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Cedar Lake

LeFlore County, 10 miles S of Heavener, OK
78 acres
Shoreline: 3 miles


Nature's picturesque mountains and stately forests, this peaceful 90-acre lake provides the backdrop for a vast array of outdoor pleasures. Popular activities include camping, picnicking, swimming, fishing, hiking, nature study, horseback riding, bird watching and sightseeing. Attractions nearby include the 54-mile- Talimena Scenic Drive, Kerr Memorial Arboretum and Nature Center and Heavener Runestone State Park.

Constructed in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps for erosion control purposes, Cedar Lake is now used primarily for public recreation. Additional developments by the Forest Service were accomplished through the Accelerated Public Works Program in 1963 and Job Corps in 1967, increasing accommodations to 126 family units.

Cedar Lake Picnicking includes:

* Two picnic grounds
* Two swimming areas
* Three-mile hiking trail
* One-half mile interpretive trail
* Two group picnic shelters (reservable, call the District Ranger @ 918-653-2991 for reservations)
* Ninety acres of fishing water
* Boat launch ramp
* Flush toilets
* Amphitheater
* Campground Hosts
* Accessible facilities

These facilities are available during the recreation season on a first come-first served basis, with the exception of picnic shelters for which reservations are accepted by the District Ranger. Fishing on Cedar Lake is regulated by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. No motors larger than 7 1/2 horsepower are allowed on the lake. Fishing activity is fun as the lake has largemouth bass, catfish and bluegill stocked regularly.

To provide a pleasant and safe atmosphere for an enjoyable recreation outing, your cooperation is needed. Please read and follow the regulations for occupancy and use that are posted on bulletin boards in the area. Be careful with cooking and campfires and leave the picnic site you use as you would like to find it.







Picnic area


Boat ramp; Campsites; Picnic area; Restrooms; Showers; Equestrian trails & horse camp



Battiest and Hodgen

Oklahoma Ouachita National Forest and Kiamichi Range
Holson Valley Rd.
Hodgen, Ok 74939
Phone 918-653-2991


Blue Mountain Adventures

Here at Blue Mountain Cabins, Inc. we offer a beautiful and quiet  place to relax and escape from the every day life of chaos!  Everyone needs a little get-a-way now and again.  Well, here it is!  Our cabins are available year round.  Children are always welcome!   Our cabins are fully furnished--just bring your food and drinks!  If you would like to bring your own horses, we offer a corral at each cabin and there is plenty of room for your truck and trailer!  Our "weekday rentals" are from Sunday-Thursday.  Our "weekend rentals" are Friday-Saturday.  Take a look at our cabins for rent! 

We also are a horseback riding facility here in Hogden Oklahoma, and invite you and your family to the beautiful region for some rest, relaxation and fun.  Our goal is to allow you to experience the wonderful feeling of being in nature on horseback!  We are surrounded by 240,000 acres of beautiful Ouachita National Forest.  There are an abundance of trails for everyone!  From traveling the dirt roads to climbing the mountains -- you decide.  Cedar Lake Riding Stables has several different options for your enjoyment, and now have beautiful rustic cabins which are available if you would like to join us for a few days.  We will supply you with a gentle horse and the knowledge you will need to feel safe and secure.  Our Trail Guide is very eager to take you on the best tour of this area that you are willing to see.

The area features campsites with electric, water and sewer hookups that can accommodate RVs. Primitive campsites located near the shoreline and three group camps are also available. Most campsites have a picnic table, tent pad, fire ring, lantern pole and paved parking spur. Restrooms feature flush toilets and warm showers. Several picnic sites and two fishing piers are also on site.

Billy Creek Campground
Heavener, OK
Restrooms, fishing, camping, hiking trails, bicycle trails, grills, picnic area




Heavener Runestone State Park


Horsethief Springs
Ouachita National Forest
Hunting, equestrian trails, hiking trails, bicycle trails, 200,000 acres


Winding Stair Mountain National Recreation Area
Ouachita National Forest
The Winding Stair Mountain National Recreation Area(NRA) and six other designated areas in Oklahoma combine to offer visitors a full range of recreational, educational, and scenic opportunities on the western side of the forest. The NRA has more than 150 campsites, a 90-acre lake, an equestrian camp, a 45-mile stretch of the Ouachita National Recreation Trail, and many miles of equestrian, interpretive, and hiking trails. The 26,445-acre NRA lies on both sides of the Talimena Scenic Byway in Oklahoma.

