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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. 


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Arkabutla Lake News & Events

Upcoming Events


No events scheduled at this time.

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.


Pratt Road is now open to the public.


Arkabutla Lake has risen to well above recreation or “summer” water levels.  Because water levels are so high, many outlying access areas are completely or partially underwater.  Due to safety hazards, Pleasant Hill and Highway 51 Landing recreation areas are closed.  The top of the Dam will be closed to thoroughfare traffic until further notice.  We welcome everyone to come out and see the unusually high water levels, but please adhere to signage indicating closures of facilities and areas.


New Fees – 1 Jan 2016

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.


Based upon recommendations provided by field employees and public feedback, the following amendments have been made to the Off-Road Policy implemented 1 October 2015:

  • General Authorization for ORV Use: ORVs are authorized for off-road use on Subject Lands in accordance with COE rules and with other applicable laws, regulations or restrictions. Nothing in these rules should be construed to authorize operation of ORVs on public roads or highways in violation of Mississippi law.
  • Age Requirements: Persons less than 16 years of age are prohibited from operating an ORV unless they are licensed or in possession of a safety course completion certificate, as provided in Rule 6, and they are accompanied by a licensed driver 21 years of age or older.




Beginning 1 October 2015, the following rules will be enforced at Arkabutla Lake:

  • Helmet Requirement.  Anyone operating, riding on, or being carried by an Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) must at all times wear a U.S. Department of Transportation-approved helmet.
  • License Requirement.  Drivers must possess a state-issued driver's license or a certificate of completion of an ATV Safety Course as provided in Mississippi Code Ann § 63-31-3, except in an emergency situation.
  • Age Requirement/Responsible Operation.  No drivers may be under 16 years of age and all vehicles shall be operated in accordance with posted restrictions and regulations and in accordance with applicable Federal, state, and local laws.
  • Natural Resource/Environmental Protection.  No person may operate an ORV in streams, creeks, ditches, pools, ponds, lakes, wetlands, impoundments, or other permanent, intermittent or seasonal water bodies, except to ford at the lowest practicable safe speed, in a manner to cause the least damage to banks and beds, when necessary to continue travel.
  • Hours of Operation.  No person may operate an ORV between the hours of one hour after sunset and one hour prior to sunrise except for purposes of hunting and fishing only.

A link has been provided in the section above to a complete copy of these rules.

For more information, please contact Arkabutla Lake Field Office at 662.562.6261.

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.


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

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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