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About Jerry Isbell

Jerry Isbell, a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, has a diverse background in corporate, entrepreneurial and international sales, marketing, philanthropy and media ventures. He began his career in media and marketing at KGOU Radio, KTVY Television and Remington Park Racetrack in Oklahoma City. Isbell also worked in marketing at a network affiliate in Minneapolis, MN. and has consulted internationally on sales, marketing and media projects. He was chosen as Oklahoma’s first field representative for Xerox Corporation's authorized agency program in the early 1990's. Isbell later enjoyed success at Curtis 1000, an international print communications company, and was named “Great Plains Sales Representative of the Year” in 1994 and 1995. In the late 1990's he worked in management at Commercial Financial Services for famed billionaire Bill Bartmann. He led a department of over 50 employees and was responsible for millions of dollars in monthly revenue. Isbell returned to Xerox in 1999 and won numerous Par Club awards while simultaneously completing the Xerox Management Program and earning certifications in Lean Six Sigma. He directed new business development territories that produced multi-million dollar annual sales in public, corporate and graphic arts sectors. He is a consultant for the Xerox Agent organization covering Oklahoma. He has traveled the United States and Europe on projects involving marketing, sales, media, social media and philanthropy including a project to begin an English speaking television channel in Paris, France. Isbell founded BeaversBendVacations.com, a popular luxury resort in the mountains of southeastern Oklahoma. This creation was featured in the Sooner State’s centennial celebration book, “Treasures of Oklahoma”, and his “Mountain Vista” Luxury Cabin marketing and videos have been featured in numerous markets across the United States. He is on the global board of directors of the Limbs for Life Foundation (limbsforlife.org) and has traveled internationally to promote their expansion and branding. Isbell is an avid bicyclist, weightlifter and has been involved in American Kennel Club dog shows with his nationally ranked Brussels Griffon and boxers for many years. He resides in Norman, OK with his wife Sherri, a senior administrator at the University of Oklahoma. Sherri was named the International Publishing and Management Association’s National Contributor of the Year in 2013 and President-Elect in 2017.

Deer Feeder Added to Mountain Vista Cabin Property

Deer feeder at Mountain Vista Cabin

The views, seclusion and wildlife are fantastic at Mountain Vista  Deer sightings occur frequently on our property. Now, you’ll know where to look for them!

We installed a new feeder recently and guests have reported sights of Bambi stopping by for a meal.

Beavers Bend Fall Foliage Season

October and November are spectacular months in Beavers Bend. We have lots of local attractions and offer VIP deals on the Beavers Bend app.

Beavers Bend Fire Pit

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Light a fire, crank up the grill and enjoy nature at Mountain Vista Cabin. See our video tour.

Bambi is waiting!

2020-08-22T20:36:30+00:00August 22nd, 2020|Beavers Bend fall foliage|

Beavers Bend Cabin Openings

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Are you searching for a Beavers Bend cabin opening? Good luck, we’re packed!

A quick search of about 3,000 cabins near Broken Bow Lake indicates that nothing is available for quite some time. Many parts of Oklahoma are experiencing the economic distress of Covid-19. We’re enjoying a banner-year in Beavers Bend.

We have no availability at Mountain Vista Cabin until August 16th. Only three weekends are open until October. Fall foliage season is quickly approaching and we have massive crowds in Beavers Bend State Park during October and November.

Beavers Bend Fall Foliage Season Tips

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Mountain Vista cabin in Broken Bow, OK is minutes from Beavers Bend State Park and Broken Bow Lake. It’s not simply a rental cabin, it’s our vacation home. In addition to stunning 50-mile views, Mountain Vista has three-king bedrooms and boasts acres of seclusion.

Firewood and s’mores kits are always complimentary at Mountain Vista. We have a fully-equipped kitchen with everything you’ll need to make a fantastic meal.

We invite you to experience Mountain Vista soon!

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2020-07-20T14:38:33+00:00July 20th, 2020|Beavers Bend Fall Foliage Season Cabins|

Food Network Champion Chef Opens Beavers Bend Restaurant

Beavers Bend Food Network Champion Chef Tabb Singleton Update 7-3-20:

Chef Tabb Singleton returned to New Orleans for a few years, but is back in McCurtain County. His new concept is Phat Tabb’s BBQ in Idabel.

