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Kayaker in the Cossatot River
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Kayaker in the Cossatot River
Description - The Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area extends 11 miles along this wild and scenic river. The Brushy Creek Recreation Area, located at the Highway 246 bridge, offers day-use facilities including picnic sites, a nature trail, rest rooms and river access.er.

Attractions - The Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area's
5,233 acres emphasize outdoor recreation, river preservation and environmental education. There are six tent sites near the river.

Recreation - Cossatot River forms a rugged and rocky canyon that challenges the most experienced canoeists and kayakers (Class IV rapids). Floatable river levels are usually limited to late fall, winter and spring. For river level information from the Highway 246 access, call (501) 387-3141. Due to limited flow levels dependent upon rainfall, no floater services are provided on the Cossatot River.

Climate - Arkansas has a temperate climate with the coldest temperatures near freezing during December, January and February. Daytime highs for these months usually reach 55 degrees F. Spring and fall temperatures are very mild with lows dipping to 44 degrees F and highs reaching 70 degrees F. July and August are the hottest months of the year with average temperatures reaching 90 degrees F. June and September average temperatures usually reach into the mid-eighties. Spring and winter months are the wettest of the year.

Location - Cossatot River State Park is located near the border of Oklahoma and Arkansas in the Ouachita Mountains Region of western Arkansas. The park is found south of Mena off of Arkansas Hwy. 246 between Vandervoort and Athens. Weyerhaeuser Company roads provide access to the river.

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Filed By: amanda owens (carthage, texas)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: go through wickes on 71, 59. take county road 13. you will go about 5 miles. you will see a sign that says river access. veer to left. stay on that main road. you will see "the falls". It is a nice secluded camp site with access to the river right there. Nice little swimming holes in the mist of all the rocks. If you love the outdoors in any way--this is a good place to getaway. there are hiking trails or you could climb the rocks all the way down the river. there is a cliff that people jump off of. the water is extra clean. you can see through it. great for fishing, camping, swimming, hiking. Small country stores a little ways down the road. Only problem is I got into a mess of red bugs and they itch like crazy. but I loved every minute of being there.

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Contact Information:
Cossatot River State Park, 960 Highway 4 East , Wickes, AR, 71973, Phone: 870-385-2201
, crsna@alltel.net

Additional Information:
Arkansas State Parks - Arkansas's beautiful natural resources and history can be found in over 50 state parks and museums throughout the state.
Ouachita Mountains Region - Mountainous terrain and numerous streams and lakes offer plenty of activities in the Ouachita Mountains Region.

Arkansas State Parks - Official Arkansas State Parks website.


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