Vicksburg, Mississippi……The Corps of Engineers (Corps) Vicksburg District’s Louisiana Field Office (LFO) will provide a boating and water safety booth at “Get Hooked on Fishing Day” on June 29, an event presented by the Caddo Parish Parks and Recreation Department and sponsors. This will be the 22nd annual event and will be held at the Earl G. Williamson Park in Oil City, Louisiana, located on Caddo Lake.
Corps’ LFO rangers from the Bayou Bodcau Dam and Reservoir office will offer recreational and educational information by setting up a boating and water safety booth to show a simulated boating accident. In addition, they will demonstrate proper life jacket fittings, answer questions about boating and water safety, and give away various items to participants.
Sponsors include the Louisiana Department of Fish and Wildlife, Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office Lake Patrol, Caddo Parish Fire Department District 7, and others. Activities will include a fun and educational fishing clinic with stations that feature fish identification and biology, casting, boating safety, environmental education and a pier fishing contest.
The Vicksburg District encompasses a 68,000-square-mile area across portions of Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana. The Louisiana Field Office provides day-use activities and camping at the Ouachita-Black River, Red River, Bayou Bodcau, Caddo Lake and Wallace Lake. These three river systems and two lakes have an annual attendance totaling over 1.2 million, supporting approximately 200 jobs and adding approximately $13 million into the local economy.
To learn more about the Corps’ recreation program, visit their website. http://www.mvk.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation.aspx
Release no. 13-066