Oklahoma is a state in the heart of the Midwest, home to the Great Plains, lush forests, and over 200 gorgeous lakes. Whether you’re looking to relax at a peaceful lakeside retreat, enjoy some recreational time, or learn more about cowboys and Western heritage, Oklahoma has you covered. Cabin rentals in Oklahoma‘s lakeside towns put you just steps from the water for fishing, boating, and water sports during the summer, while mountain cabins close to near by ski resorts are ideal for the winter months. If you’re searching for the perfect spot to secure a cabin in Oklahoma, consider the following six areas that offer some great lodging options.

1. Broken Bow

Broken Bow cabin
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Broken Bow sits surrounded by Broken Bow Lake, and many of the cabin rentals in the area are within a stone’s throw of the shoreline and just minutes from Beaver’s Bend Marina. During the summer, spend some time at the beach, or take advantage of the boat ramp and head out onto the water for a day of fishing for some local largemouth and white bass. If you’re visiting during the winter, you can expect occasional snow, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying an abundance of outdoor activities, ranging from family hikes in Beaver’s Bend State Park to hunting and shoreline ice fishing.

2. Medicine Park

Medicine Park water view
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Medicine Park sits less than a mile from the entrance of the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge, which boasts 60,000 acres of lush greenery and houses wildlife in their natural habitats. Medicine Park offers quaint rustic cabins nestled in the Wichita Mountains, and it’s often referred to as “America’s Cobblestone Community” due to the red rock formations that surround the area and the cobblestone architecture of local cabins. Lake Lawtonka sits on the east side of Medicine Park and offers two square miles of recreational space, beaches, and clear waters that are perfect for fishing, boating, and paddleboarding. Medicine Park only averages about 2 inches of snowfall per year, so you can still enjoy hikes along the Wichita Mountain Trails, fishing, and other outdoor activities during colder seasons. The town also houses the Medicine Park Aquarium and Natural Sciences Center, which open year-round.

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3. Eufaula

overlooking Lake Eufala
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Eufaula is a cozy Oklahoma town that offers the perfect combination of country and city life. Named after Lake Eufaula, Oklahoma’s largest lake, rustic wood cabin rentals in this area are just a short walk from the water, so you don’t have to travel too far for an early morning fishing trip or swim. Downtown Eufaula boasts 20 blocks lined with restaurants and shops for easy access to dining and entertainment, and the War Paint Horse Ranch resides within a mile of the lake for trail rides and horseback riding lessons. During the winter season, one of the most popular activities is duck hunting in Lake Eufaula’s marshlands. The temperatures don’t drop enough to cause the lakes to freeze for ice fishing, but Lake Eufaula State Park offers heated fishing docks to keep you warm when angling for winter trout.

4. Sulphur

lake shore in Sulphur
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The city of Sulphur is located in the county seat of Murray, Oklahoma, with Lake of the Arbuckles and the Chickasaw National Recreation Area just 5 miles to the west. If you’re hoping to do some fishing during your stay, Lake of the Arbuckles is one of Oklahoma’s best when it comes to reeling in catfish and rainbow trout. In Sulphur, you can find a wide selection of vacation cottages along Highway 7, and there are also cabins that sit along Arbuckle Lake just a few miles outside of town. The Chickasaw National Recreation Area offers year-round access for hiking, fishing, nature tours, and hunting, and during the summer months, “Little Niagra Falls” is open for swimming.

5. Disney

Grand Lake of the Cherokees
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While the town of Disney, Oklahoma only has a population of around 300 residents, it’s one of the state’s most popular vacation destinations for outdoor enthusiasts. One of the most unique aspects of Disney is its local herd of “island deer” that roam quietly through the town, nibbling on grass and stopping by resident homes. Disney sits along the shore of the Grand Lake of the Cherokees, so cabins in this area put you just a few minutes away from the water, where you can spend the summer days swimming, fishing, and boating. The lake waters are still suitable for fishing and some water sports during the winter months. However, Crappielego, the local tackle shop, shuts down between January and February, so it’s a good idea to stock up on fishing supplies early. The small downtown area houses two drive-in movie theaters and a gift shop for souvenirs, all of which are open year-round.

6. Davis

Turner Falls Park
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Davis, Oklahoma is home to Turner Falls Park, which houses Oklahoma’s largest waterfall, and the Arbuckle Mountains border the area on the east. During the summer, visitors enjoy staying in wood cabins within walking distance of the falls, and there are also options along Lake of the Arbuckles, located approximately 3 miles from Davis. Since winters are typically mild in Oklahoma, fishing tends to be a year-round recreational activity, and you can also launch your boat on the water as long as no ice is present. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, the Bedre Chocolate Factory in downtown Davis offers year-round tours, and nearby Cross Bar Ranch Park is open throughout the year for four-wheeling and ATV riding.

 
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