Winding Stair Mountain National Recreation Area is a United States National Recreation Area located within the (The Indians called it Washita) Ouachita National Forest. State Highway 1, known as the Talimena Scenic Byway in this area, bisects the recreation area. Winding Stair Mountain National Recreation Area and the nearby Upper Kiamichi River and Black Fork Mountain Wilderness areas were created by an act of Congress on October 18, 1988.

A 45 mile (72 kilometer) section of the Ouachita National Recreation Trail passes through the recreation area providing for diverse hiking opportunities. Other activities include camping, fishing, hunting, and hang-gliding.



Ouachita National Forest


The Ouachita Mountains were formed when a collision of two prehistoric continents squeezed up from the ocean floor thick layers of sedimentary rock. They have lost thousands of feet of elevation to weathering and erosion since emerging above sea level some 286 million years ago -- 40 million years before the first dinosaurs walked the earth -- and their tallest summit now reaches less than 2,700 feet. The ancient Ouachitas now appear as the Rocky Mountains might well look 300,000 millennia from now.

The U.S. Forest Service provides numerous recreational amenities including campgrounds, day-use and scenic areas, and hiking and backpacking on the Ouachita Trail. Beginning at Pinnacle Mountain State Park, 15 miles west of Little Rock, the Ouachita Trail runs 225 miles through the Ouachita National Forest, a 1.6-million-acre preserve in central and western Arkansas, to Talimena State Park near Talihina, OK. [Click here for more information on the Ouachita Trail...]

Among several forest campgrounds, the Albert Pike Recreation Area, located along the Little Missouri near the county's southwest corner, is the most popular. Forty-six campsites provide a good base for angling for sunfish and smallmouth bass and -- in cool seasons -- for rainbow trout stocked by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

The area also offers a large natural pool for swimming, and, after substantial rainfall, the river can be traveled downstream by canoe or kayak, though doing so is recommended only for highly experienced paddlers. Hiking trails lead downstream to the Winding Stairs scenic area and upstream to the Little Missouri Falls, a day-use area also accessible by forest service roads.

Travel on the mostly gravel forest roads yields access to the interior mountains. One popular route is Forest Service Road 177, which can be accessed by taking Logan Gap Road south from U.S. 270 just west of the Mt. Ida-Bearce Airport (about six miles east of Mt. Ida). Taking FS177 to the right at its intersection with Logan Gap leads travelers through the Crystal Mountain Scenic Area to the Collier Springs day-use area, by the Crystal Recreation Area (nine campsites) and on to a junction with Ark. 27 about a mile north of Norman.

Like many of the backcountry roads, FS177 is rough in spots but two-wheel drive vehicles are sufficient in dry weather. Due to limited signage on most back roads, it is advisable to take along a national forest or county map.

Other national forest highlights include a spectacular vista of Lake Ouachita and the surrounding mountains provided at the Hickory Nut Mountain day-use area, located off U.S. 270 near the county's eastern edge. Additionally, passing through northern Montgomery County is a portion of the 192-mile long Ouachita National Recreation Trail, which begins in Oklahoma and ends at Pinnacle Mountain State Park just west of Little Rock.

Shuttles: Hiker shuttles are available from D&W Store (also known as Big Cedar Store, 918-651-3230), Big Cedar RV Park (918-651-3271) and Talking Talking Trees Campground (918-653-2187). Be sure to call ahead and make arrangement as neither is set up for drop in business.

Directions to Talimena State Park: Take US Hwy. 271 seven miles north east of Talihina OK. Turn right.

To Buy Map: These maps are available at Backwoods in Tulsa ($5) and by emailing ($5 plus S&H).




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