River or Buffalo River or Both Rivers On
are looking for a bargain vacation and
escape from the tension of everyday life,
this is it.
trip groups" camp completely separate from
other camp trip groups; ie, one trip is
NOT combined with another trip into the
same campground. They also have
example pricing directly below this
paragraph is for a two day spin fishing camp
trip on the White River. See
Rates Page for fly fishing rates.
For $820 per person (4
or more in party)
The undivided attention and
help of an experienced trout guide for two
full days; two days of some of the best fishing in
America. The guides camp with you in
time cook camps with you also. The cook
has all the camping gear loaded on a commissary
boat separate from your fishing
for camping - tents, cots, sleeping
bags, linens, campfire and a lot more is
All you need to bring is a bag with
clothes and a toothbrush.
full meals - lunch and supper the first
day - breakfast and lunch the second
day. These are not snacks; they
are full meals
comparable to any restaurant; only they
are cooked along the river or in camp.
full days of some of the best trout
fishing in America. Catching is
Sound like a
bargain? It is.
Where you camp on the White
Cotter Trout Dock owns
Smith Island; a 15 acre island in the middle
of the White River in Arkansas. Smith Island
is located about fourteen miles
downstream from our dock in Cotter,
Arkansas. The island is located at the
confluence of the White River and Buffalo
The island was completely flooded a few years
ago and ended up covered with many feet of
fine sand. Sand is NOT a good camping
surface even though it looks great. It
ends up in everything including sleeping bags
and even food. We have therefore been
camping at the gravel bar at the confluence of
the White River and Crooked Creek. This
is an absolutely perfect camp area.
tents and dining tarps and other camp
essentials are set up by the guides and
We can do camp trips any month of the
year. We have heaters or wood stoves for the
tents that will keep you warm on New Years
There is nothing else on the island except
deer and turkeys and other assorted
Your privacy and solitude are guaranteed!
The campsite is for your fishing group only.
Buffalo River Camp Trips
On Buffalo River camp
trips we camp on the riverbank gravel
bars. The cook boat or boats go ahead
just as on our White River trips
Our most requested Buffalo River trip is
from the Rush Landing access point to
the White River; about 24 miles of Bass
fishing. However, we can put-in as far
upriver as Erbie.
This scene is on a
Buffalo River gravel bar where this group is
spending the night after putting-in at
Carver. They are camping for two
nights on the Buffalo and we will take them
out at the Highway 65 access point. A
really good Buffalo
with river mileages is here. This is a
large PDF file and you may want to open it
in a new tab (takes awhile to load).
About our camp gear........
You need bring only
your fishing tackle (our we provide you one
for free) and personal effects, including a
coat for chilly nights.
is supplied: Tents, sleeping bags, cots,
linens, pillows, food, drinking water, gas,
lanterns, tables, nets, paddles, ice, ice
chests, cushions, swivel chairs, anchor,
cooking and dinner ware - even our version
of the kitchen sink.
keep all equipment in clean, tip-top shape.
Our tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping cots
are updated as needed. We actually
love buying new gear.
Our standard tents
are 14 foot by 16 foot white canvas "wall
tents" from Davis Tent Inc. in
Denver. We also have smaller 3 person
wall tents from Trek Tents. We have
been using these on most trips rather than
the 6 person wall tents. Guests sleep
on folding aluminum military cots in
sleeping bags lined with sheets. Pillows are
All trips are tailored to your individual
overnight fishing trips you'll be
accompanied by an advance commissary boat
operated by one of our excellent cooks. This
craft carries all provisions and gear, and
travels ahead to the camp site. Everything
is set up and meals ready
when you arrive.
One commissary boat
supplies up to 6 fishermen. For larger
groups we provide additional boats and
Overnight trips can be
any length you want. Depending on the length
of your trip and water conditions, you might
elect to float both the Buffalo National
River and the White River on the same trip,
stay on the the Buffalo or stay on the
find all commonly fished lures and baits in
the office prior to setting out - purchase
only the ones you use. Rods and reels are
available too. Any fish you wish to keep
will be cleaned and iced.
eat heartily at breakfast, noon and at the
end of the fishing day! Delicious camp
meals prepared by skilled outdoor chefs and
the invigorating air sharpens your appetite.
You'll sleep soundly
on comfortable cots, awaken refreshed, have
a great camp breakfast and discover a zest
for living with new found energy.
Most of our guests
come back every year, year after year,
with their family group, groups of friends
or corporate groups to enjoy our great
Arkansas fishing vacations.
Ron and Debbie Gamble
P.O. Box 96
Cotter, Arkansas 72626