Arkansas and Oklahoma canoe and kayak adventure on the rivers in the Ouachita Mountains
Cossatot River

Your Ouachita Mountain River Adventure Begins Here!

Arkansas and Oklahoma canoe and kayak adventure on the rivers in the Ouachita Mountains


The Cossatot is one of Arkansas' most scenic rivers as and is probably the most challenging whitewater float in Arkansas.. Early Indians called it Cossatot, which means "skull crusher."

The Cossatot River begins in the Ouachita Mountains southeast of Mena, Arkansas.  It flows in a southerly direction for about 26 miles to Gillham Lake.

The Cossatot River has class I through class V  rapids, thus much of the river's whitewater is not recommended for the beginner paddlers.

Put-in Take-out Points 

  • State Highways 4
  • State Highway 246
  • Forest Service Road 31
  • Weyerhaeuser road #52000 to Ed Banks Bridge or to #52600 which goes to the Sandbar low-water bridge above Cossatot Falls.


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