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Last weekend my friend Bill and I drove 225 miles northeast to Broken Bow Lake, Oklahoma for a four day wilderness paddling/camping trip. We departed on Thursday morning and drove in light rain nearly all the way to the put-in at Panther Creek. This boat ramp to the lake is the most northern access before the lake becomes the Mountain Fork River. I generally choose this area in the winter when storms are predicted as the lake has now become the river and is very narrow compared to it's 4 mile crossing near the dam. This minimizes our exposure to wind and big wave action. We loaded my Old Town Discovery 169 (17' canoe) with tent, sleeping bags and pads, cooking gear, food, rain tarp, water and clothing for 4 days.

We paddled in mild temps (low 60's) in a cloudy, overcast, winter sky. There are no designated camp grounds and we were in the Quashita National Forest, a complete wilderness area. This Army Corp of Engineer lake is a reservoir and has no development on it. It's located about 10 miles north of Broken Bow (the city) and is 23 miles long, running north/south. It's also very a popular fishing lake. We paddled south scouting for decent camp spots that might have a flat spot for the tent as this area has allot of mountains that descend quickly to the lake with rock cliffs. On the way we saw a pair of bald eagles perched on dead trees flanking the lake. We didn't paddle far as we found a good place to set up camp about an hour south of our put-in.

We arrived with just enough time to set up the tent, rain fly and started into the Dutch oven cooking. At dinner the rain re-started as a gentle pitter patter and eventually turned quite nasty as we retreated to the tent. I was pretty tired from working all week so I was in my sleeping bag and out like a light at 8:30pm. 12 hours later I was up brewing coffee and blueberry muffins, bacon and eggs. Friday was our pretty day as it was sunny and slightly cool and breezy. We went hiking and I took lots of pictures. It seems like so much time and energy goes into cooking/food preparation as I was back to getting the evening dinner prepared. Friday night was clear with tons of stars.

Saturday morning was like Thursday as it was cooler and overcast. The rain moved in quickly as we spent the whole day hanging out under the rain tarp. Early Sunday morning at 3:30am the thunderstorms moved in with strong thunder and lightning which lasted up till around 7am. Fearing that we'd be waking up to a hell of a storm we agreed to forgo breakfast and get up early, pack up and head back. As it turned out, the storms had already moved thru, the rain stopped and we had decent weather to pack up.

Overall a good weekend despite the soggy conditions.
 

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You must have a good tent. Looks like a good camping spot.
 

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Thanks guys, it was a real turd floater of a rain storm for several days and probably the most rain I've ever camped in. The tent is a Eureka Equinox 4 man tent and is a really spacious 2 man tent (12x12). And yes Kerry, it was bombproof against the tempest of a storm that hit early Sunday morning. This is the same storm that hit Mississippi on Sunday afternoon and had that ugly tornado. Fortunately we didn't have such extreme conditions however it was quite a light show and the thunder bounced off the mountains like cannon volley. When You love camping as much as me there's never a bad trip as they're all adventuresome and fun.
 

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Dan, that looks like it was a great place to camp. I've done a good bit of backpacking but not camped from a canoe before. Sounds like a good idea. I've been thinking about getting a kayak as the reservior right close to the house would be a good place to use one of those fishing.
 

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Dan, that looks like it was a great place to camp. I've done a good bit of backpacking but not camped from a canoe before. Sounds like a good idea. I've been thinking about getting a kayak as the reservior right close to the house would be a good place to use one of those fishing.
Yes Mark, that spot gets marked on my map as a favorite. I started out canoeing with friends that had kayaks but their boats were much faster and I worked allot harder to keep up. Later I bought a used plastic kayak I got for $600 and eventually had 4 kayaks and a canoe. I've had some pretty nice kayaks, a P&H from England (carbon fiber/Kevlar) that I bought as a demo for 3k. The kayak I took to Alaska to Glacier Bay National Park for 2 sea kayak self guided expeditions was a Feathercraft K-1 Expedition made in Vancouver, Canada. It's a folding kayak and packs into a backpack for carrying on commercial airlines or float planes. That boat today is over 5k. One of the kayaks that's popular here, is a great beginner boat and affordable at about 1.2k is the Perception Carolina. They come in different lengths but the best size for a sea kayak is 16 feet+. The longer the boat the better it tracks on open water and is less prone to weather cocking and is faster to paddle and also has more room if you want to do some overnight trips for packing gear. Here's one I found that looks like a heck of a deal.

http://www.pensacolafishingforum.com/f49/sale-16-perception-carolina-rudder-$600-5700/
 

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Nice photo's Dan, looked like a great trip. Broken bow is supposed to be a big bass lake.
 

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Sweet! Just goes to show you that youdon't need sun an 85* to enjoy yourself in the outdoors. Not that you'd convince my significant other of that anymore...:icon12:
 

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Thanks Hall. In warmer weather this lake is covered up with bass boats. Only the crazy ones go out on the lake in the winter in the cold and rain. I know what you mean Daryl. As you noticed my wife was not with me.
 
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