Gaston's White River Resort

Brad Wiegmann
Written by Brad Wiegmann July 21, 2015

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It's like no other place on earth. Gaston's White River Resort on the banks of the famous White River trout tailwaters has everything and more an angler would ever need. The view is breathtaking and accommodations spectacular.

The resort offers first class lodging, award winning restaurant, private landing strip for fly-in guests, gift shop, conference lodge, and private club. The resort also has three nature trails, a swimming pool, game room, tennis courts, and a playground for the kids. For some resorts that would be enough, but Gaston’s location on the world famous White River is what brings countless anglers to its resort. The White River is well-known for its reputation as one of the best trout streams anywhere. The resort has over 300 acres and 79 cottages for guests to stay in right alongside the White River.  

At Gaston’s, the cottages are air-conditioned, comfortable, and perfectly clean; however, the first thing a guest notices is that they are all painted pink. Rumor has it that the resort painted them pink to keep airplanes from crashing into them. Another story I heard was Al Gaston, Jim Gaston’s dad had seen a house in Lakeview, Arkansas, that was pink and liked the color and began painting all the cottages he built at the resort pink.   

Not everyone comes to Gaston’s Resort ( or call (870)431-5203 for reservations) to fish; I know that may come as a shock to you. Many come just to eat at the award winning Gaston’s Restaurant on the banks of the White River. The view overlooking the White River is spectacular. The menu includes salads, steaks, seafood, homemade breads, desserts, and trout. In fact, one of the items on the menu is You Catch ‘Em, We Cook ‘Em anyway you want them from broiled, fried, almandine, hollandaise, and supreme. The Sunday brunch is one meal any angler would skip fishing for. 

One of the truly unique characteristic about the restaurant is what hangs from its ceiling and walls. No it does not have photo after photo of anglers holding up fish or mounts of world record brown trout. The walls and ceilings are covered with thousands of antiques including vintage tools, outboard engines, bicycles, tricycles, a unicycle, a motorcycle, and one stand alone gas pump. At last count, there were 90 outboards with a 1910 model being the oldest, 46 bicycles, 8 tricycles, and a 1936 Simplex motorcycle.  

Of course the majority of people come to fish the famous White River. Gaston’s boat dock is located directly below the restaurant. Within a few minutes an angler can finish their breakfast and be out casting for their supper. Gaston’s has a number of fully license fishing guides, boats, and motors.  

About The Author

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Brad Wiegmann just wants to fish, but his wife told him to get a job so he works as a freelance outdoor writer and photographer when not fishing. Brad has written for countless magazines and websites. Besides being a freelance outdoor writer and photographer, Brad also has his own award winning website


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