Trout Dock - Cotter, Arkansas Trout Fishing
Trips - Guided Trout Fishing Float Trips,
Arkansas Fishing and Camping Trips, White
River Guided Trout Fishing
It's All About Relaxation
A Cotter Trout Dock guided
trout fishing float trip means you'll drift down
River, North Fork River or the Buffalo
River in north-central Arkansas at a comfortable
pace to fish as you watch scenery and wildlife.
On the White River and North Fork River, we fish
mainly for Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout.
On the Buffalo River, it is mainly Smallmouth
We think you will find a guided Arkansas trout
fishing trip is one of the best bargains
Some people; new to trout fishing, believe that
"trout fishing" means that you have to fish with
fly fishing gear. Most of the "locals"
here and most of our guests do not use fly
fishing gear; they use spinning or spincasting
rods/reels. No experience required!
Fly fishing is a wonderful sport and we take out
many fly-fishers, but it is not the only way to
fish for trout. Fly fishing is becoming
more and more popular over the years; around
here as elsewhere.
Your guide can do everything for you, including
casting, or he can just get you there and let
you catch the trout. Or anything in
between these two extremes. Just depends
on your experience, etc. Either way,
stories and laughs will be provided.
And if you choose, you may also enjoy a great
White River, Arkansas trout fishing tradition;
In addition to our regular " day
trips" we do "camp"
trips. Our "camp" trips are more
accurately "fish and then camp"
trips. Our trout fishing and camping float
trip is a truly therapeutic adventure. When the
trout fishing day is over you'll camp on our
private 15 acre wooded island. You'll enjoy a tasty steak dinner
cooked over oak coals, then relax with your
friends around the campfire until retiring to
your tent to sleep on a comfortable cot. In the
morning you'll watch our cooks prepare your
breakfast over the campfire as you sip hot
Over the last 54 years we've heard thousands of
happy customers claim that our White River
Arkansas Ozarks float trips are unforgettable
fun and relaxation.Those who have never fished
in their lives come away amazed at the fun they
had, and how much they relaxed in such a short
time. And the seasoned fishers make the same
A Personal Note......
There are a lot of things we love
about this Arkansas trout fishing business;
our guests, our guides and just the
rivers. But the best thing is to see
the difference in brand new guests from the
time they arrive to the time they get back
to the dock at the end of the day.
You can sometimes see some tension and worry
on their faces when they walk in our door for
the first time. When they get back to
the dock after fishing, it's all gone.
That truly is the best part of our day, and
Debbie and I just look at each other and smile
'cause we knew it was going to happen.
Ron, Debbie and Dylan Gamble
About Cotter Trout Dock - An
Arkansas Trout Fishing Guide Service Since
For over 50
Years Cotter Trout Dock has been conducting
exceptional guided trout fishing float trips
and camping float trips on Arkansas' White
River and North Fork River and smal lmouth
bass fishing trips on the Buffalo National
River in Northern Arkansas.
We are a
Buffalo National Scenic River (National Park
Service) approved fishing and camping
outfitter. On Buffalo River trips, we camp on
riverbank gravel bars at the rivers edge.
For White River
camp trips, Cotter Trout Dock owns Smith
private 15 acre island at the confluence
of the White River and Buffalo River. Our
favorite trip is 24 miles down the Buffalo
River through two Wilderness Areas; camping
one night on the Buffalo River and the second
night on our island on the White River, then
fish 12 more miles on the White River to
Cotter Trout Dock guided trout
fishing trips are great for family vacations,
customer appreciation and employee reward groups
or just one boat full of friends. Fully Licensed
and Insured. Established 1954.
Where We Do Our Guided Trout
Fishing Trips For Rainbow and Brown Trout On
The White River In Arkansas
cold, crystal clear White River flows from
Bull Shoals Dam 18 miles above Cotter,
Arkansas, our starting base. For the next 60
miles its chilled waters are perfect for
rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout, as well
as providing natural air conditioning that
keeps you comfortable even during July and
The Arkansas White River
receives regular trout stocking, plus it has
good populations of native trout. The
White River in Arkansas is the producer of
several trout World Records.
The scenery is primarily
Arkansas Ozark forests and bluffs with some open
fields. There are homes along the river banks in
some areas, but for the most part the scenery is
primitive. You'll see several types of animals,
birds (including blue herons and eagles), and
wildflowers along the way.
and North Fork Rivers Map Buffalo
River Map Interactive
Buffalo River Map
Fishing Float Trips - 30 to 40
Rainbow Trout Caught Per Person On One Of Our
Guided Fishing Trips Is Very Usual
trout like this one are not uncommon in the
White River; we see our guests catch many
every year. You'll also catch rainbows,
cutthroats, and brook trout. Rainbows
are much more abundant than browns and most of
our guests fish mainly for rainbows.
