Ouachita National Forest

Cossatot River

Species Present: Smallmouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Shadow Bass, Sunfish, and Flathead and Channel Catfish
Seasons: All year
Access: Access at several road crossings
Camping: No developed sites within the Forest on the river but Shady Lake Recreational Area is fairly close and the State Park has a day use area at Highway 246
Comments: This is a gorgous smallmouth bass stream in western Arkansas. The river's headwaters are within the Forest. The upper section is wadeable but not very floatable due to its small size, steep gradient and low flows. The section below the Forest Boundary is within the Cossatot River Natural Area and State Park and it is quite wadeable and floatable though sections have class III to V rapids. Fishing is best left to wading in those stretches!
District: Mena Ranger District.