Trout Dock - Cotter, Arkansas Trout
Fishing Trips - Guided Trout Fishing Float
Trips, Arkansas Fishing and Camping Trips,
White River Guided Trout Fishing
Trout Fishing Trips.....
It's All About
Relaxation and Fun
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.
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
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
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 coffee.
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
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
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
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.
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 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, comfortable excursion.
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 Fishing Trip
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
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 Float Trips
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
Our Camping Trips
Arkansas Southern Cooking -
Shore Lunch And Camp Trip Meals - Hush
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
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
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 possible.
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
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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Arkansas Game And Fish
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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
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The local Baxter Bulletin Newspaper located in
Mountain Home has a good weather
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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
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