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Welcome to the Vicksburg District's Corps Lakes...

Aside from the water itself, the terrestrial resources that surround our lakes are valuable assets that sustain the exquisite nature of our 10 lakes.

Original congressional authorizations were limited in some cases to only one purpose, Flood Damage Reduction at our older projects. More recent authorization included multi-purpose functions such as Hydropower Production, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Stewardship, Water Supply, Public Recreation, as well as Flood Damage Reduction.

Everyone is encouraged to visit Vicksburg District Corps Projects, recognize the purpose of the project and enjoy the many opportunities provided to expand your knowledge of the outdoors and relax.  


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Sardis Lake Hosts Fourth Annual Wounded Veterans Fishing Event

Vicksburg, Miss….The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Sardis Lake Field Office partnered with the Panola County sheriff’s office and local volunteers to host the fourth annual fishing event for wounded veterans. The six participating wounded veterans were treated to dinner by Slick McDonald on July 20, the evening prior to the beginning of the fishing event. On July 21, their day began with a breakfast provided by Jason Chrestman, Lonnie Chrestman and Howard Brower. Following breakfast at 7 a.m., the veterans teamed with volunteer guides Jeremy Aldridge, Stephan Sullivan and Chaney Starnes to begin fishing at Pats Bluff Campground on the scenic waters of Sardis Lake. [Read More]
Published: Jul-27-18

Corps’ Vicksburg District Conducts Columbia Lock and Dam Readiness Exercise

Vicksburg, Miss…The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Vicksburg District conducted a readiness exercise on July 25 at the Ouachita Parish Emergency Operations Center in Monroe, Louisiana. The exercise covered three scenarios concerning the Columbia Lock and Dam river levels. Customers, partners and stakeholders from industry and local government participated in the exercise and discussed preparedness and responsiveness. [Read More]
Published: Jul-26-18

Deputy Commander for Corps’ Vicksburg District Retires

Vicksburg, Miss. – The deputy commander for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District, Lt. Col. Aaron W. Wolf, is retiring from his military career. A native of Poynette, Wisconsin, Lt. Col. Wolf was commissioned into the Corps of Engineers in September 1994, out of the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. He has served as the deputy district commander and engineer with the Corps of Engineers’ St. Louis and Vicksburg districts. He also served as the Division Engineer for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) leading engineer efforts during operations in Iraq in 2016. Wolf has deployed five times and earned seven combat overseas bars with missions in support of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kosovo. [Read More]
Published: Jul-17-18

Arkabutla Lake Hosts Annual Archery Hunt

VICKSBURG, MISS… Arkabutla Lake will host its 19th annual special management archery deer hunt October 19-22 and 26-29. There will be four hunts, each lasting two days; October 19-20; October 21-22; October 26-27; and October 28-29. The hunt will be held in the natural area below the Arkabutla Dam, an area that is usually closed to hunting. Applications are available at the Arkabutla Lake Field Office. The deadline for receiving applications is 3 p.m., August 29. Applicants must possess a valid Mississippi hunting license and be at least 16 years of age. [Read More]
Published: Jul-12-18

Corps’ Vicksburg District Halts Locking at Columbia Lock and Dam

Vicksburg, Miss…The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Vicksburg District announces that Columbia Lock and Dam has been closed to navigation until emergency repairs can be made. In addition, the water levels within the pool has been lowered 3 feet to relieve some of the pressures on the lock structure. At this time, the structure is stable and further damages are not expected. [Read More]
Published: Jul-11-18

Corps’ Vicksburg District Begins Lowering Water Level on Ouachita River

Vicksburg, Miss…The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Vicksburg District began lowering the water level on the Ouachita River on July 5 to inspect the Columbia Lock and Dam. In an effort to ensure public safety, the Corps evaluated water depths at the seven boat ramps based on a 3’ fall. As a result, the seven boat ramps operated by the Corps within the Columbia Pool (Riverton, Prairion, Bawcomville, Moon Lake, Sterlington, Finch Bayou and Felsenthal South) will be closed at 12:00 on July 9. The Riverton swim beach will be closed at 12:00 on July 10. The areas will be closed to protect your safety and prevent possible damages to your boats. Please do not move or go-around any of the barricades. [Read More]
Published: Jul-09-18

Corps’ Vicksburg District Inspects Columbia Lock and Dam

Vicksburg, Miss… The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District is currently inspecting the Columbia Lock and Dam located on the Ouachita River approximately seven miles upstream of Columbia, Louisiana. USACE is inspecting the lock and dam for deficiencies after identifying seepage and sand boils near the structure and voids under the lock wall in early July. The inspection will be used to inform ongoing remediation work focused on repairing the structure and minimizing future risks. [Read More]
Published: Jul-06-18

Vicksburg District’s Chief of Design Branch Receives Commander’s Award For Outstanding Achievement in EEO

VICKSBURG, MISS…The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District announces that David L. Wallace, recently received the Commander’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO). Wallace received this award for his significant contributions to the EEO Program to assure full opportunity in employment for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, and physical or mental handicap. [Read More]
Published: Jul-03-18

Corps’ Vicksburg District Hosts a Blessing of the Fleet

Vicksburg, Miss…The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District will host a Blessing of the Fleet ceremony on July 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m., at the Vicksburg Harbor, 2449 Haining Road. A tradition that dates back to medieval times, the Blessing of the Fleet originally started in early European fishing communities. A blessing bestowed by a local priest was meant to ask for an abundant and safe season. [Read More]
Published: Jun-29-18

District Announces Employee of the Year Award

VICKSBURG, MISS… The Vicksburg District is proud to announce that Kristopher C. Ellis has been selected as the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District 2018 Employee of the Year. Ellis received the award for his outstanding demonstration of Army and Corps values, leadership and mentorship. In addition, Ellis meets the district's mission with excellence and has an exemplary list of accomplishments. [Read More]
Published: Jun-12-18
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