What a great place for a weekend trip! Load up your family and friends in one of our 12 or 15 passenger vans and hit the road. This beautiful park is just a 3-hour drive from Tyler.
Beavers Bend offers 47 cabins, sleeping 2 to 6 people each. All have small kitchens and include kitchen/dinning utensils, stove, refrigerator, linens, and central heat and air. Most cabins have fireplaces, but No TVs or phones. After all, you're supposed to be camping! If you really want to rough it, enjoy one of their are also 56 tent sites.
For those wishing a little more luxury, there is Lakeview Lodge. With 40 rooms, each with a million-dollar view, the Lodge sites above Broken Bow Lake. Refined country furnishings, cable TV and in-room coffee service are among the many features that come standard in each room. Enjoy complimentary breakfast, by the fireplace, in the Great Room or relax on the Balcony Terrace.
Once you’re settled in there are numerous attractions and activities.
Check out the Forest Heritage Center Museum, which chronicles the lumber industry in Southeast Oklahoma. Included, are historical documents, antique forestry tools, homestead memorabilia, old pictures and more.
There are 14 large dioramas, painted by Harry Rossoll, the artist who created Smokey the bear. These cover subjects, such as prehistoric forest, Caddo Indians, paper-making in the South, 1940’s lumbering and forest appreciation. Each diorama is accompanied by a tape narration.
A new exhibit was unveiled in 2003, honoring the thousands of wild land firefighters that put their lives on the line each year. An 8-foot bronze sculpture honors Jim Burnett, the first forest firefighter from Oklahoma to lose his life in the line of duty.
Also, see the “People of the Forest” exhibit, which presents the early years of the forest industry in Oklahoma, along with the coming of the Dierks family, as well as the story of the Traveling Timber Towns. Also highlighted, are the accomplishments of the Civilian Conservation Corps.
The museum is open 365 days a year from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is no admission charge.
Besides the Forest Heritage Center Museum, a van trip to Beavers Bend State Park offers addition attractions.
Peter Toth Indian Sculpture near the mail entrance is one of a 50-states series, known as the “Trail of Tears”. Mr. Toth, a Hungarian artist, has made his life’s goal to complete at least one sculpture in each of the fifty states. To date, he has done 67 monuments. His monuments represent concepts of the North American Indian.
Schedule your trip to see the Beavers Bend Folk Festival in November; a showcase for turn-of-the-century arts and crafts. Over 70 exhibitors and vendors will feature crafts and skills like, candle making, woodturning, lye soap making, knife making and quilting. Herbalists will share their knowledge, instrument makers will exhibit their work and quilters will show their best. There are various children's attractions, storytelling, the twang of banjos, the wail of fiddles and the ring of dulcimers.
Visit when the Owa-Chito Festival of the Forest is happening, which promotes the heritage and culture of Kiamichi County. Forestry competitions such as double-buck sawing, ax throwing, jack-n-jill crosscut, and more are featured. The All American Lumberjack Show features professional lumberjacks demonstrating cross-cut sawing, spring board tree topping, stock saw, quick-carve and water events including boom run and log rolling.
On any day the park offers great hiking trails, canoeing, swimming, miniature golf, boating, and much more. So, grab all your family and some friends, load up a van from Take A Trip Rentals in Tyler and head out.
For more information, visit: www.beaversbend.com