Past Field Trips


Beavers Bend Fall Weekend

Friday, November 15, 2019 through Sunday, November 17, 2019

The Plano Photography Club will return to Beavers Bend State Park and Broken Bow Lake in Oklahoma for a fall color shooting trip. Beavers Bend State Park is 170 miles from West Plano, about three hours driving time. Besides the state park and the lake, features of interest include Mountain Fork River, trees, hiking trails, and a distillery.

Beavers Bend State Park is located in an idyllic setting among towering pines and hardwoods. The park is a favorite for summer water activities and trout fishing. A constant-flow stream fed from the cold water of Broken Bow Lake form a fishing stream with small waterfalls and rapids, offering great photography morning and evening. Trails can take you up wooded hills for grand vistas. Broken Bow Lake and Hochatown State Park offer views of the hills for sunrise and sunset shots.

Also of note:

  • Mountain Fork Park: Travel through Broken Bow and east on 70 for a trip to Mountain Fork Park. If the water is high, you will experience a dramatic flow of water from the dam.
  • Talimena Scenic Drive is north of Broken Bow and travels east and west along ridges with fall color. It’s about an hour from the state park, but allow as much time as you wish to drive along the Scenic Drive.
  • Choctaw Casino, Broken Bow
  • Circus Cemetery: This is in Hugo, OK, on the road up to Beavers Bend


You are on your own for lodging. Where to stay:

  • Rent a cabin in the state park
  • Camp or RV in the state park
  • Beavers Bend Lakewood lodge on the lake
  • There are numerous vacation cabins for rent
  • Broken Bow has motels (15-20 minute drive)
  • Hochatown has cabins and motels


Where to eat:

  • Café in the park (Great pies!)
  • Hochatown – Grateful Head Pizza and Abendigo’s are good. This area is growing and there are many more choices than five years ago.
  • Broken Bow – many restaurants with numerous choices


Camera Gear to bring:

  • Wide to telephoto lenses
  • There is not much wildlife so a super long lens is probably not needed
  • Tripod
  • Neutral density filters to slow down water motion
  • Polarizing filter to make fall colors pop


Please register for this event using the Calendar/Registration link in the navigation menu. Registration closes on Friday, November 15, 2019.


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