What to do in Cossatot River State Park

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

960 Highway 4 East
Wickes, AR 71973

Phone: 870-385-2201

Email: crsna@alltel.net
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