Gillham Lake

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Gillham Lake

Arkansas

(870) 583-4161

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Overview

The Corps of Engineers invites you to visit Gillham Lake, "The Bright Spot on the Cossatot," and wishes you an enjoyable stay at the project for a memorable outdoor recreation experience. Whether you enjoy boating, canoeing, fishing, swimming, picnicking, or hiking, Gillham Lake has an activity for you. Gillham Lake includes 1,370 surface acres of the best bass fishing around. Canoeing and fly-fishing on the Cossatot River are also very popular. Fishing provides many hours of enjoyment at Gillham Lake. The species most actively sought are smallmouth, largemouth, and spotted bass, crappie, channel and flathead catfish, and various species of sunfish. In addition, white bass and walleye have been introduced in an effort to provide an improved fishery.

Gillham has five recreation areas around the lake. There are five boat ramps, three campgrounds, one picnic shelter, and a designated swim area. Please remember whatever your recreational interest - play it safe at the lake.

Overnight accommodations, food, bait, tackle, and other needs are available from businesses near the lake. Project personnel are available and will be happy to assist in assuring you a pleasant stay.

Map of Gillham Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 34.187799, -94.288689

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Activities

  • Boating

    Gillham Lake includes 1,370 surface acres of the best bass fishing around. Canoeing and fly-fishing on the Cossatot River are also very popular sports. 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. There are five launch ramps

  • Camping

    Gillham has over 65 campsites available for all types of campers. Some are primitive campsites for "getting back to nature" while others are equipped with water and/or electricity. Seasons vary for each campground generally running from spring to fall, campsite reservations may be made by calling the individual park.

  • Fishing

    Fishing provides many hours of enjoyment at Gillham Lake. The species most actively sought are smallmouth, largemouth, and spotted bass, crappie, channel and flathead catfish, and various species of sunfish. In addition, white bass and walleye have been introduced in an effort to provide an improved fishery. Most of the species found in the lake are also present in the downstream areas.

  • Hiking

    Gillham Lake has the Coon Creek Walking Trail which is located on the entry road to Big Coon Creek Park. The trail is approximately 2 miles and makes it way through rolling hills and views of Gillham Lake. The best time to enjoy the Coon Creek Walking Trail is during the spring when dogwood and redbud trees bloom or in the fall when the autumn colors are at their peak.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking areas are available at many of the sites on Gillham. There are two designated picnicking areas and one picnicking shelter, which is great for family reunions. The picnic shelter is lighted and equipped with a barbeque grill and electricity. It is also very close to the lake. Picnic areas and shelters are located at Cossatot Point, Little Coon Creek, and Cossatot Reefs.

  • Water Sports

    Although Gillham Lake is known mostly for it's fishing there is one designated swimming area located at Big Coon Creek.

Directions

Driving

From DeQueen, 15 miles north on US 71, 5 miles east to lake.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(870) 583-4161

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