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Arkansas whitewater, Cossatot River

Howard Sevier county, Gilliam Lake to County Road 70 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     9 miles
  The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often easier than in other states, so better not forget that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. The nature scenery of Howard/ Sevier County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream make the trip here worthwhile. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. This is a pretty decent length section, it's
    good length for a morning trip. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. The Gilliam Lake to County Road 70 stretch of Cossatot River in Arkansas is 9 miles long and has been determined by American
Whitewater to be a class I-II section. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. If you're coming from Texarkana it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of places for that. Not too many  
hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The wild scenery of the Ouachita Mountains is great.

Briefly about the general area:
The fine folks of Gillham like to hang out close by, and Cossatot River State Park is both tremendous and scenic. Now, you may think that's lots but there's even more amusing things to do here in the Ouachita Mountains. Cossatot River commonly gets a good deal of precipitation. The wettest month of the year is frequently May, that's the one that rains the most, and January is when it's the driest.

Cossatot River, Gilliam Lake to County Road 70 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Cossatot River.
 Whitewater Near Cossatot River:
Cossatot River, Howard/ Sevier County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 9 miles long (Gilliam Lake to County Road 70)
Saline River, Sevier / Howard County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 5.6 miles long (Dierks Lake to Highway 70)
Cossatot River, Howard and Polk County, 11 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.25 miles long (Ed Banks Road to Highway 278/4)
Baker Creek, Howard County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Ed Banks Road to Weyerhauser road)
Cossatot River, Howard and Polk County, 13 miles away
      Class II+ - 3.1 miles long (Highway 246 to Ed Banks Road)
Camp/Flat Creek, Polk/ Howard County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 4.5 miles long (Polk County Road 33 to Cossatot River)
Cossatot River, Polk County, 13 miles away
      Class II+ - 3.4 miles long (County Road 31 to Highway 246)
Robinson Creek, Polk/ Sevier County, 13 miles away
      Class II+ - 9 miles long (Weyerhauser rd)
Moore Creek, Howard County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 6.5 miles long (Highway 246 to Highway 278/4)
Harris Creek, Howard County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 6 miles long (Highway 246 to Highway 278/4)
 Hotels Near Cossatot River:
Ozark Inn, Mena , 23 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Broken Bow, Broken Bow , 37 miles away
Rodeway Inn Broken Bow, Broken Bow , 37 miles away
Howard Johnson Texarkana, Texarkana , 41 miles away
Knights Inn Texarkana, Texarkana , 41 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cossatot River:
Big Coon Creek - Gillham Lake, -blank-, 4 miles away
Little Coon Creek, Gillham, 5 miles away
Cossatot Reefs - Gillham Lake, -blank-, 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cossatot River:
Cossatot River State Park, Arkansas , 12 miles away
Millwood State Park, Arkansas , 31 miles away
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Arkansas , 32 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cossatot River:
Little River Country Club, Winthrop , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Cossatot River
Shady Lake, Polk , 17 miles away

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