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ATV Riding

Kiamichi Mountain Trails
Located in the Ouachita National Forest, the Kiamichi Mountain Trails offers several different types of terrain for riders. There are rough mountain passes, sloping trails, winding forest paths and open fields all waiting to be explored. It is recommended that you bring along a GPS to find your way around the countryside and avoid getting lost. Since this is unrestricted land, there are no fees required, but adherence to forest regulations is expected.

The ATV trailhead is located just over a mile from the KMV Gate. Turn left out of the gate on to Hawk Lane, turn right / North on Hwy. 259 and travel approximately 1 mile to the 3 Sticks Monument and take a left. You can view the trailhead and trails here on the trail map.

I’ve been told the trail to the left as entering Hawk Lane will give you access to double waterfalls and a bear cave.

If you are riding on US Forest Service property there is no extra permit required.  All ATV related regulations are subject to change. Riders should check with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation or the U.S. Forest Service for the latest updates.

US Forest Service
52175 US Hwy 59
Hodgen, OK 74953
(918) 653-2991
US Forest Service ATV Maps

Oklahoma ATV Laws:

  • 2 riders on a vehicle is prohibited unless it is designed for 2. Most “straddle type” ATVs are designed for only 1 rider. ATVs with bench seats can have more than 1 rider.
  • Anyone sixteen years of age or younger, MUST wear a helmet when operating an ATV.
  • ATVs purchased on or after July 1, 2005, shall be registered and titled.
  • ATV use on streets or highways is prohibited except: to cross these roads, or for no more than 300 feet to cross a railroad track during daylight hours, or on unpaved roads on U.S. Forest Service property.
  • Full set of laws located here.

ATV Rentals:
http://www.ouachitamountainatvrentals.com/

Riding of any ATV/UTV/Off Road Vehicle is prohibited on the cabin property.

Equestrian & Horseback Riding

Saddle up at A to Z Guest Ranch where they offer horseback trail riding for the whole family. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Southeast Oklahoma’s Kiamichi Mountain Range. Turn left out of cabin driveway, turn left again on Hwy. 259 heading South. Travel approximately 4.5 miles South on Hwy. 269 to A to Z.

Additional Information:
http://www.atozguestranch.com/equestrian-services/

Hiking & Biking

The mountainous terrain of the surrounding area provides many different levels and types of hiking & biking. A couple of hiking trails can be found as soon as you turn on to Hawk Lane. If hiking during hunting season, be sure to wear bright colors and make plenty of noise.

Canoeing, Kayaking & Rafting

Pick your paddling vessel and get out on the local rivers and lakes. Whether you are a seasoned paddler who prefers to navigate the rapids of the Mountain Fork River or Kiamichi River in a kayak, or just want to float around in the scenic beauty of Broken Bow Lake, we’ve got you covered.

Float trip outfitters are available in prime floating areas along the Lower Mountain Fork River in the Beavers Bend State Park area. Several options are available for your float trip including canoes, kayaks, rafts and innertubes and most outfitters will allow you to select a float trip length that suits you and will transport you up river.

Canoe & Kayak Rentals
Ambush Adventures Canoe: 1-580-584-2273
Lucky Dog Canoe: 1-580-584-2909
PaddlesUP Paddle Board: 1-214-766-8052
Wild Goose Canoe & Kayak: 1-580-584-2277


Fishing

Fishing is a favorite pastime in Oklahoma. Whether you’re on the hunt for Rainbow Trout or Big Mouth Bass, Oklahoma has a fishing opportunity for you. Take your boat out on the waters of Broken Bow Lake or cast your line in a rushing river or stream and wait for the tug.

A tailwater fishery flows out of Broken Bow Lake, the Lower Mountain Fork River has 14 miles of trout habitat. It offers year-round fishing for rainbow and brown trout. There is a 3.8 mile Trophy section where boats and barbed hooks are banned offers great fly fishing.

The Upper Mountain Fork River offers Neosho-strain small and largemouth bass, Kentucky spotted bass, sunfish, and a seasonal run of walleye and sand bass.

Broken Bow Lake is known for its black bass fishing. You can also find large and smallmouth bass as well as spotted bass. Other popular species include walleye, crappie, channel catfish, and various sunfish.

