White River Inn, Arkansas

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White River Inn Fishing Lodge is a luxurious full service lodge which caters to outdoor lovers and travelers who enjoy the amenities and service level one can only find in the finest of lodges. With only five suites and no immediate neighbors on our 31 acres, privacy is assured. The White River Inn is a world class lodge for fly fishing enthusiasts and sporting enthusiasts. Your hosts, Moose and Tina Watson welcome you to custom designed lodge built of coastal Western Red Cedar logs on a magnificent bluff 300 feet above the White River near Cotter, Arkansas.

White River Inn is also a Bed and Breakfast and a great place for couples on a romantic holiday; it is perfect for vacations or a stop along the way for travelers looking for a quiet respite.


All guests have access to the lodge's common areas including the great room, trophy room and the patio area overlooking the White River. The Inn has five luxury suites. The guest suites, ranging from 400 to 900 square feet, all have private entrances from an interior hall and to the patio. Each suite in the guest wing is impeccably decorated, featuring 10 foot walls and 14 foot vaulted ceilings, custom made Mission-style furniture, a sofa, individual climate control, a warm and welcoming fireplace, and a private bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub. Three rooms have separate showers as well.  From the time you arrive at the lodge, until the time you leave, everything is taken care of. Guests will enjoy a grand country breakfast in the morning, and  the rest of your meals, snacks, soft drinks and mixers are also provided. Evenings are spent in the Lodge with appetizers followed by a wonderful dinner prepared by your hosts or an independent chef.


Your guide will either pick you up at the Lodge or you will make a short 10 minute ride to the launch area if you are spin fishing. The guides here at the White River Inn are familiar with the whole trout fishery but usually fish the first 65 miles or so, including the North Fork River. All of the guides are experts in each aspect of fishing and customer service. Your guides supply all your equipment, flies and fly rods included.  However feel free to bring your own gear if you prefer. Spinning gear is also provided for spin fishermen. The guide typically provides a nice lunch and beverages on the river however if you prefer, a shore lunch is available with advance notice.

Arkansas’s White River System is famous for the world record brown trout inhabiting its waters. These double-digit browns are seen and caught regularly enough to make the White River one of the country's most prolific trout fisheries and a fly-fishing hot spot. It’s not only the size, but also the variety of species that lure anglers from around the world. The White River is one of the few spots in the world where you "can stand in one spot" and catch the coveted grand slam! A Brook, a Rainbow, a Brown, and a Cutthroat can all be found on the Arkansas White River! Along with the excellent fishing for all four species of trout, you can literally fish 365 days a year as there are no closed seasons and no frozen or "blown out" rivers. Being a tail water, the White River is truly a fly-fisherman's dream with different types of water, from long deep pools to shallow, oxygen, and food rich riffles. From the neophytes to seasoned lifetime anglers, your enjoyment is our goal. Every  effort  is made to provide safe, comfortable, and rewarding days on the river.

Getting There

924 County Road 174, Cotter, AR, USA


  • A visit to Rainbow Bridge
  • Bull Shoals Caverns and Mountain Village 1890  
  • Mountain Village championship miniature golf course
  • The Top O' the Ozarks Tower
  • North Central Arkansas Speedway  
  • Big Creek Golf Course  (5 star rated)
  • The Anglin-Tinnon Railroad  Workers  Memorial
  • Of course - Fishing!                      
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