Gillham Lake


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Commission denies petition to close turtle harvest

Date: 10/20/2018 6:00:00 AM

Add base rock and asphalt overlay to 800 feet of Gillham Lake Road - $33,400 in marine fuel tax funds. - Asphalt 1.7 miles of Cottonshed Road leading to Millwood Lake - $200,000 in marine fuel tax

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Commission denies petition to close turtle harvest

Newton County

Date: 10/19/2018 6:19:00 AM

Add base rock and asphalt overlay to 800 feet of Gillham Lake Road - $33,400 in marine fuel tax funds. Asphalt 1.7 miles of Cottonshed Road leading to Millwood Lake - $200,000 in marine fuel tax funds

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Silver Alert issued for missing Arkansas man


Date: 8/15/2018 2:39:00 PM

The Polk County Sheriff's Office (PCSO) says Jerry L. Wheeler, 70, was last seen early Saturday afternoon at his home in Grannis near Gillham Lake. Grannis is just south of Wickes. Wheeler is believed

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Swimming areas now closed on 4 Arkansas lakes because of E. coli concerns

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Date: 7/22/2018 8:52:00 AM

The Coon Creek swimming area on Gillham Lake, shuttered May 16, remained closed as of Wednesday. Officials say the closures seemed from “higher than acceptable E. coli levels” found during routine tes

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Blue green algae extends swim beach closure


Date: 6/1/2018 3:22:00 PM

The swim beach at Gillham Lake remains closed because of blue green algae in the water. "It's a bacteria found in most lakes. It's not normally an issue until it becomes concentrated, "said Tiffany Smith, Corps of Engineers. Smith says the bacteria was

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• Surface Area: 1,300 Acres
Gillham Lake is a small reservoir located along the Cossatot River, mostly in Howard County, but also extending westward into Polk County, Arkansas. The lake is 6 miles (9.7 km) from Gillham, Arkansas.
The Flood Control Act of 1958 approved the lake for construction. The lake provides flood control, water supply and wildlife conservation. Recreation was not planned for the lake purposes but they were included anyway. Gillham has five recreation areas, five boat ramps, three campgrounds, one picnic shelter,and one designated swim area. Gillham Lake includes 1,370 acres (6 km2) of fishing; bass is mostly caught in the lake. Canoeing and fly fishing on the Cossatot River are popular. The river can be canoed about 16 miles (25.7 km) south of the dam to U.S. Highway 71 South. The Cossatot River has been noted as the best conoeing area between the Rockies and the Smokeys. There are two designated picnicking areas and one picnicking shelter that are chiefly used for reunions and family recreation. Gillham Lake also has the Coon Creek Walking Trail which is located on the entry road to Big Coon Creek Park.
Work on Gillham Dam began on June 1963, roads had to be relocated following the construction of the dam. The first concrete in the spillway was poured in November 1968. Work was halted in February 1971 but resumed in August 1972. The dam began storing water May 8, 1975.
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