Broken Bow, Oklahoma

Beavers Bend State Park – Other reviewers at

October, 2014

The Lowe’s overall rating = 9 out of 10 stars

The view from our patio - not bad!
The view from our patio – not bad!

Noise level and overall “feel” of the park?
Even on the weekend, this park was fairly quiet.  It’s also far away
from the highway, so exterior road noise is not an issue.  Although
it was late October during our stay, the park was fairly full but not
at all noisy.

Road and site access/type?
Paved interior roads, in mostly good condition with a few potholes.
The sites where we stayed (Acorn section) had concrete pads.

Spaciousness/levelness of sites?
Spacing between sites was fairly generous.  Sites were fairly level,
and we didn’t even need the jacks at our site (#6).

Utilities and WiFi/cell reception?
We had electric and water only.  Water pressure was strong, but
our 50-amp service had a problem and we ended up using the
30-amp service.  Unfortunately, there is no Verizon service here
at all, and we had to drive about 6 miles to pick it up.

Picnic table and/or fire pit?
A good table and fire pit, we used both of them often.

Facilities – bathrooms/showers/laundry room?
I am only reviewing the facilities within the Acorn and Cedar areas,
as this park is too big to check them all.  The Acorn bathhouse had
showers in a “common” area, where you don’t have a private stall
to yourself – not my favorite layout.  But within easy walking
distance were the pay showers in the Cedar campground, and they
had individual rooms with benches – much better.  I used these and
they were nice – good pressure, and anyone should be able to take
a shower for $1.00, which will buy you 6 minutes.  That said, all of
the showers and  bathrooms were a bit old but clean.  No laundry
facilities here.

Pet and/or kid friendly?
Like many state parks, this one is big enough that kids can run
around all they want.  There was even some “jungle gym” equipment
for them to use.  There were also some large fields where people
could run their doggies.

Bike/walking trails nearby?
The walking trails were partly what drew us here, and we weren’t
disappointed!  There were several miles of moderately-difficult
trails, enough to keep hikers happy for several days.

Grocery stores and other services nearby?
Broken Bow is a small town about 13 miles south of the park.  The
grocery store (Pruett’s) was adequate.  Be aware that alcohol is not
sold in grocery stores in Oklahoma, so you will need to go to one
of the small (and expensive) liquor stores to get your goodies here.
Probably best to bring plenty of your own so you don’t have to
worry about it.

This was a very nice state park with a couple of quirks.  Two of the
sections were “first-come first-served”, so if you don’t have a reservation
you takes your chances on getting a spot.  The good news is that those
sections have some fabulous spots if you can get one.  We lucked out;
someone had just pulled out of a waterfront spot as we were driving
through in our car, so we sped back to the RV to grab it.  I suspect it
would be difficult to get a spot like this on a weekend.  Except for the
50-amp electrical glitch we really loved this place and would definitely
come back.


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