Upcoming Events at Enid Lake
National Safe Boating Week will be observed during the week of May 18-24, 2013. Boat Smart! Boat Safe! Wear your life jacket, observe boating laws, and be considerate of others while on the water!
For more information about the events listed above, call the Enid Lake Field Office at 662-563-4571.
ATV’s and the Great Outdoors
Over the past several years, the recreational sport of All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) riding has become increasingly popular at Enid Lake. However, the increased ATV traffic has prompted the Enid Lake Staff to institute an educational campaign to remind users of the safety and environmental concerns associated with ATV usage. Riders are encouraged to participate in Tread Lightly!, Inc. which is an educational program dedicated to increasing the public’s awareness of how to enjoy the great outdoors while minimizing the impacts of recreational use.
It is imperative that riders practice safety and follow all rules and regulations while riding or using ATVs for recreational or work-related purposes at Enid Lake. According to Title 36, Rules and Regulations, it is unlawful to operate an ATV in a careless, negligent or reckless manner. Strict enforcement of all rules and regulations is intended to provide a safe environment for ATV operation.
Even though ATVs were built and designed for the effective navigation of rocky, muddy and root-covered terrain, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Enid Lake challenges all ATV riders to be environmentally conscious. Misuse of these machines can cause rutting and destroy sensitive wetland habitat, erode creek banks, and even destroy native plant species allowing invasive plant species to take over. Streambed riding is prohibited as it damages and destroys the sensitive aquatic life of both plants and animals. ATV’s/UTV’s are not allowed in campgrounds or any recreational area.
Each visitor comes to enjoy something different; they all have one common goal and that is to enjoy and utilize the great outdoors. With this in mind, we must also remind visitors that the public lands surrounding Enid Lake are for everyone’s enjoyment and it is the responsibility of each visitor to protect and preserve our public lands, and to respect other users.
The future of ATV use at Enid Lake depends upon responsible riding, respecting other visitors, being environmentally conscious, and abiding by all rules and regulations.
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 – 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.
• All persons must wear a US Coast Guard-approved life jacket at all ties while skiing or being pulled by a vessel, regardless of vessel length.
• All persons must wear a US Coast Guard-approved life jacket on powered vessels 16 to 26 feet in length whenever under power by the main propulsion unit.
• All persons must wear a US Coast Guard-approved life jacket at all times on powered vessels less than 16 feet in length or on non-powered vessels regardless of length.
For more information, contact the Enid Lake Field Office at 662.563.4571 or the MS Project Management Office at 662.578.3873 or 662.712.1201.