Mountain Fork, Oklahoma, US
2. Reregulation Dam to Hwy 70 (3 miles) (Lower Mountain Fork or LMF)
||I-II+(IV) (for normal flows)
Photo of Jordan Egan by David McDonald taken 8/2006
Mountain Fork near Eagletown, OK
300 - 2000 cfs
Good Flow. Gauge (800 square miles) is at end of reach. Flow is regulated by dams upstream.
Located in extreme Southeastern Oklahoma, the Lower Mountain Fork River below the Reregulation
dam is a popular summer recreation spot. At medium flows, this is an excellent river for learning
and developing basic whitewater skills. Water quality in this clear, rocky stream is very good,
with water temps kept at or below 70 degrees to support a healthy trout poulation.
After leaving the campground at the putin, you won't see any signs of development until you come
to the old iron bridge at the takeout. On busy weekends during the day, you will most likely see
plenty of rental carnage, with the Rock Garden, Chute and Presbyterian Falls areas being some
really good places to "kick back and watch the show." After 4 or 5:00 though, this
usually changes. All the rental boats are gone, and the "release water" often starts
showing up. Beautiful scenery, solitude and much better flows is what you will often experience
Minimum flows in the 120 - 200 CFS range make this section of river popular with beginners and
will be really bony in spots, especially through the Rock Garden. Releases that are usually
scheduled late in the afternoons during the hotter months can change the character of the river
quickly and dramatically. In the drier months of the year stream flows above about 120 CFS depend
upon the number of hydroelectric power generators (there are two) running and the length of time
they run. Generally speaking, one generator running for three hours can produce roughly 500 -
1000 CFS, slowly dropping back after the crest. This is dependent upon how much water was behind
the reregulation dam prior to release. Two generators for a similar period of time can produce
(Generation / streamflow ratios given as a rough guide only).
At flows of 2000+ the river exceeds the class 2+ rating and runs should not be attempted by
paddlers without at least strong intermediate whitewater skills. Longer generation times will
result in higher peak flows, with extended 2 generator releases easily producing flows of 4000 -
High flow rates typical of extended two generator releases can produce nasty hydraulics, pushy
water conditions and dramatically increased chances for pinned boats,(especially true for open
canoes without flotation, which can easily be wrapped and broken) long swims, lost equipment, and
plenty of other hazards. Routes can become difficult to find and winding up in flooded timber is
possible. Class IV rating given at high levels to reflect these consequences. This is especially
true in the Chute and Ledges sections just above Presbyterian Falls, the keeper hole that forms
at Presbyterian Falls, and the low-lying wooded area about a half-mile upstream of the takeout
that floods out at higher levels.
Normally, especially during the summer months, the river falls into the 120-300 CFS range before
the releases, making it suitable for beginners in kayaks, canoes, float tubes, you name it - you
will probably see it there. This is a very popular river and home to a number of liveries, and
can become quite congested on weekends during the day. However, most liveries stop putting in
between 3 and 5pm most days, avoiding the peak flows of the releases. Evenings usually find the
river with higher flows and a much less boat traffic, making it seem like a totally different
river. Intermediate to advanced boaters tend to enjoy this time the most. Two generator releases
in the evenings can hold the river to levels above 1000 for several hours after the generation
has stopped - sometimes until noon and beyond the next day.
Each summer, due to the consistent flows, Swiftwater Rescue Training Classes are held here. These
ACA classes instruct participants in techniques for river safety, self rescue, and rescue of
other paddlers and equipment. Contact Jim Simmons for more
information. (See photos below.)
From intersection of US259 & US70 in Broken Bow go East on 70 5.2 miles. There is a sign on
the south side of 70 that says "Mountain Fork Park". Turn left and you will see a sign
that says "Canoe Rentals". Go north on this road 3 miles to the putin which is located
within the campground.
Takeout is located at the Mountain Fork River at Hwy70 - 1.8 miles East of Mountain Fork Park
Road. Cross over the iron bridge, and take then take a left on the dirt road that will parallel
the north side of the road. Park directly under or near the bridge. Please don't park on the
outfitter's lot on the south side of the bridge.
There are 12 improved campsites available at the putin. All 12 have concrete picnic tables,
lantern posts, fire rings and water. Some of them have electricity and can accommodate most
full-size RV's. Fees range from $15.00 a night for full RV sites to $8.00 a night per tent for
primitive camping, which is also available here. There are no showers at the Rereg campground,
but there is a vault toilet there. All campsites in this park are available only on a first come
- first served basis. This campground fills up quickly on most spring, summer and fall weekends,
and particularly on holidays. Also, Beaver's
Bend State Park, located on the flatwater section of the river between Broken Bow Lake dam
and the power plant has lots of campsites, cabins, showers, and other services available. Your
camping receipt from the Rereg campground entitles you to use the showers, etc. at Beaver's Bend.
There are other campgrounds available in the Broken Bow Lake area as well as primitive camping in
the adjacent Ouachita National Forest.
Other Nearby Accommodations and Services
There are several outfitters in the area providing kayak and canoe rentals, and shuttles. Some
have stores offering items you might need for a day on the river. There are lots of private
rental cabins all around this area, too.
Broken Bow has motels, stores, gas stations, cafes & restaurants, and just about anything
else you might need. If you forget or run out of something you can always make the short drive
down to Broken Bow. There is also a convienience store with gas at Eagletown, a few miles east of
the takeout bridge on US70 that is a little closer than Broken Bow if you need to just pick up a
couple of things.
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Last Updated: 2006-10-04 01:04:27