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Asphalt paving to begin at Lake Ouachita’s Brady Mountain, Stephens Park recreation areas

Published March 16, 2020

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District’s Lake Ouachita announced that an asphalt paving project will take place at the lake’s Brady Mountain and Stephens Park recreation areas from approximately March 23 to April 8.

The paving will begin at the Brady Mountain campground, which is currently closed for regular maintenance and is expected to reopen April 1. The Brady Mountain boat ramp and parking lot will be paved next, and work is expected to begin approximately two weeks after paving is completed at the campground. During the paving, the boat ramp and other nearby amenities and attractions, including the fish cleaning station, pavilion, swimming beach and overnight parking, will be closed. Visitors are encouraged to use the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission boat ramp, located near the Brady Mountain marina, which will remain open during that time.

After the paving at Brady Mountain is complete, work will begin at the Stephens Park campground, located by the Blakely Mountain Dam. Visitors camping overnight at Stephens Park will be notified seven days before the area will be closed for paving.

“Our team will continue to work closely with the paving contractors to reduce inconveniences to recreation area visitors,” said Lake Ouachita supervisory natural resources specialist Derick Walker. “We thank the public for their patience as we continue to enhance our facilities and provide them with the best possible recreation experience.”

For more information about the paving project as well as operations at Lake Ouachita, please contact the field office at 501-767-2101.

Located 10 miles west of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Lake Ouachita was built by USACE as part of a flood control, hydropower and navigation project. The lake was later authorized for recreation, water supply and wildlife management purposes.

The Vicksburg District is engineering solutions to the nation’s toughest challenges. The district encompasses a 68,000-square-mile area across portions of Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana that holds seven major river basins and incorporates approximately 460 miles of mainline Mississippi River levees. The district is engaged in hundreds of projects and employs approximately 1,100 personnel.

Jessica Dulaney

Release no. 20-022