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Posted 6/4/2013

Release no. 13-056


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Kavanaugh Breazeale
601-631-5052
kavanaugh.breazeale@usace.army.mil

Vicksburg, Miss –The Vicksburg District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has closed some boat ramps and recreational areas at Lake Ouachita, Lake Greeson and DeGray Lake in Arkansas due to recent high water levels in the lakes. Concrete barriers are being placed at boat ramps, recreational areas and day use areas for visitors’ safety. Additional campsites may close should water levels rise. As water begins to recede, each recreational area or facility will be re-evaluated and re-opened as soon as it is safe for visitor use.

 

Lake Ouachita.

Recreational areas and campgrounds closed at Lake Ouachita include Crystal Springs, Highway 27,  Joplin, Tompkins Bend, Twin Creek, Little Fir, Avant, Buckville, Irons Fork, Lena Landing and Spillway. Some day use areas at Lake Ouachita are also experiencing high water levels and the following areas are presently closed: Spillway, Brady Mountain, Crystal Springs and Twin Creek . The boat ramps at Lake Ouachita that are closed include Avant, Big Fir, Little Fir, Irons Fork, Joplin, Highway 27, Twin Creek and Washita.

 

Lake Greeson.

The Arrowhead Point boat ramp at Lake Greeson is currently closed.  Some of the camp sites at Kirby Landing and Cowhide Cove are closed and electrical power is off. Arrowhead Point, Cowhide Cove and Parker Creek lower roads are closed.

 

DeGray Lake.

The boat ramps currently closed at DeGray Lake are Alpine Ridge, Amity Landing, Lower Lake river access, Point Cedar, Arlie Moore and Caddo Drive. Some campsites and campgrounds are closed at Arlie Moore, Alpine Ridge, Shouse Ford, Ozan Point and Point Cedar.  Some camp sites at Ozan Point are under water. Lenox Marcus, ski area and the west end of the Spillway boat ramp parking lot are closed.

 

The National Recreation Reservation System (NRRS) has been contacted to cancel all reservations for campsites affected by the high water conditions and those campers will be fully refunded.

 

Boaters are reminded to always watch for debris washed into the lake from the recent heavy rains in the watershed area and let others know where you will be boating.  Always wear your lifejacket and keep the boat's "kill switch" attached at all times while underway.  For more information, please contact the Arkansas lake offices at 501-767-2101.

 

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