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Poteau is a city of approximately 8,000, located in east central Oklahoma.Poteau is the French word for post. The town is located on the banks of the Poteau River, nestled in the fertile Poteau River Valley, almost completely surrounded by mountains. Looking eastward across the Poteau River, one can see the peak of Sugar Loaf Mountain in the distance. To the south is the Winding Stair Mountain Range, the foothills of the Kiamichis where the Talimena Scenic Byway is located. Runestones found in Poteau and Heavener have been cited as evidence of European travel in the Poteau River Valley prior to the historically recognized exploration of the area. A stone is currently located on Poteau Mountain. There is much speculation as to the origin and meaning of the ancient stones runic carvings, some even say that the stone is evidence of Viking people traveling to this area. There is such interest in the stone and surrounding area that a state park has been erected around this mysterious rock. Other attractions in Poteau include the Kerr Museum, which has artifacts spanning the entire known history of the Poteau River Valley, including Indian artifacts from various tribes, artifacts from the Spiro Mound complex, and articles used by Oklahoma and western pioneers in the building of the Indian Territory of the Great West.

Poteau Vacation Rentals

Poteau Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Days Inn & Suites Poteau1702 N BroadwayPoteau, OK (918) 647-3510
Kerr Mansion & Conference Center23009 Kerr Mansion RdPoteau, OK (918) 647-8221
Oliver's Motel2011 N BroadwayPoteau, OK (918) 647-4615
Green Country InnHwy 59 NHeavener, OK10.6 mi.(918) 653-7801
Guesthouse Inn3600 Grinnell AveFort Smith, AR22.8 mi.(479) 646-5100
Ramada Inn5103 Towson AveFort Smith, AR23.7 mi.(479) 646-2931
Quality Inn2301 Towson AveFort Smith, AR25.3 mi.(800) 228-5151
Days Inn-roland207 Cherokee BlvdRoland, OK26.0 mi.(918) 427-1000
Holiday Motel815 Towson AveFort Smith, AR26.2 mi.(479) 783-3168
Days Inn1021 Garrison AveFort Smith, AR26.7 mi.(Inv) ali-dInp
Holiday Inn - City Center700 Rogers AveFort Smith, AR26.7 mi.(479) 783-1000
Michael's Mansion2900 Rogers AveFort Smith, AR26.7 mi.(479) 494-3700
Wellesley Inn & Suites / Ft Smith2219 South Waldron RdFt Smith, AR26.7 mi.(479) 452-4880
Aspen Hotel And Suites2900 S 68thFort Smith, AR26.8 mi.(479) 452-9000
Best Inn & Suites5711 Rogers AveFort Smith, AR26.8 mi.(479) 452-4110
Best Western Kings Row Inn5801 Rogers AveFort Smith, AR26.8 mi.(800) 531-5464
Howard Johnson Inn101 N 11TH StFort Smith, AR26.8 mi.(479) 494-7700
Baymont Inn & Suites2123 Burnham RdFort Smith, AR26.9 mi.(479) 484-5770
Comfort Inn Fort Smith2120 Burnham RdFort Smith, AR26.9 mi.(479) 484-0227
Motel 66001 Rogers AveFort Smith, AR26.9 mi.(479) 484-0576
Residence Inn By Marriott Fort Smith3005 S 74thFort Smith, AR27.0 mi.(479) 478-8300
Best Western Roland Inn900 S Paw PawRoland, OK27.2 mi.(800) 528-1234
Travel LodgeRt 1 Box 828Roland, OK27.2 mi.(918) 427-6600

Poteau Weather & Climate

Eastern Oklahoma has a temperate four-season climate with occasional extremes in temperature and rainfall. Eastern Oklahoma is situated near the heart of Tornado Alley. Lightening is common in the spring months, with the possibility of severe thunderstorms containing large hail, damaging winds or tornadoes. There is also the potential for flooding in eastern Oklahoma. Average rainfall in this area is 48 inches. Summers are usually accompanied by high humidity. Autumn is short, but often the most pleasant time of the year, consisting of sunny days and cool nights. Winter temperatures are generally mild, with annual snowfall averages around five inches.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 50°F 28°F 2.11 in. -
February 56°F 33°F 2.69 in. -
March 65°F 42°F 4.01 in. -
April 74°F 50°F 4.18 in. -
May 80°F 58°F 5.45 in. -
June 88°F 66°F 3.92 in. -
July 93°F 70°F 3.37 in. -
August 93°F 69°F 2.75 in. -
September 85°F 62°F 4.82 in. -
October 75°F 50°F 4.33 in. -
November 62°F 40°F 5.21 in. -
December 53°F 32°F 3.56 in. -

Poteau Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Fort Smith Regional airport (FSM) located about 25 miles northeast of Poteau in Fort Smith, Arkansas, the Mena Intermountain Municipal airport (M39) located approximately 42 miles southeast of Poteau in Mena, Arkansas, Davis Field (MKO) located roughly 59 miles northwest of Poteau in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and finally Drake Field (FYV) located around 71 miles northeast of Poteau in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Poteau Attractions

Golf Courses
Wolf Mountain Golf ClubWisterOK7.3 mi.
Quail Run Golf CourseMuldrowOK25.0 mi.
Ben Geren Regional Park Golf CourseFort SmithAR27.3 mi.
LinksFort SmithAR27.3 mi.
State Parks
Wister State ParkOK10.2 mi. 
Runestone State ParkOK10.3 mi. 
Wister Lake State ParkOK11.8 mi. 
Talimena State ParkOK25.3 mi. 
Queen Wilhelmina State ParkAR29.4 mi. 
Robbers Cave State ParkOK40.0 mi. 
Zoos and Aquariums
Tulsa Zoo and Living MuseumTulsaOK108.4 mi.

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