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2 01, 2022

Beavers Bend Cabin Chef Bailey McCullough Delighting Tourists

2022-01-07T19:51:21+00:00January 2nd, 2022|Beavers Bend Cabin Chefs|


Tourists love being pampered and hiring a personal chef is one of the hottest trends in Beavers Bend. Chef Bailey McCullough, the right-hand man for Food Network Champion Chef Tabb Singleton, is a big hit in Broken Bow. He’ll titillate your tastebuds and teach you how to become a better cuisine expert.

Chef McCullough is a native of Southeastern Oklahoma and honed his skills at restaurants in New Orleans. He works with the legendary Tabb Singleton at Phatt Tabb’s BBQ in Idabel, OK and his cabin catering business is flourishing.

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A scrumptious lobster tom yum course for my friends Scott and Kandyce Mitchell at Mountain Vista Cabin led Scott to text me, “He’s a genius!” Chef McCullough can create a plethora of menu items while staying at a luxury cabin in Broken Bow.

“The beautiful setting and Bailey’s artisan cuisine made the pics,” Kandyce said.

Chef McCullough enjoys engaging with tourists when cooking at cabins.

“I feel it’s one of the most important parts of the experience. The interaction, all the questions…it really makes a fun experience for the guest and me. I send guests a brief description of what I’ll be cooking and I love the shock and awe on their faces when it’s presented to them!”

Chefs McCullough and Singleton Featured on Trey’s Chow Down

Contact Chef Bailey McCullough at 337-244-1084 for a world-class meal in Beavers Bend.

14 09, 2021

Beavers Bend Breakfast Tip

2022-01-02T14:24:54+00:00September 14th, 2021|Beavers Bend Breakfast|


Jerry Isbell at Pamela Kay's diner along with owner, Pam Jackson.

Get the breakfast burrito at Pamela Kay’s when visiting Broken Bow Lake. Pam has a variety of great wraps, salads, sandwiches, homemade cookies and cinnamon rolls. It’s located on Highway 259 North across from the Stevens Gap Exit.

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Beavers Bend Coffee

If you want a wonderful cup of Joe, cappuccino, americano, macchiato or frappes,  Pamela Kay’s has wonderful food and coffee.

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Pam has been a great friend and tremendous Beavers Bend entrepreneur for years. You can dine outside if the weather is nice. Grab it and go if you’re headed for a fishing trip or hiking the trails. If you’re new to the area, ask Pam for Broken Bow Lake tips. She’s an expert!

Beavers Bend To Go Menu


Mountain Vista Cabin

7 08, 2021

New Beavers Bend-Broken Bow Lake Book Unveiled At Hochatime

2021-08-07T22:08:27+00:00August 7th, 2021|Beavers Bend State Park/Broken Bow Lake Book|

Jerry Isbell, co-author of "Explosion of Prosperity, A History of Broken Bow Lake, Beavers Bend State Park and Hochatown." Pictured with Hochatime co-owner, Kim Kennedy.

“Explosion of Prosperity, A History of Broken Bow Lake, Beavers Bend State Park and Hochatown” is available at Hochatime with free shipping.

Thanks to Jessica Alkirwi, Kim Kennedy and the wonderful staff at Hochatime for the warm welcome. I’ve had a blast signing lots of books and talking to many tourists recently. It’s been a pleasure seeing scores of cabin owners and people like me that grew up near Broken Bow Lake.

My co-author, Bob Burke and I had a wonderful time writing the book. We take you on a journey that has a few laughs, great photography and in-depth analysis of the tourism boom.

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“Explosion of Prosperity…” Displayed at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame

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Jerry Isbell and Teddy Lehman

My friend Teddy Lehman, Oklahoma Sooners legend and former NFL linebacker


Jerry Isbell and Hal Smith

Iconic restaurant creator, Hal Smith


Jerry Isbell and Chris Plank

My pal Chris Plank. National sports radio host and Voice of Oklahoma Sooners Softball.

Mountain Vista cabin is located in Broken Bow, OK near Beavers Bend State Park. Minutes from Broken Bow Lake, it features acres of seclusion and 50-mile views of the Kiamichi Mountains.

