17-23 MAY National Safe Boating Week
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.
Warm Weather Activities at Arkabutla Lake
Spring is here and summer isn't far behind! With warm weather finally setting in after a long, drawn out winter, there are numerous recreational opportunities available at Arkabutla Lake for everyone.
The crappie spawn, which occurs during March and April, draws anglers from near and far to pursue the massive Black and White Crappie that Arkabutla Lake is known for. 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 eight 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. Multiple hiking trails, ranging from less than a quarter of a mile to over five miles, consisting of swinging bridges, benches, and directional markers offer a chance to connect with nature. 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 for visitors. There is also an additional 9-hole disc golf course scheduled to open this summer. 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!
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.