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Big Rainbow Trout -
Trout Fishing Trips..... It's All About Relaxation
A Cotter Trout
Dock guided trout fishing float trip means
you'll drift down the White
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 Bass.
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
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; the
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 claim.
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.
Always does. Ron,
Debbie and Dylan Gamble
Trout Dock - An Arkansas Trout Fishing
Guide Service Since 1954
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
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.
White River camp trips, Cotter Trout Dock
owns Smith Island our
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 Norfork.
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.
Where We Do
Our Guided Trout Fishing Trips For Rainbow
and Brown Trout On The White River In
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 August.
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
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.
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.
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, comfortable
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
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 3:30. Learn
More About Our Day Trips
We Are Happy To Help You Plan
Your Arkansas Trout Fishing Trip
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.
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.
Extended Camp and Trout Fishing Float
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
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
Southern Cooking - Shore Lunch And Camp
Trip Meals - Hush Puppies Included
Smell 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.
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 else. Learn
More About Our Meals
Who Goes On
Our Arkansas Trout Fishing Trips
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
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.
large enough to accommodate any size
group, but small enough to tailor our
trips to your individual requirements.
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 clean. See
Who Fish With Us
reading clear down to here!
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Come on over and
see why most of our customers 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!