Vicksburg, Miss… The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District will host the 2014 Fish Habitat Day Saturday, 15 February 2014 at Grenada Lake. The date is subject to change if unfavorable weather conditions occur, or if the lake level is too high.
Volunteers are asked to report to the Hugh White State Park Lodge Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. The event will consist of volunteers placing stake beds in the lake bottom and coves to create and improve the fish habitat. This year, stake beds will be constructed in the Gibbs Hollow and Wolf Creek areas.
Volunteers will use their all-terrain vehicles (ATV’s) to haul the stakes and equipment to the designated areas. Use of an ATV is restricted to one person per ATV and the operators must wear an approved Department of Transportation helmet. Volunteers are encouraged to bring protective eyewear and gloves, sledge hammers and fence post drivers. Volunteers will return to the lodge for lunch and door prizes.
As reservoirs age, flooded timber and brush deteriorate, leaving aquatic life with less protective cover. Replacing the cover and bedding areas are important in maintaining healthy fish populations. This will also provide an opportunity for beginner and experienced fishermen to improve their knowledge of the fishing structures around the lake. For more information contact Keith Gaskin at the Grenada Lake Field Office at 662-226-5911.
Although the primary mission of Vicksburg District’s four Mississippi lakes is flood damage risk reduction, over 1.5 million individuals visit the recreational areas annually to enjoy the camping, playgrounds, swimming areas, several types of trails, fishing, boat ramps, marinas, and marina slips. They also contribute an estimated 200 jobs and approximately $99.5 million into the local economy with nearly 5 million visitors each year. For more information visit our website. www.mvk.usace.army.mil
Release no. 14-015