Idabel is a convenient pit stop for DFW visitors traveling to and from Beavers Bend State Park. Enjoy world-class BBQ on your next trip to Beavers Bend!Chef Tabb Singleton's Phat Tabb's BBQ

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The Moon Tower Bar and Grill, led by executive Chef Tabb Singleton, has opened to rave reviews near Beavers Bend State Park and Broken Bow Lake.

Tabb Singleton Beavers Bend chefSingleton, a native of Southeastern Oklahoma and former executive chef in New Orleans, won the Food Network’s “Chopped” in 2012 and was also crowned champion of  “Deep Fried Masters.”

The fame of winning these nationally televised shows skyrocketed his career.

“The process of getting on “Chopped” took about four-months. They (Food Network) had recruiters in the area checking restaurants out…a group came in to eat and I was running the restaurant for Emeril Lagasse, (world famous chef)) that night. They were sitting close to the kitchen. I had to tear into one of the line cooks verbally because he wasn’t doing what he was supposed to be doing, and they got a kick out of it,” Singleton said.

It had been Tabb’s long-time goal to appear on the Food Network. His dream would soon become a reality. Everything was about to change. That line cook’s blunder became a metamorphosis leading to millions realizing Tabb’s tremendous talent in the kitchen.

Chef Tabb Singleton was now a rock-star…the rest is history.

Suddenly, a guy from the tiny town of Idabel, OK was a celebrity and shooting a TV show in New York City. Everywhere he went, he was recognized.

Tabb says the fame of winning both shows led to a hectic life. It catapulted him into the limelight throughout the Crescent City and United States.

“We had a lot of people coming in to take a picture with me at the restaurant in New Orleans. I did a lot of autographs. When you win a national television show, you have everybody coming out of the woodwork,” he said.

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I toured Tabb’s beautiful new restaurant recently before his lunch-hour rush. The Moon Tower Bar and Grill has been open for a few months and it’s the talk of the town among locals and tourists. Tabb has dreams of opening restaurants in larger markets, but wants to keep a firm hold on the culinary scene near Broken Bow Lake.

“I love this area, it’s my home…this is the first place I want to get something started,”

Tabb’s tremendous success and fame in New Orleans made it difficult to leave, but he felt it was time to venture off and open his own restaurant. The lure of returning home to the lush forests of McCurtain County became a powerful force. A force he couldn’t resist.

He couldn’t turn down the opportunity to be the biggest fish in a huge tourist pond. Tabb now caters to two-million people visiting luxury cabins in Beavers Bend State Park annually. He’s the biggest game in a town that hosts millions of visitors every year.  No one in the area can legitimately say they’re able to compete with him, or compare resumes. He’s the king.

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The Moon Tower Bar and Grill features indoor and outdoor dining and has a beautiful amphitheater for live music.

Moon Tower Bar and GrillSingleton calls his menu “an open floor plan” and it’s constantly changing. “We do old classics and new stuff.” He was trained under famous chefs in the Bayou and boasted…”I throw in some Cajun!”

Fresh seafood is delivered several times weekly from his gulf coast connections and Chef Tabb is proud of the new flavors he’s creating in Beavers Bend. It ranges from upscale bar food to gourmet delicacies. The Ouachita Mountain region now features world-class dining.

Singleton attributes his success as a chef to “trial and error and the school of hard knocks.”

Here’s his advice for us that enjoy tinkering on the grill and smoker…

“I push people to experiment more than anything. If there’s a rub you see, try it. If  you don’t think you have enough salt, add more salt. Don’t be afraid to experiment.”

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Chef Tabb Singleton’s latest venture has been a huge hit with our guests at Mountain Vista Cabin. The Moon Tower Bar & Grill should be your first stop for cuisine when visiting Beavers Bend State Park. It’s located off Highway 259N, a couple of miles north of the Steven’s Gap Exit.

 There’s no doubt Chef Tabb Singleton will reign as king for many years around Broken Bow Lake. Welcome home Chef!

