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Arkabutla Lake Field Office
3905 Arkabutla Dam Road
Coldwater MS 38618-9737

Phone: 662-562-6261
FAX: 662-562-8916

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Welcome to Arkabutla Lake

Sunrise over Arkabutla LakeLocated in both Tate and DeSoto counties in north Mississippi, Arkabutla Lake’s remote location is an ideal setting for a serene retreat.  However, if you are looking for a vacation full of fun and excitement, don’t worry…Arkabutla is still the right destination for you!  Located just 30 minutes from Memphis, TN and Tunica, MS, there is no limit to the fun awaiting you and your family.

There are trails for hiking or biking and many of our amenities are ADA accessible, such as, a fishing pier, swimming beach and playgrounds in addition to accessible sites in our beautiful campgrounds.  Recreation on the lake provides for some of the best fishing in the southeast and some of the best sailing east of the Mississippi River.  And, with more than 30,000 acres of land open for public hunting and numerous activities for public involvement, we are certain there is something for everyone!

Whether it’s hunting, fishing, boating, or just enjoying the outdoors, Arkabutla Lake provides a variety of opportunities for all outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy.  Please take the time to browse our website.  Even better, come discover Arkabutla Lake for yourself.

Arkabutla Lake has a Visitor Information Center that offers an array of informational materials, such as, brochures, project regulations, camping information and area maps.  You will also find several interesting exhibits and displays that explain the missions of the Corps at Arkabutla Lake.  The Visitor Information Center is open weekdays from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. 

You can now visit Arkabutla Lake from the comfort of your own computer! Click the link below to check out the Arkabutla Lake Virtual Tour. You can view a campsite, see pavilions, or just do some sightseeing. Click on a recreation area on the map to see 360 degree photos in that area!





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Upcoming Events

For more information about special events, or if you are interested in sponsoring/scheduling an event, contact the Arkabutla Lake Field Office at


Arkabutla Lake Physically Challenged Deer Hunt

The 2017 Arkabutla Lake Physically Challenged Deer Hunt consists of two 2-day hunts beginning on Thursday, December 7 and ending on Sunday, December 10, 2017. Hunters are allowed to use traditional muzzleloaders, modern muzzleloaders (like the 45-70) and shotguns with rifled barrels and slugs.

The deadline for returning applications is 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 1, 2017. The drawing for the hunt will take place on September 13, 2017 at the South Abutment beach pavilion (#734).

To get an application for the hunt you may stop by the Arkabutla Lake Field Office in person or call (662) 562-6261. You may also email Ernie Lentz at

Arkabutla Lake Archery Hunt

Arkabutla Lake is accepting applications for the 2017 Archery hunts through Wednesday, August 30th.  There are four 2-day hunts that hunters may be drawn for: October 6-7, October 8-9, October 20-21, and October 22-23. The drawing will be held on September 6, 2017 and drawn hunters will have until September 30th to scout the area.

Hunters may use longbows, compound bows, and cross bows. Applications can be picked up in person at the Arkabutla Lake Field Office or by emailing Ranger Sawyer Hunt at

Hernando Point Mountain BikeTrail                                                                                               Hernando Point Moutain Bike Trail

        The partnership between North Mississippi Trail Alliance and the US Army Corps of Engineers at Arkabutla Lake has proven to be mutually beneficial and a great asset to the bike enthusiast. After the completion of the Bayou Point Single Track Mountain Bike Trail, the NMTA began mapping and designing a large trail system to be located between Hernando Point Recreation Area on the west and Highway 51 on the east. The trail was designed and will be implemented in three stages; a 2.2 mile novice loop, an 8 mile intermediate loop, and a 16 mile advanced loop. The 2.2 mile novice loop, named The Backwater Loop, has been completed and is open for use. The intermediate loop, known as the Possum Kingdom trail, is currently under construction. It begins at the northeast corner of the Backwater trail and goes east towards Tulane road. Phase 3 of the project will extend the trail even further east near Highway 51 Landing Recreation Area. The terrain and elevation of this section of the trail will be suitable for advanced biking. There is a map attachment of the entire proposed trail below, as well as pictures of the trail construction. Once completed, the trail system will span approximately 26 miles in length! The Hernando Point trail system is located on USACE land bordered by private property. In certain locations the trail system is located on or in close proximity to the USACE boundary. The USACE boundary is marked by yellow paint on trees and fence posts. Please remain on the trail at all times and respect adjacent landowner’s privacy

    For more information on the current bike trails, to join or volunteer with NMTA, and to get the latest updates, visit their website at Also, to report misuse of trails or additional information on Arkabutla Lake and other recreational opportunities available, please call the Arkabutla Lake Field Office at (662) 562-6261.

Hernando Point Single-Track Mountain Bike Course Map




Warm Weather Activities at Arkabutla Lake

By: Rob Hoff

               With warm weather here, we hope to see you here at Arkabutla Lake enjoying some of your favorite activities. There are numerous recreational opportunities available at Arkabutla Lake for everyone.

