Things To Do

Things To Do in the Ringold Area

    Pine Creek Lake

    Pine Creek Lake

    Activities include, boating, fishing, skiing, canoeing, kayaking and hiking
    2 Entrances to the lake - Little River Park Road and Lost Rapids Park Road

    Baldwin's Store

    Baldwin's Store

    23116 West State Hwy 3
    Ringold, OK 74754

    You will feel like you've stepped back in time when you shop at Baldwin's General Store for gas, ice, beer, fishing tackle/bait, basic groceries, souvenir T-shirts, caps, and more. Family owned and operated since 1923 and not much has changed since then.

    Ringold Cafe

    Ringold Cafe

    Southern Style Home Cooking
    23172 West State Hwy 3
    Ringold, OK 74754

    Friday & Saturday Steak-Fish-Shrimp
    Sunday starting at 11:00 AM Buffet Lunch plus regular menu

    Fishing Guides

    Emergency Public Storm Shelters



    Things to Do in Broken Bow & Hochatown Areas





      Fitness Trainer & Gym


      Jet Boat Joe's-Thrill Ride on Water

      242 Stevens Gap Rd Broken Bow, OK


      Us 259 North Broken Bow, OK


      Museum of the Red River

      812 E Lincoln Road, Idabel

      10-5 Tues thru Sat • 1-5 Sundays

      Closed Mondays & Major Holidays

      Emergency Contact Information

      In case of an emergency call 911.Emergency Information:
      Fire Departments
      Ringold Fire Department 580-212-0646
      Battiest: 580-241-5501
      Broken Bow: 580-584-2424
      Garvin: 580-286-2044
      Haworth: 580-245-1123
      Emergency: 580-494-6333
      Non: 580-494-6478
      Idabel: 911
      Millerton: 580-746-2444
      Rufe: 580-876-3737
      Tom: 580-245-1539
      Valliant: 580-933-4545
      Wright City: 580-981-2757

      Wrecker Service
      Gammon Wrecker
      Broken Bow

      Mundell Wrecker & Salvage
      Broken Bow

      Steel, Archie & Son Wrecker Service

      Area Chambers of Commerce
      Broken Bow
      113 West MLK Drive
      Broken Bow, OK 74728

      Out of State Fishing License

      Oklahoma fishing license fees and requirements:

      An Oklahoma resident or nonresident* fishing license is required of all persons who take, attempt to take or possess fish or other aquatic dwelling organisms by any method in Oklahoma. Persons fishing the Red River must have a valid Oklahoma fishing license unless exempt. Anyone hunting, fishing or trapping must possess the Fishing and Hunting Legacy Permit, unless exempt. Persons fishing on water located within the Honobia Creek or Three Rivers Wildlife Management Areas must have a valid Land Access Permit, unless exempt. All required licenses or written evidence of exemption must be carried while fishing.
      *A nonresident is any individual who is a resident of another state or who has resided in Oklahoma for fewer than 60 days, regardless of whether he or she intends to reside in Oklahoma permanently. Land ownership does not constitute residency.

      Visit the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's website for current licensing fees, exemption information and statewide fishing regulations.

      Oklahoma Resident

      Fishing (Annual): $25
      Fishing (2-Day): $15
      Youth Fishing (16 & 17 years old): $5/Year
      Lifetime Fishing: $225
      Lifetime Fishing (60 & Older): $15

      Non Resident

      Fishing (Annual): $55
      Fishing (6-Day): $35

      McCurtain county game warden offices:

      Broken Bow - 580-513-4651
      Idabel - 580-513-4963
      Smithville - 580-513-6866

      LOCAL TIP!

      Need to purchase a fishing license? Pick one up at the local Wal-Mart or at one of the many area convenience stores selling fishing licenses.

      Note: Look for the sticker on the door that specifies they do.
      Happy casting!

      Hunting License

      For nonresidents, a hunting license is any one of the following:

      Annual Hunting License (not valid for deer)
      5-Day Hunting License (not valid for deer, pheasant or turkey)
      Lifetime Hunting License* (not valid for deer or turkey)
      Lifetime Combination Hunting/Fishing License* (not valid for deer or turkey)

      *The Lifetime Nonresident Small Game Hunting and Lifetime Nonresident Combination Small Game Hunting/Fishing licenses are no longer available. However, these licenses will be honored for persons already possessing one.

      For current information on hunter education requirements in Oklahoma, see the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's website.

      McCurtain county game warden offices:

      Broken Bow - 580-513-4651
      Idabel - 580-513-4963
      Smithville - 580-513-6866

      ATV Rules and Regulations

      McCurtain County ATV Rules for the Road

      The Ouachita National Forest and Honobia Creek Wildlife Management are the only areas available in the county for legal public use of off highway vehicles. A deer hunting license is required for the Honobia Creek Wildlife Management area and is only open to ATV riding during deer hunting season. Same rules apply to Three Rivers WMA.