Broken Bow Trout Guides
Broken Bow Trout Guide / Steven Branson: 1-580-306-5613
Williams Guide Service / Travis Williams: 1-580-306-5906
Ethan Wright: 1-580-236-0327

Broken Bow Lake Guide Service
Bryce Archey: 1-580-494-6447 or 1-870-582-4561
Three Rivers Fly Shop: 1-580-494-6115 or 1-580-241-5644
Purchase a license: https://www.wildlifedepartment.com/forget1/OnlineSales.aspx

Boating

Oklahoma is a lake lover’s paradise with plenty of uncrowded waters. Broken Bow Lake is perfect for boating, swimming, fishing and all kinds of water recreation.

Boat Rentals
Lakeway Marina, Pontoon: 1-580-494-6455
Beavers Bend Land & Water Park: 1-580-494-6512
Beavers Bend Marina: 1-580-494-6455

Bird & Eagle Watching

Beavers Bend State Park is host to the majestic bald eagle that makes the Oklahoma waterways their winter home. The tour meets at the amphitheater and sets off to see the natural beauty of one of Oklahoma’s premiere state parks and catch a glimpse of beautiful eagles in flight. Eagle watches are available from November through February.

An array of bird species can be viewed in the Beavers Bend resort area, but the wetlands, marshes, lakes, streams and forests of the nearby Red Slough Wildlife Management perfect for serious bird watchers.

Red Slough covers nearly 8,000 acres and is home to over 300 species of birds. Rare species are often sighted, such as the roseate spoonbill, purple gallinule, white ibis, wood stork, yellow rail and black-bellied whistling duck.

Directory
Beavers Bend State Park: www.travelok.com/listings/view.profile/id.21065
Red Slough: www.visitmccurtaincounty.com/parks/forests-wetlands/red-slough/ or www.wildlifedepartment.com/facts_maps/wma/redslough.htm
Ouachita National Forest: www.fs.usda.gov/Ouachita/

Hunting

Quality hunting opportunities exist for wildlife such as squirrel, raccoon, cottontails, swamp rabbits, coyote, bobcat, deer and bear. The Honobia Creek and Three Rivers Wildlife Management Areas in and around the Ouachita National Forest are among the best destinations in the region for hunters. Red Slough offers some of the finest waterfowl hunting in Oklahoma. Quail can be found on the outskirts of timber harvest sites and thinned pine plantations.

***All Oklahoma state hunting regulations, fees, and seasons apply on public land in McCurtain County. Hunting is not permitted on state park property. Hunting guides are available at most visitor centers and wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold. You can find more information and buy a permit online at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s website at http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/huntregs.htm

Additional Info: http://visitmccurtaincounty.com/activities/outdoor-adventure/hunting/

Festivals

Dogwood Days in Idabel, OK
Owa-Chito Festival of the Forest, Beavers Bend State Park
Watermelon Festival in Valliant, OK
Lumberjack Festival in Wright City, OK
Beavers Bend Folk Festival & Craft Show, Beavers Bend State Park
Honobia Bigfoot Festival in Honobia, OK
Poteau Balloon Vest in Poteau, OK
Music on the Mountain Viking & Celtic Festival in Heavener, OK

Parks

Broken Bow Lake

Beavers Bend State Park

Glover River
Hochatown State Park
Mountain Fork River & Park
Pine Creek Lake
Heavener Runestone Park
Queen Wilhelmina
Additional Info: http://visitmccurtaincounty.com/parks/

Dining & Shopping

For a full list of dining establishments: http://visitmccurtaincounty.com/eat/
For a full list of shopping establishments: http://visitmccurtaincounty.com/shop/

Scenic Drives & Fall Foliage

Travel a short drive to the Talimena National Scenic Byway. Explore the golden valleys of a majestic byway and discover historic towns along the way. The drive offers you more than 50 miles of the most breathtaking vistas, plus, surrounding the Talimena Scenic Drive, you will find historic gateway towns with open arms and outstanding events to fill your days.
Additional Info: www.talimenascenicdrive.com

In Cabin Massage

A Servants Hands Massages
A Servants Hands Massages is mobile massage buisness, they bring the spa to you, including essential oils, aromatherapy, body wraps, facials and more. They can accommodate up to groups of 4 at a time.

Contact Info: 1-580-703-3209

 

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