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Vicksburg District announces fall, winter recreation schedules for Arkansas lakes

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District
Published Aug. 21, 2020

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District has announced fall and winter schedules for campgrounds and recreation areas across its Arkansas lakes, Lake Ouachita, DeGray Lake and Lake Greeson.

The following campgrounds at Lake Ouachita will be partially closed beginning 4 p.m. on Oct. 31 until March 1, 2021: Brady Mountain, Crystal Springs, Tompkins Bend, and Denby Point. Joplin Campground will close at 4 p.m. Sept. 30 and reopen March 1, 2021. Little Fir Campground will close at 4 p.m. October 31 and reopen March 1, 2021.

Campgrounds at Stephens Park and Twin Creek will remain open during this time.

The Spillway, Crystal Springs and Twin Creek day use areas will close Oct. 30 and reopen March 1, 2021. Hours upon reopening will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and change to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on April 12, 2021. Blakely Mountain Dam day use area will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 27, and will change to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on April 11, 2021.

Stephens Park and Avery day use areas will remain open and unaffected.

All recreation areas on the north side of Lake Ouachita, including Irons Fork, Avant, Buckville, Rabbit Tail and Cedar Fourche, will remain open. Janitorial services for these areas, including permanent and portable restrooms and trash services, will cease Sept. 30 and resume March 1, 2021. Free pack-in/pack-out camping will be available during this time.

The following campgrounds at Lake Greeson will be closed Nov. 1 and reopen March 1, 2021: Arrowhead, Buckhorn, Pikeville, Laurel Creek, Old Cowhide Cove, New Cowhide Cove (sites 1-9), Self Creek, Dam Area, West Kirby Landing (sites 35-79) and Jim Wylie.

Parker Creek and the remainder of New Cowhide Cove will close Dec. 15 and reopen March 1, 2021.

The following electrical sites are open all winter for a fee of $20 per night: East Kirby Landing, Weston Point and Dam Area. Star of the West will be open with no charge.

The following recreation areas at DeGray Lake will partially or completely close Oct. 31 and reopen March 1, 2021: Alpine Ridge, Arlie Moore, Point Cedar, Edgewood, Iron Mountain, Lakeview, Shouse Ford and Highway 7. Partially closed areas, other than Arlie Moore, as well as Lenox Marcus and Ozan Point recreation areas, will close completely on Dec. 1.

Off-season campground reservations at Lake Ouachita, Lake Greeson and DeGray Lake opened August 15 for Oct. 1 to April 30, 2021 via www.recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777. Reservation extension requests will be accepted and reviewed during this period.

For more information about operational changes or questions about recreation facilities in Arkansas, contact the Lake Ouachita Field Office at 501-767-2101, DeGray Lake Field Office at 870-246-5501, or Lake Greeson Field Office at 870-285-2151.

For COVID-19 related closures and updates at USACE Vicksburg District campgrounds, visit https://go.usa.gov/xwfVT.

The USACE Vicksburg District owns and operates more than 100 recreation areas across Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana where millions of visitors enjoy fishing, camping, hunting, boating, hiking, swimming, geocaching and more every year. The district’s 10 flood control reservoirs across Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana provide numerous benefits to the region, including flood risk management, hydropower, water supply, wildlife management and recreation.

The USACE Vicksburg District is engineering solutions to the nation’s toughest challenges. The Vicksburg 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.

Anna Owens

Release no. 20-066