Lower Mountain Fork River is a 26 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Broken Bow, Oklahoma that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
The Lower Mountain Fork River is a short, but very exciting, whitewater/flatwater run that is probably the most consistently flowing and best whitewater stream in Oklahoma.
we weren't able to go very far, at the beginning of the trail we were attacked by hornets that chased us to our car.
Close to home, always refreshing to camp, fish and hike this area... it has been a mainstay in the family for years! Recent rainfall has transformed a lot of the river itself into a whole different character, but the change has provided improvements.
Canoed the top 8 miles of this paddle trail, it was great. Left the car at Wild Goose Canoe Rentals, loaded my canoe on their trailer, and they drove us up to the top (re-regulation dam). We were dropped off below dam at ~10 am, put in shortly afterward. Took out at Wild Goose at 2:45 pm. Canoeing was fun. Water levels could have been just a bit higher, but flow was good on this river. Some minimal portage required, but may have been avoidable (if we went different route). First 2 miles, up to Presbyterian Falls, there are lots of bolder fields, ‘rapids’, and small falls to navigate; nothing too serious and a lot of fun. The top of the river was fairly crowded, though. Many people put in about the same time we did (I guess because the rain had just stopped); 6 kayakers put in at the same time we did, and a large, noisy (church?) group of about 20-30 just behind us, in both canoes and kayaks. But after the 3 mile mark (SH 70 bridge), we only saw 2 kayakers and a couple of swimmers. The middle 3-4 miles was flat and decent level. Near the end, last 2-2.5 miles, there were a few more small ‘rapids’. Water was very clean and cold, with water temps 71-79 deg (per USGS site, but felt much colder).
Wildlife – too many people on the upper portion for wildlife. Saw several turtles, herons, and large fish on the last 5 miles. Saw 5 deer (in a group) while investigating Beavers Bend SP.
For water levels, see the USGS water data site for Eagletown, OK:
For map and more info:
Lower Mountain Fork River - See http://southwestpaddler.com/docs/littleok9.html