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Arkansas whitewater, Cossatot River

Howard and Polk county, Highway 246 to Ed Banks Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II+     3.1 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Howard and Polk County and the cool fresh water have people coming here. The put-in location is a short drive from Texarkana, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The beautiful Ouachita Mountains scenery is an added bonus. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. A good workout and just being out on the river for a while have people coming from far and near. There
    arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system,
the Highway 246 to Ed Banks Road section is just one of many. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling rivers. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Arkansas you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so keep in mind that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. This section is quite short so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. This section  
of Cossatot River in Howard and Polk County is 3.1 miles long and is a class II+ section of whitewater according to American Whitewater.

Briefly about the general area:
Going to Cossatot River State Park in the vicinity of Cossatot River is a great thing to do, and you'll meet a lot of folks from Wickes here. Just can't get enough of the Ouachita Mountains. Summertime highs at Cossatot River usually tend to be in the 80's with night lows in the 60's. Daytime highs all through the winter are in the 40's; night lows during the winter for Cossatot River tend to be in the 20's.

Cossatot River, Highway 246 to Ed Banks Road road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Cossatot River.
 Whitewater Near Cossatot River:
Cossatot River, Howard and Polk County, 1 miles away
      Class II+ - 3.1 miles long (Highway 246 to Ed Banks Road)
Cossatot River, Howard and Polk County, 1 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.25 miles long (Ed Banks Road to Highway 278/4)
Camp/Flat Creek, Polk/ Howard County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 4.5 miles long (Polk County Road 33 to Cossatot River)
Cossatot River, Polk County, 4 miles away
      Class II+ - 3.4 miles long (County Road 31 to Highway 246)
Brushy Creek, Polk County, 4 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 6.2 miles long (Polk County 408 to Cossatot at Highway 246)
Baker Creek, Howard County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Ed Banks Road to Weyerhauser road)
Cossatot River, Howard/ Sevier County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 9 miles long (Gilliam Lake to County Road 70)
Moore Creek, Howard County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 6.5 miles long (Highway 246 to Highway 278/4)
Harris Creek, Howard County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 6 miles long (Highway 246 to Highway 278/4)
Robinson Creek, Polk/ Sevier County, 14 miles away
      Class II+ - 9 miles long (Weyerhauser rd)
 Hotels Near Cossatot River:
Ozark Inn, Mena , 12 miles away
Western Plaza Inn, De Queen , 19 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Broken Bow, Broken Bow , 40 miles away
Super 8 Idabel, Idabel , 46 miles away
Comfort Suites Idabel, Idabel , 46 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cossatot River:
Cossatot River State Park - Ed Banks Bridge, Wickes, 1 miles away
Cossatot River State Park - Sand Bar Bridge, Wickes, 2 miles away
Cossatot River State Park - Cossatot Falls, Wickes, 3 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cossatot River:
Cossatot River State Park, Arkansas , 2 miles away
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Arkansas , 21 miles away
Daisy State Park, Arkansas , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cossatot River:
Mena Golf Club, Mena , 12 miles away
Ouachita Country Club, Mena , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Cossatot River
Shady Lake, Polk , 15 miles away
Irons Fork Reservoir, Polk , 18 miles away

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