Gillham Lake


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502.61 FEET
Full Pool: 502.0
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Tis the Season to “Use It or Lose It”. Government Agencies Spend Crazy at Year’s End

Date: 9/30/2016 11:39:00 PM

On September 26th, the United States Army also spent $25,751 to build a playground in Gillham Lake, Arkansas as well $11,987 on a picnic shelter in Wheaton, Minnesota. The United States Air Force spent $76,850 on golf netting to project housing along the

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Date: 9/6/2016 5:00:00 PM

Water samples were collected in the Cossatot River-Gillham Lake system during an extended dry period and after heavy rains to determine the spatial variations in certain water quality characteristics. Of par- ticularinterest was the influence of the

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Gillham dam outlet works tower hydraulic prototype study, Gillham lake, Arkansas. Final report

Date: 8/31/2016 8:02:36 AM

In October 1984, severe vibrations of the outlet works gate tower of Gillham Dam, southwestern Arkansas, were observed by US Army Corps of Engineers project personnel. The reservoir elevation was about 50 ft above conservation pool when this occurred

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Date: 8/17/2016 8:01:18 PM

Big Coon Creek Campground sits along the lush banks of Gillham Lake in southwest Arkansas. Nicknamed the "Bright Spot on the Cossatot," Gillham Lake is a recreational oasis for outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors enjoy the lake for its vast boating opportunities

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COE Gillham Lake Cossatot Reefs Campground

Date: 8/17/2016 3:46:47 AM

Local Directions: 6 miles northeast of Gillham via County Road, close to dam. Follow signs 6 miles northeast of Gillham via County Road, close to dam. Follow signs into the campground. into the campground

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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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