Cossatot Reefs Recreation Area & Campground
“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.