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Beaver's Bend trip report *pic heavy*
« on: November 27, 2011, 06:23:16 PM »
Last weekend was mine and Kristy's 7th anniversary and we planned to head out to Caddo lake one again to mark the occasion.

With the Drought we have had this year the lake is so low that there is no suitable place to launch a canoe without wading through 100 ft of ankle deep or deeper mud.  Then getting out to the island was another challenge that would likely be the same or worse. A change of plans was prudent.

At the last minute we changed our destination to Beavers Bend State Park in Broken Bow, OK. We had both been there before, but it had been more than 15 years for each of us.  We had talked from time to time about heading up there and hitting some of the trails they have In the park. Being that it was only a 2 hour drive, there was no reason we had not made this trip before.


We had planned to camp along one of the trails But with everything being rather last minute, we opted for one of the regular tent sites and were luck enough to find a somewhat secluded one with a great view.

The fall flora, the  not to shy fauna, and the geology came togathre to help make this a great weekend

Veiw from our campsite






Being a stat park I was expecting the wildlife to be a little more bold, especially the raccoons.  What I did not expect were the deer.  I was almost like a petting zoo around there.  One of the rangers told me that they then to flock into the park durring hunting season with little fear of people.



After setting up cam on Friday, it was a little late to start hitting the trails so we took some time to explore the camp.














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Re: Beaver's Bend trip report *pic heavy*
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2011, 06:23:56 PM »











Saturday we went on our first hike.  The parks David L Boren trail is divided intro several  shorter named sections  We started on the relatively tame Cedar bluff trail then about a mile for the Skyline trail before turning back for the back half of the Cedar bluff trail.  I have always thought of myself as having good endurance for a long hike, but I mist admit, the terrain here kicked my but a little.  It was only around three miles, but you could not have told my calves that.

Cedar bluff trail head










Over looking the Mountain Fork River and our campsite


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Re: Beaver's Bend trip report *pic heavy*
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2011, 06:24:44 PM »












Great view.  Came back here after  skiline to sid and have our lunch.


Kristy had to hae a photo over the edge.  Wile I had no problem waling up and looking over, I could have choked her for getting so close.




Creek on the skyline trail





Sunday My legs were toast from going up and down all those hills, some of them had to be 60 degrees or better. I really did not feel I was up for another hike, but Kristy was...so reluctantly at first I went along. As soon as I got my legs stretched out I was in a much better mood about the the whole thing,  We started from the heritage center and headed up to the Lookout  Mountain trail then the Bevers Creek trail to come back around to the heritage center






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Re: Beaver's Bend trip report *pic heavy*
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2011, 06:25:26 PM »





The first of two creeks.  I propped up on a quartz out crop to refill our water.  This was some of the best tasting water I have had any where.








Beavers Creek








We had a great time and we are looking forward to going back soon and doing the whole Boren Trail, and on taking the kids back to experience the place and some of the more tame trails ( though Draved may be able to keep up.


A special thanks to Leo for providing a little intel and topo maps

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Re: Beaver's Bend trip report *pic heavy*
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2011, 07:23:18 PM »
Looked like fun. Its always good to get out into the outdoors.

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Re: Beaver's Bend trip report *pic heavy*
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2011, 07:51:30 PM »
Thanks for posting the pics.

Makes me want to get out and go hiking.


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Re: Beaver's Bend trip report *pic heavy*
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2011, 10:28:04 PM »
Wonderful pics, thanks for sharing.

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Re: Beaver's Bend trip report *pic heavy*
« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2011, 12:43:37 AM »
Nice pictures Doc!

Looks like you two had a great time.

And a belated Happy Anniversary!

TW

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Re: Beaver's Bend trip report *pic heavy*
« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2011, 05:42:41 AM »
Great pictures. I could almost smell the forest and hear the streams running. Thanx for sharing that.

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Re: Beaver's Bend trip report *pic heavy*
« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2011, 09:27:18 PM »
Sweet photos thanks for sharing.

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Re: Beaver's Bend trip report *pic heavy*
« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2011, 06:48:07 AM »
More great photos, I look forward to your trips every year. :)

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Re: Beaver's Bend trip report *pic heavy*
« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2011, 08:31:47 AM »
thanks for sharing your trip!  It looks like a very beautiful area.

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Re: Beaver's Bend trip report *pic heavy*
« Reply #12 on: November 30, 2011, 05:14:21 PM »
Great report and pics. Lived in Idabel for several years and spent many a weekend hiking and chasing trout.Thanks for the report


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Re: Beaver's Bend trip report *pic heavy*
« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2011, 07:39:26 AM »
Excellent pictures and info.  You're a lucky guy that your wife will go hiking with you, mie has no interest to hike what so ever,   :-[

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Re: Beaver's Bend trip report *pic heavy*
« Reply #14 on: December 02, 2011, 09:50:34 PM »
Thanks for the Pic - Looks like it was very enjoyable.  The views breathe taking....

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Re: Beaver's Bend trip report *pic heavy*
« Reply #15 on: September 13, 2016, 12:46:21 PM »
It's been a couple years since we've been up there.  We always stayed at the Lodge but I'd like to camp next time.