Father’s Day Weekend Adventure at Cossatot!


Editor’s note: The event featured in this article occurred in 2017, but you’ll find other great happenings on our Events page.

Looking for an adventure to do over Father’s Day weekend? Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area in Wickes is hosting a Weekend Adventure Tour June 17-18. The venture begins Saturday at noon at Cossatot River State Park Natural Area at the Visitor Center.

Participants are being asked to pack three bags: one day pack with personal equipment for a 2 mile hiking excursion to Ed Banks, one waterproof bag for a kayaking venture on the river and another to pack in camping and sleeping gear.

State park guides will transport the camping gear to the campsite. The park will also provide dinner on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday.  

As to details of the state park, it extends for 12 miles along the wild and scenic Cossatot River and offers some of the state’s most challenging whitewater. The park is also home to hiking options such as the 14-mile River Corridor Trail. The trailhead is located at the park’s Brushy Creek Recreational Area on Ark. 246, around eight miles east of Vandervoort.

Following is a tentative schedule that Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area Park Interpreter Shelley Flanary has sent about the weekend:


12 p.m.— Register and load gear into tent trailer.

1 p.m.— Start hiking to Ed Banks (2 miles)

4 p.m.— Arrive at campsite. Set up camp and personal time.

5 p.m.—-Dinner.

8:30 p.m.—-Campfire time/Go over Kayaking

10 p.m.— Quiet hours


7 a.m.—Wake-up

7:30 a.m.—Breakfast

9:30 a.m.—Pack up camp and departure

10 a.m.—Kayaking on river

1 or 2 p.m.—Arrive at Low Water Bridge below Visitor Center/Lunch

The cost for the weekend is $95. For further details, call 870-385-2201 or email [email protected].