Boondockers Landing and Surrounding Area
Home on the River
“We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts.”
Discover Boondockers Landing River Resort and camping grounds. A place in nature that you will return to time and again. A perfect place to hide out from the world; a rest from the asphalt jungles of society and the fast-paced lives we lead.
Boondockers Landing lies along a 1/2 mile of the Upper Mountain Fork River which meanders through forests of black walnut, birch, pine, cedar, and oak. Watch the river flow. Enjoy a picnic amidst the towering evergreens and feel the breath of fresh mountain air.
Gather friends and family around a crackling campfire to reminisce and visit about the day’s events or for storytelling while grilling over the campfire. Roast marshmallows and make homemade ice cream. Linger in time.
Enjoy splendid sundowns while bird watching or take in an evening of leisurely canoe paddling for the scenery, solitude, and tranquility. Stargaze the Big Dipper and meteor showers after nightfall.
You’ll want to rise early in time to see radiant sunrises with a 'cuppa joe' and abundant wildlife of deer, raccoon, squirrel, opossum, armadillo, wild turkey, and beaver seen frequently in the park. When conditions allow in the early cool of the morning, mist blankets the river and lifts slowly with time. Wrapping yourself in its midst with a walk along the river bank or inside a kayak is magical. The mist creates shrouds of mystery over the mountains, rivers, and lakes.
Spring and summer bring sights, sounds, fragrances and textures that accompany new life. Autumn is a dazzling display of festive foliage that paints vibrant shades of green, brilliant gold, crimson, orange, and even deep shades of purple that overtake the maples, sumac, sweet gum, oak, sassafras, and hickory. The harvest season and the crisper, downward turn of temperatures signal Ol’ Man Winter’s promise for guests to enjoy time huddled up next the campfire enjoying the clear, star-filled and moonlit sky.
Boondockers Landing is surrounded by country scenes, cold mountain streams and rivers, sparkling lakes and ponds, seasonal flora, trees and mountains that connect you to nature in an infinite and personal way and offers opportunities for new and exciting experiences for your next weekend getaway, long-awaited vacation, or as a stop-over during your travels.
Our Ouachita Area
This southeast corner of Oklahoma, known both as Kiamichi Country and Choctaw Country, defines a unique history which has shaped its culture and landscape into what it is today. Inherent folklore, traditions and historic preservation is not only taught in the area, but also celebrated in everyday life. Characteristics of the area’s natural beauty and diverse living environment are contributing factors that make Choctaw Country the most visited region in the state.
Attractions include festive fall foliage, scenic drives, with extraordinary views. With close to a million acres of wildlife, along with 7 mountain ranges, 25 major lakes, 12 state parks, 35 wildlife management areas and other public lands, it’s little wonder the area is a destination for outdoor enthusiasts for exploring, water sports, hunting, and multi-use trails. Choctaw Country is considered the deer capitol of the world and is the only section of Oklahoma that has bear hunting season.
Mountains - Forests - Rivers
The terrain of McCurtain County varies from the Ouachita Mountains in the northern part of the county to the rich Red River bayous of the southern part of the region. The Red River forms nearly all of Oklahoma’s border with Texas. There are numerous rivers; several with inviting whitewater for avid kayakers. Lightly populated, mountainous and densely forested, the region is popular for outdoor recreation including extreme sports, geocaching and rock hounding. The blue tinged mountains are the highest between the Appalachians and the Rockies and are the only mountains in the US that run east and west.
Upper Mountain Fork River
The cool water of the Upper Mountain Fork River flows into popular Broken Bow Lake at Beavers Bend State Park. The river rises in the Ouachita Mountains in LeFlore County and feeds into the Little River in McCurtain County. Remote, rugged and undeveloped, a few houses dot the riverbanks of the UMFR, along with plant life, bird life, and wildlife. The river forms near Hatfield, Arkansas and flows along the southwestern edge of the Ouachita National Forest between Smithville, home to Boondockers Landing, and Broken Bow Lake. The UMFR is dammed to form the pristine, crystal blue water of Broken Bow Lake.
Discover the spirit and way of life of the kind, gentle Choctaw American Indians in a way you won’t find anywhere else. Feel the excitement in the power of a drum beat at a traditional, time-honored tribal dance at a sacred powwow. Be captured by intricate details of the fascinating, hand-craftedm exuberant flair of colorful and diverse apparel. Experience a reverence of our first Americans with a visit to historical sites and centers that celebrate their proud ancestral heritage. The Choctaw Nation covers most of Kiamichi Country. The name Oklahoma comes from the Choctaw phrase 'okla humma', literally meaning red people.