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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 are planned 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. 


Due to the recent rainfall and rising lake levels, the beach at Hernando Point has been closed.  For safety reasons the area will remain closed until the lake level drops and the beach is no longer under water.  The Arkabutla Lake management staff thanks you for your patience and cooperation


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.  All applicants must be legal residents of the State of Mississippi and at least 16 years of age.  Applications will be available for pick up on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at the Arkabutla Lake Field Office.  The deadline for submitting applications is August 27, 2014, at 3:00 p.m.  A public drawing will be held at the Arkabutla Lake Field Office on September 3, 2014, at 9:00 a.m.  If you have any questions about the hunt or need an application, please contact Park Ranger Brandi Harms at 662.301.4562.


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:


Warm Weather Activities at Arkabutla Lake    

With warm weather finally setting in after a long, there are numerous recreational opportunities available at Arkabutla Lake for everyone. 

Although the crappie spawn, which occurs during March and April, is over there is still excellent fishing in the lake proper or 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

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