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BIG COON CREEK, AR

part ofGillham Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Photo: BIG COON CREEK
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Big Coon Creek Campground sits along the lush banks of Gillham Lake in southwest Arkansas.

Nicknamed the "Bright Spot on the Cossatot," Gillham Lake is a recreational oasis for outdoor enthusiasts.

Natural Features:

Gillham Lake spans 1,370 surface acres and boasts 36 miles of shoreline. The lake stems from the Cossatot River, designated as a National Wild and Scenic River.

Recreation:

Visitors enjoy the lake for its vast boating opportunities, and a boat ramp is provided for easy water access. The river can be canoed from a point below the dam to U.S. Highway 71 South, a distance of about 16 miles. For shorter canoe trips, there are access roads to the river at Mize Crossing and Ladd Bridge.

Anglers will find smallmouth, largemouth, and spotted bass, saugeye, crappie, channel and flathead catfish and various species of sunfish in the river. Fly fishing is also a popular pastime.

Hunting is allowed north of Little Coon Creek Park and on the eastern shore of the lake. Check with the Arkansas Game and Fish for Season Dates and Regulations.

Facilities:

Coon Creek provides 31 sites, each with water and 50-amp electric hookups. Additional amenities include hot showers, a boat ramp, swimming beach, dump station and a playground.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Swimming
Know Before You Go
  • Campsites are first come, first served outside the reservation season
  • Beware of sudden changes in water level below dam; if warning horn sounds twice, water will rise, if it sounds once, water will lower
  • Please wear a life jacket when participating in water recreation
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.17333, -94.32
34°10'24"N, 94°19'12"W

From De Queen, Arkansas, head north on US-59/US-71. Continue for nearly 10 miles and turn left on 5th Street. Follow signs into the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

BIG COON CREEK
POLK ROAD 474
GILLHAM  AR  71841

Phone Number:

Information:  (870)584-4161
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