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COSSATOT REEFS, AR

part ofGillham Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Photo: COSSATOT REEFS
Status: Open through Wed Nov 26 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Cossatot Reefs 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, crappie, channel and flathead catfish and various species of sunfish in the river. Fly fishing is also a popular pastime.

A short nature trail within the campground weaves through a quaint wooded section. In spring, the trail is painted with colorful redbud and dogwood blossoms.

Facilities:

Cossatot Reefs offers 31 shady campsites, including a large group shelter. Hot showers, drinking water and flush toilets help create a comfortable camping experience.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Water Skiing
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

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.20674, -94.23132
34°12'24"N, 94°13'53"W

From De Queen, Arkansas, head north on US-59/US-71. Continue for nearly 10 miles and turn left onto 5th Street. Take the first right and follow signs into the campground. From De Queen, Arkansas, head north on US-59/US-71. Continue for nearly 10 miles and turn Right at Gillham EZ-Mart. Turn right on Tower Road and follow signs into the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

COSSATOT REEFS
244 Reefs Park Road
GILLHAM AR 71841

Phone Number:

Information: (870)584-4161
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