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Arkansas State Parks

Cossatot River State Park - Natural Area


Located south of Mena Arkansas, in Howard and Polk Counties, Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area stretches 12 miles along the wild and scenic Cossatot River. Know as the best whitewater float stream in mid-America, Cossatot River forms Cossatot Falls, the rugged and rocky canyon, which thrills and challenges even the most experienced kayakers and canoeists. This rainfall dependent river offers Class IV and Class V rapids when the water is high, drops to Class II-III whitewater normal levels are reached during dryer times.

Offering swimming, fishing and the opportunity to float pool to pool through riffles and small rapids during normal levels, Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area reaches it's peak whitewater season during the wetter times of late-fall, winter and spring as the river becomes floatable.
In addition to it's water related activities, Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area also offers a 15,000 square-foot visitor center and the opportunities for hiking and camping.


To reach Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area from the north, travel along AR 246 between Vandervoort and Athens. The southern route is via US 278 between Wickes and Umpire.

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