DISCOVER DURANT, the City of Magnolias, the Gateway to Lake Texoma, the home of Southeastern Oklahoma State University and the Great Choctaw Nation. Durant’s high quality and affordable family-valued lifestyle is located a convenient 90 miles north of Dallas on Highway 75 and 150 miles southeast and south from both Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Visit Durant and experience our hospitality and strong sense of community while enjoying our recreation and entertainment.
Recreational opportunities are abundant on beautiful Lake Texoma, offering a wide variety of water sports. Only 15 minutes from Durant, the lake has 89,000 acres of water to enjoy. With the numerous activities, Lake Texoma can make anyone’s vacation the ultimate experience.
Don’t forget to include historic Fort Washita in your agenda as well. Fort Washita is located 15 miles northwest of Durant at 3348 State Road 199. Find out more about the interesting history of Fort Washita by calling 580-924-6502 or visit www.okhistory.org.
The Magnolia Festival is one of the largest events in South Central Oklahoma and takes place the week following Memorial Day. This four-night, three-day festival is packed with family fun including a carnival, live entertainment, unique shopping booths, food vendors, fireworks, parade, Durant Rodeo and much, much more. For more information on the annual Magnolia Festival, visit www.magnoliafestival.com.
Durant is fortunate to have the headquarters of the Choctaw Nation located in our city with Chief Gary Batton and Assistant Chief Jack Austin, Jr. providing leadership for the Choctaw Nation. Many of their business enterprises operate throughout Bryan County, and among the most popular is the Choctaw Hotel Casino and Resort. New construction is ongoing at the Resort, which now features a new 14-story hotel and spa tower, Grand Theatre for quality entertainment, and The District with attractions like a movie theater, laser zone, bowling alley, food court and more. As usual, the casino provides 24/7 entertainment complete with a variety of restaurants, Oasis Pool and luxurious lodging. Visit www.choctawcasinos.com for upcoming events.
The City of Durant is also the regional service area for a five-county area. Our city continues to prosper and grow as we have celebrated the opening of several new facilities. Durant is proud to be home to Southeastern Oklahoma State University (SE) Savage Storm, a four-year regional college. SE enhances our rural setting by providing quality musical productions including the renowned Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival each summer and includes an award-winning Aviation Program.
While in our area be sure to pay a visit to our beautiful and charming downtown. With broad-based community support, the Durant Main Street program has enhanced the original business district through working with business owners, property owners, partners and volunteers. The quality of the downtown businesses is at an extremely high level and the program has received the designation of a National Register District for the Downtown as well as Preserve American community status. For additional information on Durant Main Street, visit www.durantmainstreet.org or call 580-924-1550.
Activities are abundant and there’s always something happening downtown. Another asset to our downtown is the Three Valley Museum, located at Fourth Avenue and Main Street. Three Valley Museum received its name from the three rivers – Red, Blue and Washita – flowing through our area. The museum features many time-period articles and unique exhibits. To arrange a group tour or for hours of operation, contact the Museum at 580-924-1907.
Whether you are venturing on a visit or establishing a permanent residence, we invite you to come and enjoy our hospitality and quality of life. For additional information on Durant, contact the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce at www.durantchamber.org, on Facebook and Twitter, our office located at 215 N. 4th Avenue or give us a call at 580-924-0848 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday.
Discover Durant – we’re a great place to be!