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Arkansas whitewater, Cossatot River

Howard and Polk county, Ed Banks Road to Highway 278/4 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-IV     6.25 miles
  The put-in is not too far from Texarkana, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The scenic beauty of Howard and Polk County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. This section of Cossatot River is 6.25 miles long and it is classified as a class II-IV section by American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to
    be more forgiving than the national average, so don't forget that rivers in this state are less demanding. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are lots of good rivers for that
around here. The beauty of the Ouachita Mountains is a great plus for this river. There's camping available near Cossatot River. The Ed Banks Road to Highway 278/4 stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Getting some good exercise and just hanging out with mother nature  
are great attractions for lots of people. This stretch is mid length, good for a one day paddling trip.

Briefly about the general area:
You're sure to come across some wonderful people from Umpire here, and nearby Devils Hollow is a glorious place to go. And if that's not sufficient there's a lot more cool stuff to do in the Ouachita Mountains. Cossatot River State Park is a splendid place to visit on a beautiful day. Cossatot River is a wet spot that gets a great deal of rainfall. May is the month that gets the most rain; the driest month is January. During the summertime highs here at Cossatot River get into the 80's, and during the night it cools down to the 60's.

Cossatot River, Ed Banks Road to Highway 278/4 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, 3 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.25 miles long (Ed Banks Road to Highway 278/4)
Baker Creek, Howard County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Ed Banks Road to Weyerhauser road)
Cossatot River, Howard and Polk County, 4 miles away
      Class II+ - 3.1 miles long (Highway 246 to Ed Banks Road)
Cossatot River, Polk County, 4 miles away
      Class II+ - 3.4 miles long (County Road 31 to Highway 246)
Camp/Flat Creek, Polk/ Howard County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 4.5 miles long (Polk County Road 33 to Cossatot River)
Cossatot River, Howard/ Sevier County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 9 miles long (Gilliam Lake to County Road 70)
Brushy Creek, Polk County, 7 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 6.2 miles long (Polk County 408 to Cossatot at Highway 246)
Moore Creek, Howard County, 9 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)
Saline River, Sevier / Howard County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 5.6 miles long (Dierks Lake to Highway 70)
 Hotels Near Cossatot River:
Ozark Inn, Mena , 14 miles away
Western Plaza Inn, De Queen , 17 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 - Cossatot Falls, Wickes, 0 miles away
Cossatot River State Park - Sand Bar Bridge, Wickes, 1 miles away
Cossatot River State Park - Ed Banks Bridge, Wickes, 3 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cossatot River:
Cossatot River State Park, Arkansas , 3 miles away
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Arkansas , 24 miles away
Daisy State Park, Arkansas , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cossatot River:
Mena Golf Club, Mena , 15 miles away
Ouachita Country Club, Mena , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Cossatot River
Shady Lake, Polk , 13 miles away
Irons Fork Reservoir, Polk , 19 miles away

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