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USACE Vicksburg District temporarily closes north Mississippi lake recreation areas due to high water

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District
Published June 11, 2021

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District has temporarily closed recreation areas at its four lakes in north Mississippi – Grenada, Enid, Sardis, and Arkabutla – due to high water from recent rainfall.

Areas closed at Grenada Lake include Main Beach and Bryant Campground.

Areas closed at Enid Lake include Persimmon Hill Beach, Chickasaw Hill Beach, and Plum Point Beach.

Areas closed at Sardis Lake include Engineer Point’s low water boat ramp and parking lot, Hurricane Landing’s high and low water boat ramps and parking lots, Coontown Crossing’s boat ramps, and Teckville Landing’s low water boat ramp and parking lot. The following access areas and roads are also closed: Riverside, Baker’s Field, Horn’s Ferry Road, and White’s Bottom Road.

Areas closed at Arkabutla Lake include the top of the dam road, Pleasant Hill, Oak Grove West Access, Baker Road, Coldwater Point, Highway 51 East Access, Diechtman’s Road Access, Highway 51 Landing, and Site 19 at South Abutment Campground.

Visitors to the lakes should avoid driving in flooded areas and should always heed posted signage regarding area closures.

Each of the four lakes received heavy rainfall within their respective watersheds during the past week. Additional recreation area closures are expected as lake levels continue to rise. The USACE Vicksburg District will provide updates as they become available.

For more information, contact the lake field offices:

Arkabutla Lake: 662-562-6261 or 662-292-1992

Sardis Lake: 662-563-4531

Enid Lake: 662-563-4571

Grenada Lake: 662-226-5911

Arkabutla, Sardis, Enid and Grenada lakes, the four Mississippi flood control reservoirs in the Vicksburg District’s area of responsibility, were authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1936, which provided a plan designed to address flooding that originated in the Yazoo Basin. The four reservoirs are used to hold runoff, or excess rainwater, as a flood-prevention measure. With approximately 3.2 million visitors each year, the north Mississippi lakes also contribute approximately $82 million into the local economy.

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 nine major river basins and incorporates approximately 460 miles of mainline Mississippi River levees. The Vicksburg District is engaged in hundreds of projects and employs approximately 1,100 personnel.


Jessica Dulaney

Release no. 21-039