               There are excellent fishing opportunities at Arkabutla Lake, including massive crappie, catfish, bass and numerous other species of fish. There is also excellent fishing in the river from the outlet structure below the dam. A handicapped accessible fishing pier is located just downstream from the outlet structure. There are 8 boat ramps located around the lake, so launching a boat to get to your favorite fishing spot or just to cruise around the lake should not present a problem. Wind surfing is also becoming a popular sport on the lake. Numerous picnic tables and covered pavilions offer scenic sites to enjoy the weather and have family outings or even business meetings. Six newly renovated playgrounds offer children a safe and fun environment to play, while shaded bench swings located nearby give parents a chance to relax and keep an eye on the children. There are 230 Class A campsites located in three campgrounds, and numerous primitive campsites around the lake. Hiking trails with swinging bridges, benches, and directional markers offer a chance to connect with nature. There are different length trails depending on how far one wants to walk. Arkabutla Lake also offers specialized trails. There is a trail designated for horses as well as a single track mountain bike trail. An 18-hole disc golf course is located below the dam and offers a fun and unique challenge. Two sandy beaches on the lake allow one to soak up some sun or go for a dip inside a designated swimming area identified with water depth markers.

               These are just a few of the many opportunities available at Arkabutla Lake. We invite you to come out and see what other adventures you can discover. For more information on activities and events happening at the lake, please call our office Monday thru Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at (662) 562-6261. We look forward to seeing you soon!



All persons placing structure(s) in Sardis, Arkabutla, Grenada, and Enid lakes must abide by the terms outlined in the following regulations according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) Title 36.

The placement of untreated, wooden structures in the lake basin for the purpose of fish habitat is authorized. Artificial wooden "grabbling structures" are also authorized. Natural structures may not be altered and used to "hand fish" from. Other structures made of plastic, PVC, metal, and other non-biodegradable materials are NOT allowed. Any person(s) installing a structure not in compliance with this regulation may be subject to a citation under Title 36.

The placement of trees are allowed along with an appropriately sized anchoring device which may be made of concrete, brick, or stone. Any anchor(s) other than these approved materials will be in violation and subject to fines and penalties.

Structures may not be placed within 300 feet of any designated swimming area or beach. These structures should not be placed in any areas  where they may become boating hazards such as directly below or adjacent to any boat ramp.



Cultural Resource Protection – Visitors are reminded that the removal of historical and archaeological features (material from old house sites, arrowheads, human remains, etc.) is prohibited. 

 If caught, looters face arrest, fines of up to $20,000 and imprisonment for disturbing these safeguarded areas.




Day Use Fees

Beach Fees:    $2/walk-in, $5/vehicle, $20/bus and no fees for children under 16 y/o

Boat Ramps:   $5/vehicle

Special Use/Facility Fees

Pavilions:        $75/reservation

Special Events:           $75/event


Class A – Dub Patton, Hernando Pt. &

South Abutment Campgrounds:                        $20/night/year round/not to exceed 14 days

                                                                               but extensions are available

Class C – Outlet Channel:                                   $10/night (1 May-30 Sep)   Free (1 Oct-30 Mar)  

                                                                               14 days only – no extensions, year round

Class D – Kelly’s Crossing & Pleasant Hill

Campgrounds:                                                     $8/night (1 May – 30 Sep   Free (1 Oct-30 Mar)

                                                                                14 days only – no extensions, year round

*Interagency Annual/Senior/Access/Volunteer/Military Passes and Golden Age/Access Passports are valid for covering standard amenity recreation fees for all USACE areas and recreational area of other Federal agencies participating in the America the Beautiful National Parks and the Federal Recreational Lands Pass Program. Interagency Senior/Access and Golden Age/Access Passports are also valid for a 50 percent reduction in single/family unit camping fees but are not valid for Pavilion Rentals and Special Event Permits.

 Passes:       USACE Annual Pass:                             $40                  yearly

                      Interagency Annual Pass:                     $80                  yearly

                      Interagency Senior Pass:                      $10                  lifetime

                      Interagency Access Pass:                     Free                 lifetime

                      Interagency Military Pass:                     Free                 yearly

                      Interagency Volunteer Pass:                 Free                 yearly

                      Interagency Every Kid in the Park Pass     Free       1 Sep-31 Aug, year of issue


*Interagency = America the Beautiful Program.


Life Jackets are Mandatory at MS Lake

The following life jacket rules are being enforced at all four of the Vicksburg District-North Mississippi lakes at Arkabutla, Sardis, Enid and Grenada.

All persons must wear a US Coast Guard-approved life jacket at all times:

  • while swimming outside of designated swimming areas.
  • while skiing or being pulled by a vessel, regardless of vessel length.
  • on powered vessels 16 to 26 feet in length whenever under power by the main propulsion unit.
  • on powered vessels less than 16 feet in length or on non-powered vessels regardless of length.

For more information, contact the Arkabutla Lake Field Office at 662.562.6261 or the MS Project Management Office at 662.578.3873 or 662.712.1201.


Arkabutla Lake – Emergency Contacts After Hours

With over 40,000 acres of land and water to manage at Arkabutla Lake and a limited number of Ranger personnel available to offer visitor assistance, sometimes it may be difficult to locate a Ranger, especially after our regular office hours (Mon-Fri, 7:00am-3:30pm) when our telephones are unmanned.

If you are having an emergency after office hours or on the weekend and you need assistance, sometimes the best approach is to contact the local Sheriff’s Department. Arkabutla Lake occupies two Mississippi counties in northwest corner of the state, Tate and Dsto. These local law enforcement agencies have a 24-hour dispatcher that can communicate with field personnel at Arkabutla Lake as well as Search and Rescue Units, Aviation Units, Emergency Medical Response and much more. Their contact numbers are:
Desoto County – 662-429-1470
Tate County – 662-562-4434
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