USACE Vicksburg District announces temporary outlet closure at Arkabutla Lake

USACE Vicksburg District
Published Jan. 24, 2022

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District announces the outlet gates at Arkabutla Lake will be temporarily closed starting Jan. 25.

The expected to last through Jan. 28 while personnel conduct routine inspections of the outlet tunnel. Arkabutla Lake will not make any downstream releases through the dam during this time. The recreation facilities adjacent to either side of the outlet channel will remain open. The inspections will require the closure of a small parking lot on the north side of the outlet channel.  

For additional information, contact the Arkabutla Lake Field Office 662-562-6261.

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 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.

Arkabutla Lake Field Office

Release no. 22-005