The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed this impoundment along the Cossatot River, creating Gillham Lake for flood control purposes. Although fairly isolated, the lake sees plenty of water recreation enthusiasts, especially for boating and fishing. Gillham Lake is known for its great largemouth bass fishing as well as for swimming and skiing. This lake is one of what are known as South Arkansas's tri-lakes with Dierks and DeQueen (also known as De Queen) Lakes.
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Gillham offers five recreation areas with boat ramps, and one has a designated swim area. Canoers can enjoy a sixteen-mile ride from a point below the dam to U.S. Highway 71.
The closest state park to Dierks Lake is the Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, which is located 22 miles from Big Coon Creek Park on the west side of the lake. If your family wants to dig for diamonds while you fish, Crater of Diamonds State Park can offer that option. This state park is located 64 miles southwest from the lake. Queen Wilhelmina State Park is located 50 miles north of the lake, and this park offers a lodge as well as a campground.
Big Coon Creek Park, located on the lake, offers 31 camp sites with water and electric hookups. Visitors can find other lodging at De Queen, Nashville, and in Gillham.
Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.
Gillham Lake is located mostly in Howard County, but also extends into Polk County, Arkansas. Located just six miles from Gillham, the closest city with a major airport is Texarkana at 64 miles from Gillham. Sevier County does maintain a public airport that offers limited service. Other towns in the area include De Queen, Nashville, and Dierks.
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