Our Arkansas trout fishing
float trips range in length from a half day
trip to camping trips of several days covering
about fifteen miles per day. All trips are
fully outfitted with all you need for a safe,
Our guided fishing trips are
conducted by professional, well-trained guides
with many years experience. Lots of stories!
And they are great cooks over a charcoal fire.
We are famous for our excellent shore lunches
and camp meals.
We are happy to "put-you-in"
at any point on the rivers and "take-you-out"
at any point on any river.
Our normal trip leaves the
Cotter Trout Dock dock at 7:00 AM and you fish
10-12 miles to near or below Crooked Creek. We
then work our way back to our dock arriving at
More About Our Day Trips
Are Happy To Help You Plan Your Arkansas Trout
Dock is open all year around. We've been in
the same location since 1954; just after trout
were introduced into the Arkansas White River.
We are fully licensed and insured. We are very
safety conscious and are inspected by the
National Park Service on a regular basis. We
do not have any hidden charges.
When you book
your fishing trip with Cotter Trout Dock,
we'll make your room reservations at the
accommodation of your choice. We'll be happy
to make reservations at restaurants or
attractions for your group. For corporate
groups we can pay for rooms, meals etc., and
your company can write one check to us.
We'll be happy to pick you up
at either the Marion County Airport in Flippin
or the Baxter County Airport in Mountain Home
and provide transportation between the dock and
your motel accommodations at no extra charge. We
gladly provide rods and reels at no charge.
Overnight and Extended Camp and Trout Fishing
Cotter Trout Dock owns a 15
acre island in the middle of the Arkansas
White River directly in front of the mouth of
the Buffalo River. Your privacy and solitude
is guaranteed! We maintain multiple grassy,
shaded camp sites on our island so that we do
not need to combine groups. Your campsite is
for your group alone. This private campground
is for our overnight float trip guests only.
Overnight trips are from 2 to 6
days. Depending on the length of your trip and
water conditions, you might elect to float both
the Buffalo National River and the White River;
or float the North Fork and White Rivers. All
trips are tailored to your individual
Our Camping Trips
Arkansas Southern Cooking -
Shore Lunch And Camp Trip Meals - Hush Puppies
The Coffee .. . And The Bacon . . . And The
Steaks. Campfire bacon frying over oak
coals is one of many tasty dishes our skilled
cooks prepare on camping float trips.
At Cotter Trout Dock in
Cotter, Arkansas, we are famous for our shore
lunches and camp cooking. Field & Stream
and other outdoor magazines have written
several articles about us, and they all raved
about our meals. But the article we are most
proud of is one that appeared in Gourmet
Magazine. They had many good things to say
about our meal and our guides. We bet you will
too! We use top quality ingredients like
corn-fed beef, hand-picked tomatoes, and cooks
who know what to do with them.
You may change the menu to
accommodate the tastes and diets of your group -
low fat, Kosher, etc. You'll need to bring your
own alcohol, but we can special order anything
More About Our Meals
Who Goes On Our Arkansas Trout
beginners to advanced fishers, people of all
ages, have enjoyed Cotter Trout Dock float trips
for over 50 years.
Our guests ages range from 3 years old to ninety
years old. We can tailor our trips to meet your
needs. Guided float fishing is all we do and we
are highly devoted to creating the best trip
Float fishing and camping in the Arkansas Ozarks
is an experience unlike that found anywhere else
in the Western Hemisphere. It is a luxury
outdoor living and fishing experience that never
fails to satisfy our guests. This quality level
has taken us years of hard work to achieve and
we put it to work for you.
We're large enough to accommodate any size
group, but small enough to tailor our trips to
your individual requirements.
We float fish all the trout waters of the White
and North Fork Rivers generally covering 10-12
miles of river per day. All our trips are float
trips - we never just go out a mile or two from
the dock and stay there. We travel to
where our guides know the fish are. This gets
you away from the public access to where the
fishing is better and the scenery is beautiful.
We fish from traditional
White River Arkansas John boats. All
boats are fully outfitted with comfortable,
padded swivel seats, life jackets, and throw
cushions. Our guides either own or are
assigned their own motors and equipment.
Motors and equipment are well maintained and
Who Fish With Us
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are family vacations or groups that come to
Cotter Trout Dock at Cotter, Arkansas every
year, year after year, to enjoy some of the best
trout fishing in America. Arkansas trout fishing
- it's the best!
Hush Puppy recipes are here.
Arkansas Game And Fish
that are easy to
print. Fishing, hunting guides and many
more. Great info.
Get your license online or get it when you get
Weekly Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Fishing
Reports. Sign up to get in your
email if you want.
We normally look at these
three NOAA pages ...
Quick loading little map with
from Cotter to major cities.
Also, see our Directions
Capital USA website. Fine site with
lots of info about Cotter.
Arkansas Chamber Of Commerce
Arkansas Convention and Visitors Bureau.
State Of Arkansas Information
The place for tourism information covering the
whole state is Arkansas.com
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