Parks and Tourism

Cossatot River

This park-natural area stretches for 12 miles along the wild and scenic Cossatot River, Arkansas’s premier whitewater experience renowned as the best whitewater float stream in mid-America. Located in southwest Arkansas south of Mena, the Cossatot forms Cossatot Falls, a rugged and rocky canyon that challenges the most experienced canoeists and kayakers with its Class IV and V rapids. When the water is high, the paddlers are here. Read More

De Queen Lake

De Queen Lake was created following the 1977 completion of a dam on the Rolling Fork River. Its surface covers 1,680 acres with a shoreline length of 32 miles. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ recreation areas on the lake offer 110 campsites, boat ramps, swimming areas, fish-cleaning stations, picnic sites and other recreational facilities.

The crystal-clear lake is an open invitation for visitors to enjoy fishing, boating, skiing, scuba diving, picnicking, camping, hiking and hunting. All of the scenic shoreline is publicly owned so boaters are free to go ashore where they wish. Anglers come to the lake in search of its largemouth, spotted and hybrid striped bass, crappie, walleye, bream and catfish.

Gillham Lake

Gillham Lake was created in Southwest Arkansas following the 1975 completion of a dam on the Cossatot River. The 1,370-acre reservoir, located in Howard and Polk counties, features U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ recreation areas that include some 70 campsites, boat ramps, swimming areas, picnic sites and other recreational facilities.

The lake is best known among anglers for its largemouth bass, but fishing for crappie, bream, and catfish is also good.

Dierks Lake

Dierks Lake was formed after the 1975 completion by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of a dam across the Saline River in southwestern Arkansas. Located on the 1,360-acre lake are Corps of Engineers recreation areas offering more than 100 campsites, boat ramps and swimming areas.

The lake is best known among anglers for its largemouth bass, but fishing for crappie, bream and catfish is also good.

Multi-Use Trails

Coming Soon-!!

Legacy Announces New Multi-Use Trail to Be Constructed at De Queen Lake

De Queen, ARK–On May 16th Legacy Initiatives and the U S Army Corp of Engineers entered into a Partnership Agreement to construct and maintain a trail that will begin behind the parking lot at the Pine Ridge boat ramp. The trail will consist of a three-mile loop with one and two-mile inner loops. The partnership agreement is the result of three years worth of work between the Corp and Legacy. After initially approaching the Corp of Engineers to inquire about the possibility of creating a trail at the lake, a long process of seeking governmental approval was initiated. Legacy also had to mark the trail and make the initial investments necessary to initiate the process. 

Legacy founder Chad Gallagher said, “We are really excited about this new trail and what it could mean for the future of our area. It’s important for us to invest in our community in all sorts of ways through historic preservation, education, economic development and serving the community. This project just makes sense for De Queen. I want to thank the local corp officials for working with us and Dr. Jason Lofton for his efforts, leadership and work on this project.”

Trails have become a major part of eco-tourism and economic development with communities across the country developing them. The Walton Foundation in Northwest Arkansas has brought national attention to their efforts to develop new trails in Arkansas. Western Arkansas is an ideal location for trails and it is hoped that De Queen becomes the southern point for a beautiful network of trails into the northwest corner of the state.

The trail will be a multi-use trail suitable for mountain biking, hiking, walking and running. The trail project will begin in the fall and is expected to be completed by Spring 2019. Volunteers are needed to assist with the project.

This trail is expected to be the start of a larger system of trails for all of the lakes in our area.

Legacy Initiatives is a non-profit community development organization focused on improving the community of De Queen, Arkansas and the surrounding areas of Southwest Arkansas through community development initiatives and programs. Legacy Initiatives is a part of the same family of organizations as The Legacy Center and Legacy Academy. This trail project will provide health, economic and recreational benefits for the area contributing to the overall enhanced quality of life of the community.

For more information contact Jason Lofton at