Southeastern Oklahoma

Welcome to Southeastern Oklahoma

Small-town lifestyle surrounded by stunning natural beauty and rich in culture and history


Bordering Texas and Arkansas, Southeastern Oklahoma is characterized by charming small towns, dense greenery, picturesque lakes, rolling hills, and scenic rural landscape. Views of the majestic Ouachita Mountains and the Kiamichi Mountains provide a dramatic background to the area’s stunning natural scenery. It’s rich in history and culture, with landmark sites and year-round events that highlight its Native American heritage.

As one of the larger cities in the region, Durant is home to high-end neighborhoods and newer developments close to urban amenities and institutions of higher learning. Dallas, Texas, is about 90 minutes away. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle, Lake Texoma offers luxurious waterfront homes and a serene lakeside lifestyle. And Poteau is a smaller city known for upscale homes, the surrounding scenic beauty, and its proximity to the mountains.

What to Love

  • A quaint and quiet small-town lifestyle
  • A wealth of outdoor and recreational activities
  • Picturesque lakes and mountains
  • Rich in history, culture, and educational institutions
  • A range of housing options

Local Lifestyle

With a strong sense of community spirit, Southeastern Oklahoma offers small-town living in a rural atmosphere. There’s a slower pace of life, and residents embrace the tranquility and peacefulness of the region. Surrounded by wildlife and nature, there’s a deep appreciation for the outdoors, and activities, such as hiking, fishing, and boating, are popular year-round.

Each county has a close-knit community where long-time neighbors become lifelong friends. People tend to have a warm and welcoming attitude, offering support and assistance to newcomers and each other. They engage in various events and festivals throughout the year, fostering a stronger sense of togetherness. 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

You’ll find numerous shopping plazas and a diverse choice of eateries in Downtown Durant. Right on Main Street, Roma serves homemade Italian dishes, including baked pasta, specialty pizzas, parmigiana sandwiches, and fresh seafood dishes. The family-owned restaurant has been a local favorite since it opened in 2005.

For American fare, Roadhouse Bar and Grill serves classic comfort foods, plus steak and seafood plates. Pair dinner with one of their handcrafted cocktails or a glass from their extensive wine list. Originally a bar on 9th Street when they first opened in 1997, it has moved and expanded into a premier eatery in the historic downtown area.

For Japanese fare, R Hibachi/Sushi Bar and Grill serves classic sushi rolls, hibachi dinners, and other Asian favorites. The Tokyo-trained sushi chef brings a fusion of classic and modern techniques to their inventive dishes, and the restaurant is highly rated for its delicious food and friendly service.

Overlooking Lake Taxoma, The Island is an open-air restaurant and venue right on Highport Marina. They offer an eclectic menu of Southwest cuisine, Tex-Mex favorites, burgers, sandwiches, and salads. Have one of their colorful and refreshing drinks while soaking in lake views, or come in for live music on the weekends.

Things to Do

Southeastern Oklahoma is home to several wineries and breweries. Enjoy a tour and tasting at local vineyards, including Knotted Rope Winery and Fish Tales Winery and Vineyards. You can also head to Beavers Bend Brewery for some local craft beers.

For outdoor enthusiasts, you can explore nature at Beavers Bend State Park and Nature Center or spend the day in the waters of Broken Bow Lake. Activities include hiking along scenic trails, kayaking down the river, and trout fishing.

For golf enthusiasts, Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club features a par-72 championship course that can accommodate players of all skill levels. It’s ranked as one of the top three courses in Oklahoma and can host private parties, corporate outings, or a professionally run tournament.


Southeastern Oklahoma is home to highly-rated institutions of higher learning, including:

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