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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. In 2021, he co-authored the book "Explosion of Prosperity-A History of Broken Bow Lake, Beavers Bend State Park and Hochatown" with Oklahoma Hall of Fame member and famed author/attorney, Bob Burke. Isbell began his career in media and marketing at KGOU Radio, KTVY Television and Remington Park Racetrack in Oklahoma City. Isbell also worked at a network affiliate in Minneapolis, MN. He has consulted internationally on sales, marketing and media projects. Isbell was chosen as Oklahoma’s first field representative for Xerox Corporation's authorized agency program in the early 1990's. He 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 Isbell worked in management at Commercial Financial Services. 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, 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. 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 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 she has served as their President.

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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Mountain Vista Cabin. Broken Bow, OK

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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Broken Bow Cabin Rental Tips

  • Ask if you’ll hear highway noise at the cabin.
  • How close is the nearest cabin or business?
  • Is construction occurring nearby?

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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

 

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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|

What Activities Are There For Kids In Beavers Bend?

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We’re often asked about activities for kids in Beavers Bend and I don’t really understand why. A simple Google search of Beavers Bend State Park and Broken Bow Lake will tell you plenty.

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I tell people if they’re looking for an arcade to occupy their kids, save your money and stay in the city. We have a massive property that’s great for hiking and exploring. One of our guests favorite activities at Mountain Vista cabin is hanging out at the fire pit . We provide free firewood and s’mores kits!

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5 Great Activities For Kids & Parents In Beavers Bend

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Spend a few minutes researching our area and you’ll see there are scores of great activities for kids near Beavers Bend State Park. It’s beautiful here! See our cabin video tour at BeaversBendVacations.com. 

 

2021-06-28T12:33:23+00:00January 28th, 2020|Activities for kids in Beavers Bend|

Beavers Bend Tourism Booming

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Broken Bow, OK cabins are in high demand according to a report from Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO).

VRBO’s Travel Trend Report projects the Beavers Bend State Park/Broken Bow Lake tourism growth will increase 50% in 2020.

Short-Stay Vacation Destinations

More Americans are taking short-stay vacations of two or three days — likely an outgrowth of flexible time-off policies and prioritization of experiences with people over material goods. You don’t need to fly to your next destination — hop in the car for one of America’s favorite pastimes, the road trip, to the top five short-stay destinations. In fact, these places are all less than 300 miles away from the top origin markets that guests were traveling from.

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Broken Bow OK Cabins Have Two-Million Annual Tourists

 

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According to VRBO’s report, “71% of millennial travelers say they’d consider staying at a non-traditional vacation rental. While beach houses, cabins and condos still reign supreme, travel demand for unusual accommodations is on the rise. Joining barns, castles and treehouses, travel demand for properties on wheels and properties that float is up 30% year over year on Vrbo, including houseboats, yachts, RVs and Airstreams.” 

I’ve written extensively about the cabin boom in Beavers Bend State Park.

Beavers Bend realtor, Kelli Haus, indicates there’s strong interest in purchasing cabins in 2020.

“Things typically slow down a bit in January, but not this year. I have had almost as much interest in purchasing an investment cabin from families and investors as I experience in the summer.As a Realtor and luxury cabin investor, I am often asked what type of cabin is the “best income producing cabin?”

There isn’t one answer to that question. One bedroom cabins are booked more days per year at a lower nightly rate, but cabins that sleep large groups have higher rates, fewer nights per year booked, but make more net profit. If managed properly, a cabin investment can be paid off in eight to 10 years. After a showing cabins to my clients, I ask two questions; “If you were a guest coming to Broken Bow, which cabin would you be the most impressed with when walking in the door?” The most impressive cabins, large or small, have the capability of making the most profit. I also ask, “Which of the cabins we saw today would you like paid off in eight to 10 years?  Everything I showed you today can be.”

Beavers Bend Cabin Marketing

If you purchase a cabin in Beavers Bend, how will you market it? Simply listing it on a rental site won’t work. We can add your cabin to our website and Beavers Bend app.

We’ll promote you to thousands of followers on our social media sites. Professional video can also be added.

Mountain Vista luxury cabin in Broken Bow, OK has three king bedrooms, acres of seclusion and 50-mile views. Broken Bow is three hours from DFW and under four from OKC.

What are you waiting for? Visit Broken Bow, OK! It’s booming!

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2021-06-25T14:28:22+00:00January 15th, 2020|Beavers Bend tourism|

Best Way To Rent Beavers Bend Luxury Cabins

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There are many websites available for you to rent a Beavers Bend cabin. You can book from management companies, individual owners and sites like VRBO, Airbnb and Evolve.

Which is the best and most cost effective?

Many Beavers Bend cabin management companies are now advertising on VRBO. There were about 10 cabins on VRBO when we we began advertising there. Now it’s about 1,000.

It’s called vacation rental by owner…not vacation rental by management company. Management companies are flocking to the owners’ sites now.

The most cost effective way to rent a cabin in Broken Bow is from a website that doesn’t charge add-on fees. All third-party sites charge extra fees.

We never gouge guests with these charges at BeaversBendVacations.com.

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Top Beavers Bend Cabin Rental Tips

  • If booking on Evolve, you’re dealing with people in Colorado. They don’t have a clue about the lay of the land in Beavers Bend.
  • VRBO, Airbnb and others charge additional fees. It’s often better to rent directly from an owner’s website. 
  • Many cabin management companies charge additional fees and don’t provide free firewood. Some only supply “Starter Kits” for things like trash bags. Look for these tactics. 
  • Third-party websites can provide ease of mind if you’re not familiar with a cabin, owner or management company. Helpful if you rely on reviews.
  • Research the proximity of your cabin to another and if there’s lots of highway noise

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There are many great cabin owners and management companies in Beavers Bend. Research them thoroughly. Do they return phone calls promptly?

Mountain Vista cabin is nestled in the Kiamichi Mountains near Beavers Bend State Park and Broken Bow Lake. We feature three king bedrooms, acres of seclusion and stunning 50-mile views.

Mountain Vista has been named “A Place To Stay in Oklahoma” by TravelOK. It’s been featured in the book “Treasures of Oklahoma.”

Download our Beavers Bend app for VIP offers.

Two-million visitors enjoy our area annually. You should too. It’s beautiful here!

2020-01-13T21:39:17+00:00January 3rd, 2020|How To Rent A Cabin In Beavers Bend|

2020 Beavers Bend Cabin Deal

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We’re pleased to announce a fantastic 2020 Beavers Bend cabin deal!

Stay at Mountain Vista cabin in January and your third-night is half price.

The weather during January in Beavers Bend can be great or terrible. It’s a great time to look at the forecast and a last-minute getaway while enjoying this terrific Beavers Bend cabin deal.

2020 holidays and spring break dates will book quickly at the upper-end cabins in Broken Bow. Don’t wait too late to make plans. We’re very fortunate to have a loyal fan base at Mountain Vista. Each season is unique near Broken Bow Lake. We have scores of guests staying several times per year.

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Why is Mountain Vista Cabin Different?

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Mountain Vista has acres of seclusion and breathtaking 50 mile views. You deal directly with us, the owners, rather than a management company juggling dozens of cabins. Guests have immediate access to us and our staff.

We’re thankful for our great guests that enjoyed Mountain Vista in 2019. It was another record year for us. Sherri and I wish you many blessings in 2020.

2020-01-12T16:22:21+00:00December 30th, 2019|Beavers Bend Deals|