Cotter was incorporated in 1902 and is still alive and well today. Blending a rich history with a stable economy, healthy business climate, and outstanding schools and neighborhoods, Cotter is an excellent place to raise a family or start a business. The historic town of Cotter rests on a horseshoe bend in the river roughly 18 miles downstream of the Bull Shoals Lake Dam. With over 4 miles of riverfront access, Cotter is smack in the middle of the world-famous stretches of river tail-waters, with clear, cold waters being generated from the depths of two lakes. Cotter's historic downtown area features restored buildings, antique shops and restaurants, along with area lodging, camping, parks, springs, trails, sightseeing and relaxation at its finest. Those with a love for the outdoors will appreciate Cotter’s excellent location. With state parks, lakes and rivers in the area, Cotter has continued to flourish since its birth by providing residents and newcomers with a friendly, welcoming community with all the amenities of a larger city.
Cotter is a serene, peaceful community set in the rolling hills of the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas. This idyllic setting is home to young couples, lifelong residents and retirees, as well as being one of the hottest vacation destinations in the country. The mountain views are spectacular, especially in the fall when the Ozarks are painted with dramatic color. Long touted as one of the best places to vacation in the Midwest, Cotter and the Baxter County area have many employment opportunities. The boat-building empires of Bass Cat and Ranger Boats are just a stones throw away. These and other companies have realized what those living in the Cotter area have known for years - that the rivers and lakes of this area can also provide a great income.
With a name like “Trout Capital USA,” it’s tough to talk about much of anything else other than fishing around these parts - but Cotter has so much more to offer! Not only does Cotter Public Schools offer quality education for students k-12, the area offers other educational opportunities, including Arkansas State University and Arkansas State University Technical College in Mountain Home, Ozarka College and more.