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USACE Vicksburg District announces lake level and seasonal recreation closures at north Mississippi lakes

USACE Vicksburg District
Published Oct. 7, 2022

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District has closed several boat ramps and recreation areas at Arkabutla, Sardis, Enid, and Grenada Lakes for the season.

Each year, lake levels are lowered beginning in late summer to provide storage for rainfall in the spring.  As lake levels drop, some boat ramps will become unusable.

At Arkabutla Lake, Highway 51 Landing and Coldwater Point boat ramps are currently unusable for boat launching.

At Sardis Lake, most upper lake ramps are still usable. Sleepy Bend Campground has closed for the season.

Enid Lake has closed all swim areas for the season. Bynum boat ramp is currently unusable, and Water Valley Landing is expected to close by the weekend.

Grenada Lake has closed Willow Run, Blue Hole and Old Fort recreation areas for the season.

For more information, contact the Arkabutla Lake Field Office at 662-562-6261, Sardis Lake Field Office at 662-563-4531, Enid Lake Field Office at 662-563-4571 or Grenada Lake Field Office at 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 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. 22-089