      Listed below are rules and regulations for off-highway vehicle (OHV) use in the Ouachita National Forest, Honobia Creek and Three Rivers Wildlife Management Areas. OHVs include ATVs, 4-wheelers, 3-wheelers, utility vehicles such as mules, and motorcycles.

      For a more pleasant visit, please take a moment to review the following:

      All USFS land/roads south of U.S. 70 are closed to ATV riding especially on the forest floor. USFS lands in Leflore county are the same as the McCurtain county unit with the exception of designated ATV roads in Leflore county.

      • The speed limit on the Ouachita WMA as well as all other WMA's is 25 MPH for all vehicles including street legal and ATV's.
      • All ATV's including motorcycles, UTV's etc. are required to have a USFS approved spark arrestor in working order. Loud modified exhausts are prohibited as well and could be in violation of ODWC rules for Department Managed Lands (WMA's)
      • The use or possession of alcoholic beverages or low point beer is prohibited by forest order on the Ouachita National Forest
      • OHVs may be used on open unpaved National Forest roads constructed and intended for normal or regular motor vehicle use. A road is considered closed if there is a sign, gate, or other barricade, including a dirt mound, blocking the road. Prior illegal OHV use does not imply permission to ride off the open road. So, just because someone else went around or over that dirt mound that is closing the road doesn't mean you should do the same. You could receive a fine. You can drive on unpaved county roads but only in the National Forest - not elsewhere.
      • There are places where trails have been illegally used across the forest floor - be aware these are not open roads and are not legal to use for riding. Make sure it is obviously a road before using it - if you aren't sure then call the Forest Service at 580-494-6402.
      • In McCurtain County north of Broken Bow, OHV use is not permitted on the forest floor (off-road). Throughout LeFlore County, and in McCurtain County south of Hwy 70, dispersed OHV use is currently permitted on the forest floor. The regulations are subject to change, so please call the Forest Service at 580-494-6402 if you are unsure whether OHV use is permitted in a given area.
      • A state law is in effect on public lands that requires anyone under the age of 18 to wear a helmet while riding an OHV, and prohibits passengers on OHVs that were not made to carry passengers (after-market modifications do not count).
      • OHVs are not allowed on trails designated solely for other uses, including hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian use. Currently there are no designated OHV trails on the forest floor in Oklahoma except for the Indian Nations Trail in LeFlore County, where only motorcycles are allowed.
      • Driving on powerlines, pipelines, seismic lines, fire lines, or railroad right-of-ways is prohibited.
      • Driving on, or crossing, a paved road is prohibited.
      • Driving in streambeds, creek beds, lake beds, or shorelines is prohibited.
      • Make sure your vehicle is in good condition with an approved spark arrester.
      • Use the appropriate safety gear - helmet (required if under 18), eye protection, boots, and gloves.
      • Obey speed limits and be considerate of other visitors. When encountering horse riders stop and yield the right-of-way since horses may be spooked by motorized vehicles.

      The reason for the rules:

      Heavy or irresponsible OHV use can wreak havoc on the environment. Miles of unplanned trails from heavy OHV use on the forest floor can damage watersheds, destroy habitats, kill native plant and animal species, and pollute streams and rivers.

      To help preserve these resources and the continued opportunities for you to enjoy using your vehicle on public lands, we ask that you observe the guidelines listed above and report violations.

      Riding in closed areas can result in a fine of up to $300.

      For more information, please call the Forest Service at 580-494-6402.

      Effective August 1, 2008, all OHV riding on the Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area is prohibited except by licensed deer hunters during the period of Oct. 1 - Jan. 15. All OHV riders must wear a fluorescent orange chest and head covering while operating an OHV. If a crash helmet is worn, then only a fluorescent orange chest covering is required. Consult the Oklahoma Hunting Guide for additional restrictions.

      Boating and Watercraft Laws

      Laws of the Water

      There's no better place in the region for boating of all kinds than the crystal clear lakes and rivers of Beavers Bend.

      Make Your Day On The Water Safe And Enjoyable For You And Everyone Around You, Please Review These Boating Safety Regulations And Watercraft Laws.

      Oklahoma Boating Law Basics:Education Requirements and Age & Operator Restrictions

      Restrictions for Children Under 12 - No person under the age of 12 may operate a vessel powered by a motor or combination of motors in excess of ten (10) horsepower, a personal watercraft (PWC) or any sail-powered vessel sixteen (16) feet or greater in length, they:

      • Must possess during operation, a boating safety education certificate indicating they have successfully passed a state approved boating course or equivalency exam and
      • Must be supervised by a competent adult who is at least 18 years of age. If the vessel is a PWC, the adult must be visually supervising within 500 yards of the PWC. If the vessel is other than a PWC, the supervising adult must be on board and in position to take immediate control.

      Proof of Identity and Boating Education - All vessel operators must carry with them during operation either their boating safety education certificate/card as approved by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety or photo identification proving the operator is at least 16 years of age.
      Non-Residents & Visiting Boaters - Visiting boaters who have completed another state's boating safety course as recognized by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and approved by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety are exempt from Oklahoma's boater education requirement.

