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Mountain Fork River
At the present time there are no canoe outfitters on the upper Mountain Fork. If there is someone that can outfit please let us know. For the present take your own raft, canoe or waders.
Upper Mountain Fork: N off Hwy 4. Lower Mountain Fork: off Hwy 70. Located in the scenic Kiamichi Mountains, the upper Mountain Fork empties into Broken Bow Reservoir and the Lower Mountain Fork flows south of the lake.
This fast moving-water of the lower Mountain Fork is not only excellent for year-round canoeing, but it is one of the best fishing streams in the Midwest. It offers twelve miles of excellent rainbow trout fishing. A trophy brown trout area offers a catch and release program. The upper Mountain Fork is one of the best smallmouth bass streams in the state and offers seasonal canoeing.
The stream is a prime Smallmouth stream and has been the focus of several magazine articles and the subject of a few fishing films. The stream is best fished from a canoe or flat bottom John boat. A word of caution to the first time visitor to the stream is needed. Depending on the stream flow, the rock outcroppings that cross the stream at several locations often appear as continuing unbroken flat water to the floater. You can suddenly find yourself going over the falls of one of these rock outcroppings and getting a "dunking" while loosing everything in your boat. For the most part though, the stream is an easy, pleasant floating experience.
There are several access points for the stream ranging from low water crossings used by the logging trucks of the Weyerhaeuser Company to jeep trails and a highway crossing. The following is a description of the access points that are considered usable.
Hatfield Crossing - This is a low water bridge on a gravel road between Hatfield, Arkansas and Smithville, Oklahoma. This is in the extreme northeast corner of McCurtain County, near the town of Beachton. This crossing offers adequate access for launching a canoe or flat bottom boat. Parking is limited but there is an area available for primitive camping.
Pikes Crossing - Located 2 miles further downstream, this is an old river ford. Access to this put in is by a rough jeep road from the right bank.
Rock Creek - Due east from Smithville a dirt road leads to Rock Creek. When the streams are "up" some from recent rains, this small tributary can be used to reach the main stream.
Highway 4 Crossing - Just downstream from Rock Creek Oklahoma Highway 4 crosses the Mountain Fork over a paved bridge. One the right side access can be gained through the Mountain Fork Lodge for a small fee. The Mountain Fork lodge is a fishing camp with six to eight cabins and expert fishing guide services.
Gravel Pit - Adjacent to the Hwy. 4 bridge is an old dirt road crossing. Parking is available near an old gravel pit which is a short walk to the river.
Eagle Fork - An old highway bridge immediately east of U.S. Highway 259 offers access to the Eagle Fork. Access off of the east end can be difficult after rain. The mountain Fork is .4 of a mile from this point.
Low Water Bridges - There
are several low-water bridges crossing the Mountain Fork near the downstream
area known as the "Narrows". This area is immediately off of U.S. 259
southwest of Smithville. These low water bridges are part of the logging roads
of the Weyerhaeuser Corporation and are accessible to the public. The low water
crossings offer easy access for put-ins of canoes and John boats. Caution should
be exercised around these areas. The suction created by the culverts under these
low water bridges can be dangerous for wading and swimming at the intake side of
Rental canoes on the Lower Mountain Fork
Beavers Bend River Floats (Canoe Rental / Float Trips (580)494-6070) and shuttle services are available in the park (Beavers Bend) and near the Highway 70 bridge. Five miles east of Broken Bow on US 70, north on Mountain Fork Park Rd, follow the signs to WW Trading Post & Canoe Rentals. Open March through October, this Lower Mountain Fork canoe outfitter and sales offers fishing packages, picnic supplies, trout flies, tackle, and snacks. E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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Trout Fishing - available year round in Mountain Fork River (license required and may be purchased at reservation office).
Information on Broken Bow Lake
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