18 05, 2021

Book Your Summer Beavers Bend Cabin Stay

2021-05-18T19:51:37+00:00May 18th, 2021|Beavers Bend Cabins With Views, New Author|


Jerry & Sherri Isbell, Owners, Mountain Vista Cabin Broken Bow, OK

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Mountain Vista Cabin

We’ve had a busy spring at Mountain Vista. My blog has taken a backseat because of a huge project with attorney and Oklahoma Hall of Fame member, Bob Burke. Our book, Explosion of Prosperity, A History of Broken Bow Lake, Beavers Bend State Park and Hochatown” is available for pre-ordering and will be released in June 2021. 

New Beavers Bend Book

Picture of Jerry Isbell and Bob Burke's Book Cover: "Explosion of Prosperity, A History of Broken Bow Lake, Beavers Bend State Park and Hochatown. Phone number ordering information.

What Mountain Vista Guests Are Saying

“Neat, very clean, hot tub was perfect…all appliances were in top shape, beds and mattresses were very comfortable. My friends said they want those for their homes now!”
“This was a great family getaway. It felt so good to unplug from the world and enjoy nature. The hiking was breathtaking and fishing was relaxing. We had some much needed quality family time.”
“We had a wonderful & safe vacation during the pandemic at the luxurious cabin. The cabin has a lot of privacy, but civilization isn’t too far – so you get the best of both worlds. Jerry & Sherri’s recommendations were great and their hospitality is admirable. Can’t wait to visit again.”
“This is a great cabin and a superb location on a hill with beautiful views. The decks are massive. The area outside is just the best – very secluded and perfect. Beds are all huge. Everything you could want in a weekend rural getaway in the wilderness. Definitely go hiking up the road at Beavers Bend State Park. Highly recommend.”
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Congratulations to Skip & Shel Copeland at Rolling Fork Takery. They’ve won several national awards through the years and recently added another to the list. The best sandwich in Oklahoma according to Yelp! Visit them on Memorial Weekend in Broken Bow.
Take our video tour and see the 50-mile views. Mountain Vista Cabin is just a short jaunt to Broken Bow Lake and Beavers Bend State Park.
15 12, 2020

OKC’s News9 Features Mountain Vista Cabin In Holiday Series

2021-02-22T14:49:24+00:00December 15th, 2020|News9 Holiday Adventures|

David Payne Trout Fishing Broken Bow, Oklahoma

David Payne Trout Fishing Broken Bow, Oklahoma

News 9 Chief Meteorologist David Payne toured Beavers Bend State Park. He featured Mountain Vista Cabin, landed a huge trout and enjoyed Broken Bow Lake.

David, along with anchor Dana Hertneky and crew, spent time aboard the famous Tiki Boat and enjoyed lunch at Rolling Fork Takery.

I’ve been away from the blog for a while writing the upcoming Beavers Bend book with Oklahoma Hall of Fame member, Bob Burke. It’s scheduled to be released in 2021 and will highlight the history and recent tourism boom in our area.

2020 has been a weird year to say the least. It’s been the busiest in history at Mountain Vista. We’ve had hundreds on the waiting list during the summer and holidays.

Beavers Bend has many visitors discovering it for the first time. Broken Bow’s popularity is at an all-time high. Make sure to reserve your 2021 dates soon.

Thanks to News9 for making the trip to Beavers Bend!

22 08, 2020

Deer Feeder Added to Mountain Vista Cabin Property

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

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!

20 07, 2020

Beavers Bend Cabin Openings

2021-04-29T13:51:29+00:00July 20th, 2020|Beavers Bend Fall Foliage Season Cabins|

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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

Beavers Bend Fire Pit

Mountain Vista Cabin Deck View


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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3 07, 2020

Food Network Champion Chef Opens Beavers Bend Restaurant

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

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.

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.”


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!

27 06, 2020

New Beavers Bend Book In The Works

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

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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16 06, 2020

Corps of Engineers Beavers Bend Water Release Statement

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

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 ( 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:
And you anyone can check the status of our projects here:

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