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Arkansas whitewater, Cossatot River

Polk county, County Road 31 to Highway 246 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II+     3.4 miles
  The average Arkansas whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. This section of Cossatot River in Arkansas is 3.4 miles long and has been rated as a class II+ section by American Whitewater. If you're coming from Fort Smith it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you
    can see on the road map further down. A bit of exercise and spending some quality time in nature have a lot of people coming here. When you're paddling down a Ouachita Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery
along the way too. This is a pretty short section so no need to bring snacks. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too. The campgrounds here at Cossatot  
River are pretty good. The wonderful Polk County scenery and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far.

Briefly about the general area:
If you're visiting Cossatot River from Vandervoort, you won't be the only one. A magnificent place like Cossatot River State Park right next door to Cossatot River is too delightful to leave out, and Long Hollow is in close proximity, and is a fine place. This river is so wonderful. Gillham Springs is always fun to check out. Summertime brings highs in the 80's to Cossatot River while nighttime lows are commonly in the 60's.

Cossatot River, County Road 31 to Highway 246 road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Cossatot River.
 Whitewater Near Cossatot River:
Cossatot River, Polk County, 1 miles away
      Class II+ - 3.4 miles long (County Road 31 to Highway 246)
Cossatot River, Howard and Polk County, 1 miles away
      Class II+ - 3.1 miles long (Highway 246 to Ed Banks Road)
Brushy Creek, Polk County, 3 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 6.2 miles long (Polk County 408 to Cossatot at Highway 246)
Cossatot River, Howard and Polk County, 3 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.25 miles long (Ed Banks Road to Highway 278/4)
Baker Creek, Howard County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Ed Banks Road to Weyerhauser road)
Camp/Flat Creek, Polk/ Howard County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 4.5 miles long (Polk County Road 33 to Cossatot River)
Moore Creek, Howard County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 6.5 miles long (Highway 246 to Highway 278/4)
Harris Creek, Howard County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 6 miles long (Highway 246 to Highway 278/4)
Cossatot River, Howard/ Sevier County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 9 miles long (Gilliam Lake to County Road 70)
Saline River, Howard County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.5 miles long (Shady Lake to Highway 84)
 Hotels Near Cossatot River:
Ozark Inn, Mena , 11 miles away
Western Plaza Inn, De Queen , 21 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Broken Bow, Broken Bow , 42 miles away
Days Inn & Suites Poteau, Poteau , 47 miles away
Super 8 Idabel, Idabel , 48 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cossatot River:
Cossatot River State Park - Ed Banks Bridge, Wickes, 3 miles away
Cossatot River State Park - Sand Bar Bridge, Wickes, 4 miles away
Cossatot River State Park - Cossatot Falls, Wickes, 4 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cossatot River:
Cossatot River State Park, Arkansas , 1 miles away
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Arkansas , 20 miles away
Daisy State Park, Arkansas , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cossatot River:
Mena Golf Club, Mena , 11 miles away
Ouachita Country Club, Mena , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Cossatot River
Shady Lake, Polk , 13 miles away
Irons Fork Reservoir, Polk , 16 miles away

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