Lake Life Favorites - The Best of Hochatown

Hochatown has great restaurants, breweries and wineries, and there are lots of fun activities in Beavers Bend State Park and the Broken Bow area.  These are our favorites - our favorite food and drink, things to do, and places to watch the sunset.

When you book with us, we'll send you a cool Welcome Guide App that includes all these Lake Life Favorites, plus more comprehensive dining and activity guides.

Our Favorite Food and Drink

The Eat Out

These folks took over the former Rolling Fork Takery space and have created what is our favorite restaurant in Hochatown.  The owners previously ran very successful restaurants in the Dallas area, and have created an amazing eatery.  The menu is fantastic, with burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads and more.  Plus they have a full bar our back on the porch.  The back yard has fire pits, vintage campers, yard games and more. It's a must visit.

From their website: "Our goal at the Eat Out is to make you feel like you're home.  Or maybe not home home, but like the friend's home where you don't have to shower and you can help yourself to the fridge.  Where your kids can run in the backyard, and you leave fatter and happier.  That kind of home. "

Beavers Bend Brewery

This has become our favorite place to sit and have a beer, and many of our guests agree. Several levels of outdoor decks, plus games like cornhole and horseshoes. Growlers available for tap beer. Most days they have a gourmet hot dog food truck there, but you can also have food delivered up from Rolling Fork Takery down the driveway. Great place with great owners.

From our guests: "damn good all around" , "best decks in town" , "love the seasonal beers"

Mountain Fork Brewery

Frequented this during the year of construction, and it became my Cheers. Love to sit at the bar - which is where you'll get the best service too. Lots of their own beers on tap - including seasonals. Growlers to go. Amazing burgers, wood fire pizza, hot sandwiches, and such. Really good queso. They now serve breakfast on weekends - and have bloody mary's and mimosas. Fun deck with music and karaoke. Will always be a favorite.

From our guests: "LOVED their pizza!" , "huge burgers" , "chocolate chip pancakes" , "try their happy hour"

The Tasting Room

Great spot for a drink after dinner. Cozy seating with fireplace. Great staff. Fun to sit at the bar. Try the vodka from the Distillery next door. Short drive back to the cabins.

Abendigo's and the Hochatown Trading Post

Abendigo's is a great spot for steaks, burgers, seafood, salads and more.  They have a good bar, and an awesome outdoor patio where they often have live music.  The Hochatown Trading Post is a gift shop attached to Abendigo's, with a really nice coffee bar.  Hours vary, so call ahead or check their website for details.

Tacohoma Tacos and More

Great little local spot - right before you turn back onto Sugarberry Trail - at the Carson Creek entrance to the lake. Burritos, Tacos, Tamales, Strawberries and Cream, Lemonades, Snow Cones.

From our guests: "stopped here twice" , "picked up lunch to go" , "breakfast tacos!"

Okie Girls Coffee & Ice Cream

Great spot for coffee and ice cream. Warm muffins in the morning. "Home of the Affogato Shake! Yummm." Near Mountain Fork Brewery.

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Our Favorite Things To Do

Broken Bow Lake

The lake is stunning - many consider it the best lake in Oklahoma.  It's big, deep, and the floor is covered with rocks - which makes the water super clean and clear.  It's perfect for boating, water sports, swimming, fishing and more.  You can rent boats, house boats, jet skis, kayaks and SUP's all in the park.  There is almost no building allowed on the shore, so it's 180 miles of natural shoreline.

When the weather is right, you simply must find a way to get out on the lake. Rent a boat, hire a fishing guide, or take a boat tour - you'll see what makes it so special.  Or bring your own boat - our cabins are all trailer friendly, and the boat launches are just minutes away.

Broken Bow Marina

The only place on the water to rent boats. They rent speed boats, pontoon boats, house boats and jet skis. You need to reserve ahead online - especially on weekends. Arrive early - parking gets full on weekends too - and know that you may need to wait a bit. It's Hochatime, and it's worth it.
From a client "It is the BEST thing to do hands down - it is the most gorgeous lake in Oklahoma"

Beavers Bend Fly Fishing Guide Service

My favorite fishing guides in the area. Chris Schatte and Kit Brown are the guides - and they're both great guys. They provide all the gear you'd need - rods, waders, boots and their own hand tied flies. They're great ambassadors for the area - and know many good fishing spots on the river and the spillway. Wading out into the river in the morning is an amazing experience. It's incredibly grounding, and the stressors of the world just drift away. You can go as a couple, with the kids, a buddy, or just alone. Starting in March Chris offers float trips on the Lower Mountain Fork River.  Chris and Kit will take care of you.  580-583-4412

Pro Tip: Come up during the week - you'll have the river to yourself. It's the perfect getaway.