      Laws for Required Wearing of PFDs:

      In addition to the federal PFD carriage requirements, Oklahoma has the following requirements for wearing a PFD:

      • If boating on a vessel that is less than 26 feet in length, children under the age of 13 must wear a Coast Guard approved PFD whenever underway.
      • Every person on board a personal watercraft (PWC), sailboard, or any person being towed behind a vessel must wear a Coast Guard approved Type I, II, III or V PFD. Ski belts do not meet this requirement and should be carried aboard as excess equipment only. Inflatable PFDs are not intended for use while participating in tow activities or other high impact sports.


      Reckless & Negligent Operation:

      No person shall operate any vessel or manipulate water skis or similar towed devices in a reckless or negligent manner. The failure to exercise the degree of care necessary to prevent endangering life, limb, or property is considered reckless and negligent.
      Some activities considered Reckless or Careless Operation in Oklahoma -

      • Speeding in no-wake zones or boating in areas marked as restricted.
      • Operating at excessive speed in congested areas and at times of restricted ability.
      • Allowing a passenger to ride on the gunwale, bow, transom or in any other position obviously dangerous is illegal when operating at greater than idle speed unless the boat has adequately designed guards or railing of at least 24 inches.
      • Operating or giving permission to operate a boat or PWC when wind warnings have been posted or other hazardous conditions exist that pose a risk to persons or property.
      • Failing to yield or stop for an authorized emergency vessel making an audible or visible signal.
      • Parking, mooring or beaching a boat at the edge of or within a marked swimming area.

      Additional laws that apply to personal watercraft (PWC)

      • A PWC may not be operated between sunset and sunrise unless equipped with required navigation lights.
      • If the PWC is equipped with an emergency engine cut off lanyard, then it must be properly attached between the operator and the cut-off switch during operation.
      • It is illegal to weave your PWC through congested traffic or swerve at the last minute to avoid a collision.
      • It is illegal to disturb, chase or harass wildlife with your PWC.

      Special Activities, Restrictions & Requirements:

      • Watercraft used to tow a water skier or similar device must have the capacity to accommodate 2 or more people.
      • In addition to the boat operator, a person of at least 8 years of age must be aboard to observe the person being towed. The exception to this is if the boat is equipped with a wide angle convex mirror or mirrors so that the operator can face forward and still be in a position to observe the participant at all times.
      • When towing a person on water skis or similar device, the participant must wear a properly fitting vest style PFD approved by the U.S. Coast Guard.
      • You may not tow a parasailer, skier or similar device between sunset and sunrise.
      • Vessels engaged in scuba diving and snorkeling must display a red and white diver down flag measuring at least 20 inches by 2 inches with 4 inches of white. You may not post a diver down flag with the intent of diving or snorkeling within 100 yards to any functional boat ramp.
      • Vessels engaged in diving activity and are restricted in their ability to maneuver, must hoist a blue and white alpha flag that measures when conducting operations in federal and international waters.
      • It is illegal to transport firearms or discharge weapons from a vessel except for the legal purposes of hunting animals and fowl.

      Operating Under the Influence:

      Operating a boat while intoxicated is a federal offense. State Boating Under the Influence (BUI) are becoming more stringent. As on the roadways, on-water enforcement officers may administer sobriety tests and conduct a blood alcohol content (BAC) examination.

      • No person shall operate any vessel, personal watercraft, water skis or similar device while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
      • Boaters who have a BAC of 0.10% or greater as measured in the person's breath or blood are considered to be under the influence, or any operator that is under the influence of another intoxicating substance to a degree that makes him or her incapable of safe operation is considered BUI.
      • Oklahoma law prescribes fines and possible jail times for those who violate state BUI laws.
      • By operating your vessel in the water of Oklahoma, you have consented to be tested for drugs or alcohol if requested by a peace officer. Refusal to submit to testing may result in increased penalties upon conviction.

      Registration and Titling Requirements

      All motorized vessels used principally in the waters of Oklahoma, must be titled and registered. The following are the only exceptions:

      • Boats properly registered in another state using Oklahoma waters for less than 60 consecutive days.
      • Vessels federally documented with the U.S. Coast Guard. However, federally documented vessels using Oklahoma waters for more than 60 consecutive days must be registered with Oklahoma and display a current validation decal - display of Oklahoma registration number is not required.
      • Non-motorized boats that are propelled manually, like canoes, kayaks, rowboats, punts and rubber rafts.

      To register your vessel,

      you must visit one of the 300 motor license agents statewide or Write or Call:

      Oklahoma Tax Commission
      Motor Vehicle Division
      2501 North Lincoln Blvd.
      Oklahoma City, OK 73194
      (405) 521-3221

      Once in receipt of required information, fees and applicable taxes, the state will issue a Certificate of Registration. This must be kept aboard the boat at all times and be readily available for inspection by an enforcement officer at all times.

      Be sure to keep your boat and motor titles in a safe place - this is your proof of ownership.

      The Certificate of Registration and Validation Decals must be renewed each year by June 30th!