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201 S. Broadway Poteau, OK 74953
Telephone: (918) 647-9178 (Office)
Welcome to Poteau -
If you’re headed here, you’re headed in the right direction!
Poteau, Oklahoma is a city of almost 8,300 people. You’ll find several very good restaurants including Warehouse Willy’s and La Huerta, and Poteau is home to more than 300 motel rooms.
Poteau, a French word for “post”, is located on the banks of the river bearing its name. It became a town in 1898, is situated in eastern Oklahoma and is almost completely surrounded by mountains. You can see Sugar Loaf Mountain to the east, Winding Stair Mountain to the south, Cavanal Hill to the west and the foothills of the Kiamichi’s where Talimena Scenic Byway is located. Various races of men have known the region throughout the centuries. Mound Builders, between 500 and 1300 A.D., built their temples and burial places in what is now the Spiro area, just north of Poteau. Mayan Indians pressing up from Mexico and Central and South American, clashed with the Mound Builders hundreds of years ago.
Poteau was a city loved by the late Robert S. Kerr. He was Oklahoma’s first native-born governor from 1943-1947 and a U.S. Senator from 1948 until his death is 1963. Kerr was responsible for development of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, which provided the direct shipment of Oklahoma goods by water to any point in the world. Visitors are welcome to tour his 11,000 square foot home, which was built in 1960 and constructed of materials that are native to the area such as stone, oak, pine and cedar. The home is now known as the Kerr Country Mansion and Conference Center. It’s a secluded bed and breakfast inn and meeting facility for business or pleasure travelers. A museum at the home contains displays tracing the development of eastern Oklahoma from prehistory through the Spiro Mounds Builders era; the reputed visit of Viking explorers, native Choctaw Indian inhabitants, pioneers and World War II memorabilia.
Set against a scenic backdrop of dogwood, northern spruce and ponderosa pines, Wister State Park is 7 miles west of Poteau. The park offers some of the finest fishing and hunting in Oklahoma, with more than 33,000 park acres and a 2,000-acre waterfowl refuge. There are cabins to rent, five camping areas, family activity center, playgrounds, picnic tables, rowboats, year-round miniature golf, hiking trails, bicycle rentals and a small grocery/gift shop.
Wister State Park is built around Lake Wister, which has more than 7,000 acres and 155 miles of shoreline. Boating and skiing are popular activities here, and a swimming beach and pool give visitors more choices for water recreation.
The Best Western Traders Inn rests at the base of Canaval, the world’s highest hill. You will find beautiful scenery, very comfortable accommodations, deluxe complimentary continental breakfast and a professional staff to help you. Located at the intersection of US 59 and Hwy 112 (just off the Cavanal bypass), across the street from Wal-Mart Supercenter and two restaurants are next door. About 20 minutes from the hotel is a beautiful scenic drive beginning with the Mountain Gateway. We have 75 well-maintained and tastefully decorated guest rooms, including Business Plus Suites with Whirlpool tubs. We offer a guest laundry and a public computer for your convenience. We also have high speed internet in all our room and in all public areas. Cable TV with HBO, microfridges, coffee pots, hairdryers, iron & ironing boards in all our rooms; and a seasonal outdoor pool.
Make the Best Western Traders Inn your home away from home.
TOLL FREE: 888-264-5838
Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure we know you have a choice of hotels and we are honored when you choose the Days Inn & Suites.
Here in Poteau our professional and friendly staff is committed to ensure your stay
is both enjoyable and comfortable.
WE DO NOT ALLOW PETS.
Our Inn also offers interior room entrances with an elevator, gift shop, fitness center, outdoor pool and hot tub, Massage Therapist, & meeting facilities. Truck and Tour Bus Parking.
To find us from I-40 take US Highway 59/271 South to Poteau.
Call 918-647-3510 or 1-800-DAYSINN for reservations.
Set in the shadow of Cavanal Hill amidst the great plains of Oklahoma, the Holiday Inn Express® Poteau hotel’s location is ideal for travelers of all kinds. Boasting business opportunities, entertainment and lots of character, Poteau provides something for each of the hotel’s guests.
Poteau, Oklahoma offers professional patrons convenience. Companies, including AES, Kiamichi, Kenco Plastics and Southern Star are located in or near Poteau. The hotel’s location also caters to government travelers and academics, with both Fort Smith and Carl Albert State College close by. The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is in the area, as well, within minutes of the hotel’s property.
Poteau, Oklahoma is home to many great attractions. Guests are encouraged to take the Talimena Scenic Drive and discover the breathtaking vistas afforded by Cavanal Hill. The Ouachita National Forest is also located nearby and offers another avenue for exploring the area’s natural beauty. Here guests can enjoy camping, swimming, hunting, hiking and more.
The Holiday Inn Express® Poteau hotel’s amenities make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. A free hot breakfast is provided daily. Laundry facilities are available on-site, 24 hours a day. A Fitness Center, indoor pool and outdoor hot tub offer recreation, and a 24-hour Business Center has the resources you need to be productive. Come “Stay Smart” in beautiful Poteau.
Are you ready to get away from it all? Relax in a cabin or duplex, stay at our RV Park, do some fishing and sit around a campfire. At Long Lake Resort, we offer lodging in cabins and duplexes, RV camping and private fishing trips. A banquet room and a pavilion are also available.