There are endless opportunities to go for a paddle near Broken Bow. Whether kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, or using paddle boats, there is always a river or lake to explore just around the corner from our luxurious cabin rentals. Cooling off on the water on a hot summer day is always a treat. Still, it is unique in Oklahoma due to the sparkling clean water, perfect for fishing, hundred-year-old cypress trees, and abundant wildlife. Whether you're looking for a couples getaway or a family vacation, this is an adventure you won't want to miss.
Choose Your Vessel
Choosing the vessel that best fits you, and the experience you would like to have is essential to any successful paddling excursion. With kayaks, canoes, standup paddle boards (SUPs), and paddle boats, there are plenty of options to choose from.
Kayaking is a great way to explore the water because you are free to roam and choose your own adventure. With a double-sided paddle and low seat with room to stretch out your legs, kayaks are streamlined in the water, so you can paddle anywhere you want. Whether it is a workout or not is up to you. If you want an upper-body workout, you can push yourself and see how fast and far you can go (especially if there is wind resistance). If you're looking for a leisurely paddle, you can simply take your time and explore, or even tie up somewhere, lean back, close your eyes, and relax to the sound and feel of the gentle waves.
Canoes are also an excellent option. The main difference is they use single-bladed paddles and require two people in the boat; one in the back to steer and the other in the front for power. Canoeing is similar to kayaking, but there is the added benefit of having room to bring a child, cooler, or dog (or all three if you're brave) along for the ride. They are slightly heavier to transport, but most of the nearby boat rental businesses will assist you with transportation.
Standup Paddle Boards
If you are looking to have a unique experience, get closer to the water so you can cool off on a hot day, or simply try something new, a standup paddle board (SUP) will be your best bet. A SUP involves standing on a board and using a longer, single-bladed paddle to move. It is a great workout because it tests your balance and strength (especially if you try some yoga moves). You can sit to cool off and take a break if you need to, and if you have a dog, you may find they are up for the experience too!
Lastly, paddleboats are a quick and easy way to explore the water without other paddling experiences. Paddleboats are a little slower and bulkier than the vessels mentioned above, so they are best reserved for short excursions. Just hop in and peddle like you're pedaling a bike, and you'll be on your way.
Choose Your Location
Paddling adventures near Broken Bow are top-notch because many of the bodies of water are highly regulated to support the wide variety of fish, which leads to crystal clear waters perfect for paddling and swimming. Most paddle excursions occur on the Mountain Fork River or Broken Bow Lake. There are plenty of rental and guide companies to choose from, but here are some favorites:
Beavers Bend Land & Water Park: Located by Beavers Bend State Park and Nature Center along Mountain Fork River. Choose between paddleboats, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, and kayaks. They also have mini-golf, snow cones, concessions, and a swimming area.
Cowboy's Kayak Rental: Rent a kayak and go for a paddle down the Mountain Fork River. Their facility is equipped with bathrooms, showers, and changing rooms PLUS free wifi, hot dogs, popsicles, and lemonade.
PaddleSUP Rentals: Choose between a kayak or paddleboard and explore Broken Bow Lake. They also have tandem kayaks!
Wildgoose Canoe: Choose between a canoe or a kayak. Trips are between 5-8 miles on the Mountain Fork River. Multiple tours to suit different skill levels are available.
Yippie Kayo Kayaks: Rent a kayak and go for a paddle down the Mountain Fork River. Their signature trip takes 2-3 hours to complete.
Are you ready to get out there? Between the sparkling sun on the waves, observing nature in the early mornings, picnicking with friends along the way, and cooling off in the water, your paddling excursion will be just the adventure you've been looking for. Pack your sunscreen, check the weather, and check availability for your cabin rental today, and you'll be prepped and ready for an unforgettable paddle near Broken Bow, OK.