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Cossatot Reefs Recreation Area & Campground

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“The Bright Spot on the Cossatot,” Gillham Lake, is located on the Cossatot River, one of the most challenging white-water streams in Arkansas. The lake lies in Howard and Polk Counties about 16 miles north of the town of De Queen and 6 miles northeast of Gillham. Gillham Lake offers a variety of recreational activities: fishing, hunting, boating, canoeing, skiing, sightseeing, camping and picnicking. The species of fish most actively sought are smallmouth, largemouth, and spotted bass, crappie, channel and flathead catfish and various species of sunfish. Fifteen miles below the dam on the Cossatot River is a good area for floating. Maps are available. The Cossatot is Arkansas’s wildest stream and should be attempted by only the most experienced canoeists and kayakers.


Cossatot Reefs Recreation Area & Campground
244 Reefs Park Road
Gillham, AR 71841

GPS: N34.20674 W94.23132


Campground Details

  • Campsites:
    28 RV/Tent with W/E; 2 Tent with hookups
  • Facilities:
    Restrooms, water, showers, boat ramp, swim area, covered picnic shelter, playground, trail, reservable pavilion. (Open year-round). User's fee charged.
  • Attractions:
    Wooded, secluded area on Gillham Lake