2020-07-03T17:35:31+00:00July 3rd, 2020|dfw travel, food|

New Beavers Bend Book In The Works

Jerry Isbell and Bob Burke, Beavers Bend Book Authors

I’m writing a book with my lifelong friend and Oklahoma Hall of Fame Member, Bob Burke. We’re working on a catchy title, but it’ll focus on the history of Beavers Bend, Hochatown and the booming Beavers Bend economy.

It’s quite an honor to work on this project with Bob. Like me, he’s a native of Broken Bow, OK. Bob, a stellar attorney in OKC, has written more non-fiction books than anyone in history.

Summer Rush Since Spring

We’ve been in a mid-summer rush since March in Beavers Bend. People from DFW aren’t flying much, but still want to breathe the fresh Broken Bow Lake air. Mountain Vista Cabin has no openings until August. We have more people than ever on a waiting list this summer.

I’ll keep you updated on our book release date in 2021. Follow us on Twitter & Instagram @BeaversBend!

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2020-06-27T17:57:12+00:00June 27th, 2020|Beavers Bend Book|

Corps of Engineers Beavers Bend Water Release Statement

I contacted the Corps of Engineers about their generating policies on Mountain Fork River. I wanted to know why they generate on weekends. Generating impacts tourists and float businesses in Beavers Bend.  Their timely response is below.

Check the links below before planning a float trip on Mountain Fork River.

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Thank you for reaching out to us.

In most cases, the water manager provides a minimum and maximum release a week in advance, and SWPA plans their releases 2-3 days in advance based on power demands. SWPA may change releases on the day-of, if power demand shifts or if another project needs to be shut down and cannot produce hydropower. Also, we may alter releases day-of if there is downstream flooding.

Typically power demand on weekends is low, which is why there aren’t releases as often during weekends. When releases are done during weekends, particularly on holiday weekends, it is usually because Broken Bow is flooded. This can be checked on our website (http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/lowerred.basinpie.fp.html). If the project is in the flood pool, particularly if it’s over 5% and rain is expected the following week, we have to make releases for public safety.

One thing that confuses people is that we aren’t allowed to make “pre-releases,” meaning I can’t drop Broken Bow ahead of time because there is rain in the forecast. If I were to release ahead of time and then the rain fell slightly downstream I could contribute to flooding there. Another confusing thing is that sometimes we will have releases shut down while it’s raining and the pool is in flood stage. Typically that’s because projects downstream are flooding and we don’t want to contribute to further damage/danger there so we wait to release until downstream is done flooding.

Another reason we might make weekend releases is if there is a Swift Water Rescue Training or other special ops (like last weekend). These aren’t typically done on holiday weekends, but we do work with the firefighters’ schedule. Public safety, including preventing drowning, typically takes priority over canoeing or other recreational activity requiring low flow.

SWPA shows the current day’s planned releases here: https://www.swpa.gov/generationschedules.aspx
And you anyone can check the status of our projects here: http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/lowerred.html

SWPA’s hydro schedule for weekends come out Friday and that they are tentative and subject to change due to power demands or changing flood risk conditions.

We understand that businesses and livelihoods are affected by releases, so please know that SWPA and the water manager do try to plan around busy days, but also keep in mind that Broken Bow was created for 1) flood control, 2) hydropower 3) water supply, as well as recreation and wildlife, so those first 3 purposes must be balanced, and may at any given point take priority.

Please feel free to reach back out to us if you have any further questions.

Stacey Reese
Public Affairs Specialist
Tulsa District

2020-06-16T19:25:35+00:00June 16th, 2020|Mountain Fork River Floating|

Enjoy This Office View In Beavers Bend

We spent a few days with the chainsaw making Mountain Vista cabin’s property even better!

How’s this for an office view?

Beavers Bend Is Booming

Mountain Vista has no weekends available in June. We’re booked 20 out of the first 22 days in June.

Our loyal fan base has been booking in droves since the Covid-19 crisis emerged a few months ago. Many Mountain Vista cabin guests stay four to five times annually at our cabin.

 

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Broken Bow Cabin Rental Tip

Many cabins are being built close together in Beavers Bend. Do your homework before booking a cabin near Broken Bow Lake. Checkout my tips about choosing a cabin in Broken Bow.

We don’t horse around at Mountain Vista. Reserve your summer cabin at BeaversBendVacations.com!

