.
Our trip started from Plano, Texas on a Cloudy day. The temperature at Plano at the time was about 75 degrees and 62 degrees at Broken Bow. This weather condition was completely out of normal as the average temperatures are lot higher than this throughout the summer. We left Plano around noon and by the time we got to Broken Bow it was about 5pm. We stopped all the rest places, nature spots and enjoyed the sceneries. Our trip route was from Plano to Bonham, Paris, Idabel and Broken Bow. The drive was very enjoyable as sceneries on both sides of the road had bright green trees and huge farms filled with lot of animals. One thing we clearly noticed was grass was bright green in these farms as we were not used to see that much green in Texas farms. Noticeably Broken Bow town has a Wal-Mart and McDonalds as we see most people end up at McDonalds for coffee/drinks/rest rooms and for a quick bite before drive further to North. We purchased few items from Wal-Mart and started to head towards 259N. We were looking for Luvin Sorrel Drive and attempted to input into GPS but GPS comes with a message that it was not found. There are not many cross roads when driving North of 259 therefore one wouldn’t miss the road you are looking for. But if you are driving in the night and looking for a tiny road sign, you could miss it and you may not even realized you have missed the road until you hit a major road or some land mark. Our cabin was a two bedroom Morning Star cabin with lots of space in Sun Down cabin rentals. Cabin was well equipped with all modern items including Wi-Fi in which the reception was very bad!
First day we had a camp fire outside. It was the most thrilling time I had in the whole trip. The cabin was surrounded by very tall trees and the evening sun was trying to creep through trees so there is not much direct sun coming to the cabin. May be that is why they named the cabin as Sun Down cabins. We were not planned to put up a camp fire as we did not have Kerosene or any type of fire fluid except the gas lighter from the gas barbeque in the Cabin. Fire was started with pieces from a card board box and with wood provided by cabin rentals. The day was bit cloudy…evening temperature was about 75 degrees and with the fire it was warm enough to sing and enjoy the time. One friend played the Guitar while everyone was singing to the music. I have seen these camp fires and people having a good time in movies but it was my first time and it was a real thrill! As the sun was slowly fading away the sky became dark with bright lonely stars and they were visible through tall trees. The smell of burning wood and the cool breeze coming from woods along with music can make anyone relax and forget everything else in the world! It was the most relaxing time I can remember for a long time to come.
The next day we visited the Broken Bow Lake and spent most of the day sitting down looking at various water activities going on around us. Lots of people were camping around the lake. Few brave friends rented a canoe and canoed right across the lake! As I mentioned before, the lake is a manmade but it is very hard to imagine that it is a man made as the design is so natural and one has to keep looking at it and question as to how in the world that these tiny islands are precisely in place in strategically natural positions in the lake.
Next day we drove back home with the beautiful memories! Overall we have enjoyed the trip and recommend anyone to go there for couple of days. You might enjoy more if you go with friends as group of people can contribute to making food, camp fires, playing music etc. If you would like to go there, simply search Broken Bow Lake in state of Oklahoma and investigate around and look for places to stay.
Enjoy the Broken Bow trip video:
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