27 SEP Eagle Fest
27 SEP National Public Lands Day (Fee Vaults at boat ramps will be closed.)
If you would like more information about the events listed on this page or if you would like to schedule an event at Arkabutla Lake, please contact the Arkabutla Lake Field Office at 662-562-6261.
Fall is Upon Us!
In the South, fall is always a welcome change from the blistering heat of summer. Along with the changing seasons, recreational opportunities available to the public are also changing at Arkabutla Lake. The cold and snow in the northern United States will be pushing migratory "snow birds" through our region, so now and all winter long is a great time for birders to view a wide array of bird species on and around Arkabutla Lake. The cooler weather reduces the mosquitoes and other bothersome insects, which allows for a more enjoyable camping experience. Also, non-recreation season camping fee prices go into effect at all of the campgrounds at Arkabutla Lake from November 1 - 30 April.
Fall and warm winter days are a wonderful time for families to picnic under our pavilions where you can cook out on the grills provided and enjoy nearby playgrounds. There are two disc golf courses located below the dam, an 18 hole course as well as a 9 hole course. Both courses offer an entertaining way to enjoy the outdoors. There is a single track mountain bike trail located at Bayou Point Recreation Area that stretches over 6 miles! There are also numberous hiking and walking nature trails located around the Outlet Channel below the dam. An equestrain trail, which offers a scenic ride through a beautiful stretch of woods, is located in the Sunfish Bay area of Bayou Point.
The lake level is being lowered to conservation pool levels in expectation of the many winter and spring rains experienced here in the south. There is no recreational ATV riding allowed anywhere on Arkabutla Lake. There are certain areas around the lake where ATVs are not allowed, and in all other areas ATVs are restricted to ingress/egress only and a helmet must be work while operating the ATV.
There are also numerous hunting seasons open on the public lands managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers at Arkabutla Lake. For exact dates and bag limits for each, please visit the MS Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks website.
During the fall and winter months, the Arkabutla Lake ranger staff will be hosting several special events. The Physically Challenged Deer Hunt will be held on December 12-15, 2014. During this time, the nature trails north of the Outlet Channel will be closed for safety purposes. Arkabutla Lake Eagle Watch, where visitors are encouraged to come out and view/record eagle sitings around the lake, will be held in mid-January. The annual Youth Waterfowl Hunt, a draw hunt open to youth between the ages of 10-15, will be held in February during the state's youth weekend and the annual Youth Raccoon Hunt, also a draw hunt, will be held during three weekends in February 2015.
As you come to Arkabutla Lake, keep in mind that it is public land, and that you may be shring it in close proximity with others. With so many options and opportunities to recreate outdoors, it is important to be patient with others who may be enjoying different activities than your own. If you are recreating in the wooded areas around the lake or even just off of the roadway, it is a good idea to wear blaze orange or bright-colored clothing in the event there is someone hunting nearby. Be courteous, please do not litter or vandalize property so that others may enjoy the same beauty that Arkabutla Lake has to offer.
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!
The 2014 Special Management Archery Deer Hunt is scheduled to be held over the course of two weekends in October this year. There will be four separate hunts on the following dates: 3-4 October, 5-6 October, 17-18 October and 19-20 October. A public drawing was held at the Arkabutla Lake Field Office on September 3, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. If you have any questions about the hunt, please contact Park Ranger Brandi Harms at 662.301.4562.
ATTENTION DISC GOLFERS:
Due to the close proximity of the disc golf course to the wooded areas used for special management deer hunts, the course will be closed to the public during all such events. In addition to the management deer hunts in October an additional hunt will be held in December. Please mark your calendars with the following dates for closures: 3-6 October, 18-20 October, and December 12-15, 2014. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.
REMINDER - All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), All-Terrain Cycles (ATC), Utility Vehicles (UTVs) and Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs) – Many areas prohibit the use of these vehicles, so be careful to observe all signs and bulletin boards. Unless otherwise posted, ATCs may be used at Arkabutla Lake only to enter or leave a specific site for hunting and/or fishing purposes. The wear of a DOT-approved helmet is also required. Recreational riding and mud riding are not permitted at Arkabutla Lake. Off-road use by all other vehicles is strictly prohibited. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Vicksburg District has a new APP!
The app is a great source for learning about the services offered by the District. Here are some of the items contained in the app:
• Water level observations for the District and forecasts from the National Weather Service
• Info on how to sell your goods and services to the Corps of Engineers
• Social media, news and photos from the District’s Public Affairs Office
• Info from the District’s Emergency Management Office for times of crisis
• Permitting info and notices from our Regulatory Office
• Tons of info on all of the recreation areas in the District
• Free map downloads of maps of major rivers including the Mississippi
• Ways to find our offices in the District and contact us here at HQ
Life Jackets are Mandatory at MS Lakes
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:
Dsto County – 662-429-1470
Tate County – 662-562-4434
Your Safety - Our Concern
Arkabutla Lake – Policy
Duck Blind Policy
– Effective since March 2009, duck blind permits are no longer being issued. Only temporary/portable blinds for waterfowl hunting are permitted. All blinds and associated applications (decoys, camouflage, etc.) must be removed from project lands on a daily basis and may not remain on the project overnight. Blinds that use nails, screws, or spikes to attach to trees are strictly prohibited. Placement of duck blinds shall not be used as a means of reserving a favorite hunting location. This policy has been instituted to provide an equal opportunity to all project users and to also provide a safer environment for the visiting public.
Deer Stand Policy
– Effective since March 2009, Arkabutla Lake no longer allows deer stands to be left overnight on Government Property. Past practices associated with the Deer Stand Policy led many users to the mistaken conclusion that a given area of public property was reserved by the deer stand owners. This was never the intent of the deer stand policy. This updated policy was instituted to provide an equal opportunity to all project users and to also provide a safer environment for the visiting public. Portable hunting stands, climbing devices, steps, or blinds that are not nailed or screwed into trees may be used. These portable hunting stands, climbing devices, steps, or blinds must be occupied at all times. Fixed tower stands and shooting houses are prohibited. Stands or structures that are found violation of this policy shall be considered an unauthorized structure and will be subject to summary removal or impoundment by project personnel. Questions and Comments may be directed to Arkabutla Lake Field Office at the following email address: email@example.com
Mandatory Life Jacket Wear
– Mandatory wear life jacket rules will be enforced on the Vicksburg District’s four north Mississippi lakes – Arkabutla, Sardis, Enid, ad Grenada. For more information, contact the MS Project Management Office at 662.578.3873 or any of the lake field offices – Arkabutla Lake 662.562.6261, Sardis Lake 662.563.4531, Enid Lake 662.563.4571, and Grenada Lake 662.226.5911.
All Terrain Cycles (ATC)
– Many areas prohibit ATC use, so be careful to observe all signs and bulletin boards. Unless otherwise posted, ATCs may be used at Arkabutla Lake only to enter or leave a specific site for hunting and/or fishing purposes. The wear of a DOT-approved helmet is also required. Recreational riding and mud riding are not permitted at Arkabutla Lake. Off-road use by all other vehicles is strictly prohibited. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.