Beavers Bend Fly Shop

The only fly shop in the park, close to the best and most accessible trout fishing spots on the river. It's a beautiful part of the park - especially at dawn and dusk - and whether you are fishing or not.

They have a number of excellent guides on staff - plus they have waders and all the gear you'd need to get out on the river. For folks fishing on their own, it's a great place to get some local knowledge on conditions and locations to fish.

The Friends Trail - New Hiking Trail!

Friends Trail is the first new trail to be added to Beavers Bend State Park in 15 years. This intermediate trail begins at Spillway Creek below the dam and makes a 1.5 mile loop.

Expect rugged terrain with rocky outcroppings and a steep incline. Enjoy panoramic views of the spillway from the top of a ridge. Be sure to take water with you. The round trip hike should take 1.5 to two hours max. Keep an eye out for trail markers - there are arrows, plus orange ties on trees.

Beavers Bend River Floats - Kayak and Canoe Rentals

The only place in the park to rent kayaks on the river. Serene location. Open March through October. Even in the off season, this is a beautiful part of the park to explore - the river here is stunning - especially at dawn and dusk. Great fishing just above here too.

Riverman Trail Rides

We haven't tried this yet, but we've have a number of guests who have gone and loved it. The pictures they've posted are amazing. They have friendly horses, and the guides know the best places along the river to take you riding. There's a weight limit of 265 lbs.

They're located about 10 miles west of downtown Broken Bow, so it's about 30 minutes from the cabins. Reservations are required.

Captain's Hideaway Powersports Rentals

This fun new Hochatown business rents UTV's and Jeeps.  Rentals are self guided, and the owners will give you ideas and directions for off road trails.  They provide trailers and helmets for the 4-6 seater UTV's, but you need to be able to tow it to the trails just north of Hochatown.  They have Polaris Ranger 900's and a Kawasaki Teryx LE. The Jeeps can be used both on and off road, and there's lots of great scenic roads in the area that are fun to drive in a Jeep.  Great owners, and a super fun activity to check out.

Rugaru Adventures Ziplining Tour

This is a seriously cool adventure, owned by friends of ours. It's a tour of 6 different ziplines through the forest, including one that goes over the lake. Guests rave about it. Call ahead or check their website for hours and reservations.

Hochatime Store

Our favorite place in town to get tshirts, hats, stickers, etc. They capture the vibe of Hochatown - "Living on Hochatime" - and their new slogan "Unwind in the Pines". Great owners. Just a cool place to check out.

Lil Darlin Popcorn Company

We love this little shop - based in a trailer near the Hochatime Store. Owned by a sweet woman named Darlin, they have all sorts of homemade sweets and treats. Always worth a stop.

The 259A Loop Drive

Our favorite drive in Hochatown. Takes you through Beavers Bend State Park. Beautiful all times of year - but especially in the fall when the trees are changing. Big views of the lake and river. We suggest starting at the south entrance - across from the Adam & Eve General Store. We also recommend taking the Beavers Bend Road Loop - which starts just north of the dam. This takes you down along and across the river - past the Beavers Bend Fly Shop and the River Float place. Several hikes start on this road as well.

It's stunning down by the river at dawn and dusk - so go make it an outing. Just watch out for deer - they're all over.

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Our Favorite Places to Watch the Sunset

Eagle Drive Dayuse Area

Go to Stevens Gap Road - at Abendigos - and wander out towards the lake. There are several places to go to watch the sunset - the best maybe Eagle Drive Dayuse Area. Big views of the lake. Totally worth the drive.

Coyote Drive Campsites

One of the pull offs on the way down Stevens Gap Road. Cool place to check out the lake.

Coyote Drive Camping

Another pull off along Stevens Gap Road. Beautiful at all times of day - not just sunset.

The River Near Beavers Bend Paddle Boats

Take the "Dam Road", aka 259A, east from 259 - across the Spillway, then across the Dam. Wind around down the hill to the river. From where the Paddle Boat rentals is where I took the above image. Then take Beavers Bend Road back up to 259A - it takes you past the Fly Shop and along the river and spillway. Lots of hiking back in here too. Plus the best places to rent kayaks and canoes.

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