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Posted 9/14/2016

Release no. 16-032


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Greg Raimondo
601-631-5053
gregory.raimondo@usace.army.mil

Vicksburg, Miss…Swimming areas at some of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes in northern Mississippi will be closing soon. Arkabutla, Sardis, Enid, and Grenada lakes have begun drawing down water levels as part of their normal flood control operations. Swimming areas at these lakes will be unusable due to cooler season temperatures and lower water levels. These areas typically open each spring and remain open during the summer recreational season, drawing thousands of visitors to each lake. Specific closures for each lake are listed below:

Arkabutla Lake: South Abutment and Hernando Point swimming areas will close on September 19. 

Sardis Lake: Paradise Point recreation area and swim beach is closed due to construction. Swimming areas at Main Beach and Cypress Point are closed due to unsafe water levels. Cypress Point Recreation area will remain open until October 1.

Enid Lake: Hickory Ridge, Persimmon Hill, Plum Point, and Long Branch swimming areas will close October 1 unless water levels make the areas unusable prior to that date. Chickasaw Hill is closed already.

Grenada Lake:  Willow Run and Main Beach swimming areas will close October 1 unless water levels make the areas unusable prior to that date. Cape Retreat and Oak Grove swimming areas are closed already.

  The primary mission of the Mississippi lakes is to provide flood risk reduction for 3,025 square miles in North MS, however there are more than 365,000 acres of land and water available for the public to enjoy. For more information you may contact the lake field offices: Arkabutla Lake (662) 562-6261, Sardis Lake (662) 563-4531, Enid Lake (662) 563-4571, or Grenada Lake (662) 226-5911. You may also visit our website. www.mvk.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation