Vicksburg, Miss… Don’t let recent heavy rains and high water levels dampen your upcoming outing to the lake or river. The Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District is advising visitors to check reservations to ensure campsites, boat ramps and day-use-areas are not closed.
To check the status of Corps recreation facilities please visit www.recreation.gov, call 877-444-6777 or visit Vicksburg District recreation site on the World Wide Web at www.bitly.com/MVKrec.
The Corps wants to remind boaters that high waters levels can make boating more hazardous. Officials advise boaters and anglers to prepare for these conditions and use extra caution. When you are boating, no matter how high the water, always wear a life jacket. You should also remember to use the boat’s kill switch and slow down to watch for submerged debris.
Use caution when launching because high water can make ramps tricky. Be patient, if others take a little longer than normal. When boating near the shore or in coves, go slow to avoid underwater obstacles such as signposts, picnic tables, trees, stumps and other obstructions that are normally on dry ground.
Higher lake levels and increased flows on the rivers have washed debris from the fall and winter into the lakes and rivers adding boating hazards. Lake levels and river flows will continue to be higher than normal as summer approaches.
As more information becomes available, the Corps will provide it. You can always visit our website at www.mvk.usace.army.mil or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vicksburgusace or follow us on
Twitter at www.twitter.com/vicksburgusace.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the world's largest public engineering organization and has a firm commitment to preserving and enhancing our natural environment. The Corps is the largest federal provider of outdoor and water-based recreation in the nation. The Vicksburg District encompasses a 68,000-square-mile area across portions of Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana.
Release no. 15-036