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2020-05-27T16:00:27+00:00May 27th, 2020|Beavers Bend Cabin Real Estate|

Beavers Bend Cranking During Covid Crisis

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Our good friends at Rolling Fork Takery opened curb service this weekend and were busy. Social media posts showed many tourists enjoying the area while social distancing.

Beavers Bend is getting back to normal…

Book Your Summer Dates At Mountain Vista

We had a tremendous April at Mountain Vista Cabin. DFW is our top market and less people are flying the airlines. Tourists are continuing to take three-hour getaways.

The great news for us is they’re flocking to the Broken Bow Lake area.

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Great Fishing On Broken Bow Lake

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Broken Bow bass guide, Bryce Archey, tells me fishing is fantastic on the lake. Water temperature is in the low 70’s and he has a few opening in May.

Book your summer stay at Mountain Vista. These guests loved it!

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KWTV’s David Payne Returns To Mountain Vista

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2020-05-04T14:49:44+00:00May 4th, 2020|Beavers Bend Covid|

May 2020 Beavers Bend Update

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Stunning sunsets at Mountain Vista Cabin

Scores of people are escaping the concrete jungle and visiting Beavers Bend. Our staff at Mountain Vista cabin is doing a fantastic job deep cleaning and sanitizing between guests.

Weekends In High Demand

Only two weekends remain available in May and summer dates will be filling soon. Our guests have enjoyed experiencing “Cabin Fever” at Mountain Vista during the recent Covid-19 situation.

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Do your homework before reserving a luxury cabin in Broken Bow. Many additions have lots of construction. You don’t want to hear loud sawing noises while on vacation. No need to worry about this at Mountain Vista!

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2020-04-27T18:38:46+00:00April 27th, 2020|Beavers Bend Cabin Rental Tips|

Beavers Bend Cabins COVD-19 Update

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Beavers Bend State Park/Broken Bow, OK Corona Virus Update

Currently, there is one Covid-19 case reported in McCurtain County. Several restaurants, retail stores and wineries have closed. Others are offering curb service.

Beavers Bend Camping Update

Beavers Bend State Park and Broken Bow Lake are open. Tent camping is prohibited.

RV campsites are available. Many are next to Mountain Fork River.

The pandemic has initiated many cabin inquires from DFW/OKC residents wanting to experience fresh air and seclusion in the  Kiamichi Mountains.

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Our cleaning crew is taking all necessary precautions sanitizing Mountain Vista. Everything from door knobs to furniture and floors are receiving extra attention at our Broken Bow luxury cabin.

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See our luxury cabin video tour at BeaversBendVacations.com

2020-04-04T14:25:23+00:00April 4th, 2020|Beavers Bend Covid Update|

Beavers Bend State Park-A Great Shreveport/Bossier City Spring Break Destination

 

Broken Bow Cabin Rental Tips

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Shreveport/Bossier City Spring Break Destination

Shreveport/Bossier City Spring Break is approaching and luxury cabins in Broken Bow, OK should be on your getaway list!

There are thousands of vacation cabins near Beavers Bend State Park. Mountain Vista cabin is a oasis for ArkLaTex residents.

One of our favorite long-time visitors to Mountain Vista is KSLA anchor, Doug Warner. Doug has been a friend for years and loves relaxing in McCurtain County.

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Doug Warner, KSLA anchor and family enjoying Mountain Vista Cabin in Beavers Bend

Unlike many cabins being built close together in our booming region, we have a large property that allows you to jaunt through the forest in solitude.

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Mountain Vista cabin has a 50-mile deck view and three king bedrooms. Guests enjoy free firewood, s’mores kits and a soothing hot tub overlooking our beautiful property.

There are scores of restaurants in the area. Our top dining choice near Broken Bow Lake is Rolling Fork Takery.

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Here are a few additional spring break tips when visiting Beavers Bend.

Shreveport and Bossier City residents should make their spring break cabin reservations soon. Cabins in Broken Bow fill quickly. March is one of the most popular months.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel for information about visiting Broken Bow, OK.

Shreveport/Bossier City is under three-hours from Broken Bow Lake.

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Sherri and I invite you to visit our vacation home, Mountain Vista cabin.

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2020-02-26T20:29:31+00:00February 26th, 2020|Bossier City Spring Break, Shreveport Spring Break Destination|