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ADA Accessible
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Hochatown State Park is located in Oklahoma
Latitude
34.177 N
Longitude
-94.741 W
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5 Reviews of Hochatown State Park
Does Not Exist - Don’t read “reviews”

I live in Oklahoma and, in fact, spent 4 days in Broken Bow and Hochatown recently and these reviews crack me up. There isn’t a “Hochatown State Park” so I have no idea what these people were doing….

In fairness, there was perhaps, at one point in time, a Hochatown State Park, but that is no longer the case. Instead, this specific area of the state is home to Beavers Bend State Park (see my review of Beavers Bend for more details). There are several different areas for camping within the same general vicinity of Broken Bow and Hochatown. To the extent Hochatown is the location about which to provide a review, the correct area to review would be the Lakeview Lodge/Stevens Gap area on Broken Bow Lake in Hochatown, OK, almost exactly 10 miles north of Broken Bow proper and part of Beavers Bend State Park despite its separation from the main hub of activity in the Park. The Lodge is a traditional looking hotel. It is nestled on a ridge which overlooks the southern most area of the lake. Given the COVID issue, I wasn’t able to go into the Lodge. It looks to be a decent place, but could use a facelift, and the doors open to the outside which generally indicates a certain degree of sketchiness. The Lodge has a nice big boat ramp and swimming area on the shore of the lake. The marina is also very close to the Lodge for boat rentals, bait, and tackle needs.

For campers, there is a camping area across the road from the Lodge. This is the “Armadillo” area of Beavers Bend State Park. Some sites in Armadillo have sewer and some dont; all have water and power hookups. The bathhouse looked to be decent, though it was locked during my visit due to COVID. The pads for each site were paved, very large, and generally flat. I’ll try to find a picture of the site we used. There was lots of room, picnic table, lantern hook, and fire pit.

Basically, Beavers Bend State Park is separated into three separate camping areas. The Armadillo area is the northern most portion of the park and it is generally more geared toward lake activities given its proximity to the lake. The park information refers to the Lodge and Armadillo camping sites generally as the “Lake area.” Generally, there is a marked difference between the Lodge/Stevens Gap Area/Armadillo circle area. Without question, get a site in basically any other camping area except Armadillo unless you plan on doing nothing but taking your boat out every day/all day. Otherwise it’s basically like you aren’t even at the park, your just in some random woods with paved rectangles scattered around.

About 8-10 miles south of the Lake/Armadillo area is the main park office and visitor center (sort of the hub of activity) for Beavers Bend SP. This is the southern most area of the park, and the camp sites basically run along the shore of the Mountain Fork River. This is referred to as the “River area.” There are two camping areas in this section: Cypress and Acorn. Without question, the Acorn sites are the preferred sites (more detail in my Beavers Bend review). Get an Acorn site if you can - its that plain. The Cypress sites aren’t paved, they’re short, and really close together. However, like I described above, depending on what you’re planning on doing, either you camp in the worst area of the park (ie, lake area) or the best (ie, river area). It just so happens that the sites in the worst area are better than many of the sites in the best area (except Acorn). Cypress is a preferable area of the park to be in versus others, so there’s a trade off. The other section of Beavers Bend SP is in between the Lodge/Lake area and the southern most River area. Sort of confusing bc it is still technically on the river, but the third section is called the “Bend area” - hints the “Bend” in the Park’s name. The camp sites in this area follow along a large “C” bend in the river that sort of flows through the camp. There are a few different camping areas within this section of the Park, including group camping areas and many, many cabins that can be reserved. The whole southern area generally, and Acorn camping area specifically, are fantastic. It honestly looks like something from a movie. The visitor center is equally fantastic. Just a beautiful area. I discuss Beavers Bend State Park specifically in a separate review.

As for the mythical “Hochatown State Park,” again it doesn’t exist. The Lodge and Armadillo camping areas are on the North side of Beavers Bend SP. Just South of the Lodge is an area called “Stevens Gap.” There are walk in tent sites here that are all along the lakeshore. Really cool area if you’re tent camping.

As for the Lake and Armadillo camping area, my brother and me had a blast for 4 days. Armadillo circle was generally quiet and I thought our site (#4) wasn’t great, but not bad - it was solid. We caught a lot of fish in the lake and the scenery was beautiful. For anyone reading, bottom line is know where you’re going and don’t try to plan a trip to “Hochatown State Park.” If you do, you’ll be as disappointed as some of the poor souls who have posted reviews before me. I suppose my review would probably be just as bad if I had stayed at a fictional park. Good luck.

Dirty and disappointing

My wife and I went here for a brief weekend trip to try out some new gear and to paddleboard in Broken Bow lake. We chose the Coyote Drive camping area because it seemed to have the best water access. The first thing we noticed we we got out to scout out a campsite was that the place was filthy with all sorts of trash strewn around including soiled diapers at one site even though there are dumpsters nearby for trash collection. We did manage to find one spot that was less trashy and spent some time cleaning up what was there before we set up camp. We spent one night but decided to leave the next afternoon because the area was becoming quite crowded and noisy. It seems as if folks are using this as a day use area even though it is a designated campground and there are other day use areas available in the park. Our only interaction with the park staff was to pay the fee. We did not see any other staff attempting to enforce rules and clean up. It's really a shame that the conditions were so bad because the lake and the surrounding hills are beautiful.

Exceptionally beautiful and clear lake

Exceptionally beautiful and clear lake that’s surrounded by cliffs. The main activities are boating and hiking, with other things to do in the nearby towns like golf and restaurants. Jeep rentals are popular, which was obnoxious when we were hiking…but it does let more people enjoy the park. There is traditional tent/rv camping and also a big lodge for the less adventurous. There are at least three different campgrounds, which are all similar.

Yay: great canoeing, good wooded campsites, some near the water, not too crowded even in summer, great nature feel in this simple state park.

Nay: bugs

Surprise: if you’re lucky you can attend one of the festivals they host during the years, ranging from Native American culture to folk music. Great sunrises.

Exceptionally beautiful and clear lake

Exceptionally beautiful and clear lake that’s surrounded by cliffs. The main activities are boating and hiking, with other things to do in the nearby towns like golf and restaurants. Jeep rentals are popular, which was obnoxious when we were hiking…but it does let more people enjoy the park. There is traditional tent/rv camping and also a big lodge for the less adventurous. There are at least three different campgrounds, which are all similar.

Yay: great canoeing, good wooded campsites, some near the water, not too crowded even in summer, great nature feel in this simple state park.

Nay: bugs

Surprise: if you’re lucky you can attend one of the festivals they host during the years, ranging from Native American culture to folk music. Great sunrises.

Air mattress suggested...

Campgrounds are good, primitive are right on the lake, the ground is rocky, so bring something to lay on. RV is full hookup. Beautiful huge lake, bring your gear.

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