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The White River Inn

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge

Phone icon870-430-2233 Email iconmoosewatson@gmail.com Link iconthewhiteriverinn.com
924 Country Road 174
Cotter, AR 72626

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The Story

Choose lodging at the Orvis-endorsed White River Inn for your fly-fishing trip to Arkansas. "Being a Servant" is what the owner Moose Watson said, when asked, "What sets you apart from the others?" The philosophy of treating each guest "like they are the only one we are ever going to have," is something he takes very seriously.

"People come here for an experience," Moose said. "They take their valuable time and hard-earned money and come here not knowing fully what to expect. BUT, they do have expectations. What we want, is to at least meet, and hopefully exceed those as best we can. People need a respite from the everyday 'things' in life. Our goal is to make an experience for our guests that they keep, and share, as a very fond memory. It may be a big fish, lots of fish, or simply a serene and peaceful place to relax and decompress. We try very hard to provide all three!"

The 7000-square ft. western red cedar lodge stands firmly on the edge of a 300-foot bluff high above the White River. People describe the views from the back deck as incredible and breathtaking. Bald eagles, hawks and ospreys glide by at eye level, almost close enough to touch. A multitude of hummingbirds and songbirds gather at their feeders daily. The deck is a birdwatcher's paradise!

By design the beautiful décor and amenities, including 600 thread-count linens and Pendleton bedspreads, put the White River Inn in a class by itself on the river. But the White River itself is the reason why people come from all over the country to be here. The White is a year-round fishery with four species of trout. The fish count per mile is incredible, bordering on unbelievable. There is not a better river for beginners in the lower 48. But the huge browns are what bring ALL fisherman here to the White. More brown trout over ten pounds are caught and released, than any other single river in the World. "Seventy-five percent of our guests catch their Personal Best at our lodge." Fly fishing just doesn't get any better, and the beautiful Ozark scenery is another reason to visit.

A World Class Lodge, A World Class River, World Class Guides, and World Class Service. These are our goals. Come as a guest, leave as a friend, is not a cliché at The White River Inn. Come see for yourself!

All of our packages include meals, beer, wine, and soft drinks. We do not serve hard liquor as part of our packages, but we are happy to procure your favorite at retail prices.

Our meals are served family style and there is always plenty. We serve entrees including 24 oz., 1 1/2" ribeye steaks, pork tenderloin with boursin sauce, chicken piccata with lemon and capers, or fresh salmon in a "special" glaze to name a few. Breakfasts are always full home-cooked breakfasts with eggs, meats, fruits and some home-baked goodies, pancakes, and french toast. We do not call any of our meals gourmet, but our guests do! Tina and I both enjoy cooking and take pride in serving you delicious homemade meals with the freshest ingredients available.


The White River Inn is open year round, and the White River fishes well all year. Each season has its hatches or "bite", but the fishing is always good. Being a tailwater fishery the river is never "blown out". In 15 years, we have never lost a day to a blown-out river. If there is lightning, we get off of the river until it passes. For our guests, safety is always first!


The Update first two sentences: The White River has seven species of trout. We have rainbows, browns, cutthroats (fine spot), bonneville cutthroats, golden trout, brook trout and the beautiful tiger trout. The browns are all wild-spawned and the other three species are stocked. For "species" hunters, we also have a strain of wild-spawned, fast growing "Bonneville cutthroats" in the nearby Norfork River.


The White river flows directly through the middle of the Ozark Mountains. The scenery is pretty all year round. Spring and fall are particularly beautiful with the foliage. It is a big river and a dynamic, changing, river. The dam has eight generators and they open and close daily due to power demands and flood control.

All types of wildlife and birds are spotted daily on the river. It is a naturalist's Mecca with deer, turkey, groundhogs, armadillos, and a plethora of other birds and mammals seen regularly.

Typical Weather:

We have four distinct seasons here in the Ozarks, but none are extreme as in the AZ desert or the high mountains in Montana and Idaho. Spring 45 to 75 F, summer 65 to 90, fall 40 to 70, and winter 30 to 60. Generally speaking, the weather is always fishable and most of the time comfortable. Dressing in layers is always a good idea.


Rates start from: 1190.00 for a two night/one day package per person, double occupancy.
You can find all pricing information at: www.thewhiteriverinn.com

What is Provided:

Our All Inclusive Packages are just that, "All Inclusive". We provide everything for you from the time you arrive until the time you leave.

Included: Meals, rods, tackle, guides, flies, drinks (excluding hard liquor), snacks, etc. are provided for you. Two meals at the lodge each day, one meal on the river.

There are a few things not covered: Sales tax, tips (guide and lodge), hard liquor, fishing licenses, rain gear (all boat fishing, waders not needed).

Gear Recommendations:

If you like to bring your own gear, here is what we use:

Nymphing and dries: 5 or 6 wt. rod, 9 or 10 ft. length, WFF line. Streamers: 7 or 8 wt.rod , 9 ft. length, fast action, full sinking line, or sink tip. Our guides' favorites are 6 weight, 10 ft. for nymphing, 8 wt., 9 ft. for streamers. Bring what you fish with best. Average trout 1 to 3 lbs. Nymph size 14-18.

What to Bring:

Wide brimmed hat, sun glasses, camera and camera case, waterproof case for phone, sunscreen, sun gloves, rain gear top and bottoms, layers of clothing, including warm clothes even in the summer.


  • We do not allow any dogs, cats or any other pets.
  • We have two close airports for pilots. Both jets and propellers serviced and fueled.
  • We are not fully handicap accessible (no wheelchairs in showers).
  • We do not offer shuttle service to distant airports.
  • We do offer pick ups from our two local airports, plane to lodge and back at no charge (tips are appreciated).
  • We do offer rental car services at one local airport

Best airports to fly into commercial in order of preference:
1. Springfield, MO (2 hours)
2. Northwest Arkansas, Fayetteville/Bentonville (2 1/2 hours)
3. Little Rock, AK (3 hours)

Additional Activities:

Being located in the twin lakes region of the Ozarks there are other activities non-fishermen may enjoy. Here is a short list:

  • Canoe the Buffalo
  • Cave tours
  • Golf
  • Jet skis
  • Water skiing
  • Boating
  • Hiking
  • Antiquing
  • Day trip to Branson Riverwalk (shopping)

The White river inn is a 7000 square-ft lodge. It is a custom-built Western red cedar log lodge, reminiscent of the lodges out West. The logs are square 8 x12 logs, not round. It has six large bedrooms and 7 baths. They range from 450 sq. ft. to 1100 sq. ft. in size. Each room has an ensuite bathroom and four of them have jetted jacuzzi tubs. The bathrooms are all imported Italian tile with huge jetted showers and heavy glass walls.

All furnishings were custom made throughout the lodge in Mission Style and enormous over sized leather sofas and chairs are placed everywhere for your comfort and relaxation. Tasteful taxidermy and collectibles from around the world adorn the huge log walls. Picture a luxurious executive log home as opposed to a fishing lodge and you'll have the idea.

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