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About Cossatot Reefs

Cossatot Reefs Campground sits along the lush banks of Gillham Lake in southwest Arkansas.

Nicknamed the "Bright Spot on the Cossatot," Gillham Lake is a recreational oasis for outdoor enthusiasts.


Visitors enjoy the lake for its vast boating opportunities, and a boat ramp is provided for easy water access. The river can be canoed from a point below the dam to U.S. Highway 71 South, a distance of about 16 miles. For shorter canoe trips, there are access roads to the river at Mize Crossing and Ladd Bridge.

Anglers will find smallmouth, largemouth, and spotted bass, crappie, channel and flathead catfish and various species of sunfish in the river. Fly fishing is also a popular pastime.

A short nature trail within the campground weaves through a quaint wooded section. In spring, the trail is painted with colorful redbud and dogwood blossoms.


Cossatot Reefs offers 31 shady campsites, including a large group shelter. Hot showers, drinking water and flush toilets help create a comfortable camping experience.

Natural Features

Gillham Lake spans 1,370 surface acres and boasts 36 miles of shoreline. The lake stems from the Cossatot River, designated as a National Wild and Scenic River.

ADA Access: N

$16.00 - $35.00
US Army Corps of Engineers
Drive In
Walk In
Electric Hookups
No Phone Service
Picnic Table
Trash Available
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RVs and Trailers
Sanitary Dump
Water Hookups
30 amp Hookups
50 amp Hookups
Max Length: 78 ft.
Cossatot Reefs is located in Arkansas
34.2067 N
-94.2313 W
Get Directions
From De Queen, Arkansas, head north on US-59/US-71. Continue for nearly 10 miles and turn Right at Gillham EZ-Mart. Turn right on Tower Road; go 1.3 miles turn left onto Gillham Lake road; go 4.3 miles turn right and follow signs into the campground.
3 Reviews of Cossatot Reefs
It was okay

Bathrooms are single use, meaning only one person at a time and were dirty. Make sure you bring a Y-connector to share with the person next to you. There was only 1 water station to share between campsites. The river was pretty, but you're so overwhelmed with bugs, it's hard to enjoy. 2 of my family members got ticks while staying there. On the plus side, it's easy to ride your bike there since everything is paved with black asphalt. Also, it was really easy to level our popup. I think if we'd been fishers, we would have enjoyed it more. The playground is closed currently due to C19, so there wasn't much to do. Almost no cell service with T-Mobile for any interested parties.

Beautiful place to enjoy the outdoors!

This area is located below the spillway. Basketball goals, horseshoe pits, and a playground are available.

First to Review

Near Gillham Lake but on the river below the spillway.