US Army Corps of Engineers
Vicksburg District

Arkabutla Lake Hosts Annual Fish Habitat Day

Published Jan. 20, 2016
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 levees. The district is engaged in hundreds of projects and supports disaster response in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee.

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 levees. The district is engaged in hundreds of projects and supports disaster response in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee.

VICKSBURG, Miss… The public is invited to participate in the annual Fish Habitat Day to be held February 20, 2016 at Arkabutla Lake. This annual event will be the hauling of discarded Christmas trees to the bottom of the lake and stake beds in the coves to create and improve fish habitat at Arkabutla Lake.

Volunteers should meet at the old Arkabutla Lake Field Office, 3905 Arkabutla Dam Road in Coldwater at 7:30 a.m. to sign the appropriate volunteer forms. Volunteers attending the 7:30 a.m. briefing may use their ATV to haul the trees and stakes out to the lake’s bottom. The usage of an ATV is restricted to one person per ATV and all operators must wear an approved Department of Transportation helmet.

Volunteers are encouraged to dress appropriately as the placing of the trees will be done in muddy conditions. Volunteers are also encouraged to bring items such as protective eyewear, protective gloves, sledge hammer, fence post driver, etc.

This event will be an excellent opportunity for a beginner or experienced fishermen to improve their knowledge of the fishing structures at Arkabutla Lake while enhancing the protection of natural resources for future generations. (The date for this event is subject to change if unfavorable conditions occur or if the lake level becomes too high).

For more information on Fish Habitat Day at Arkabutla Lake please contact Clayton Buford at (662)
562-6261, ext. 14581.

Although the primary mission of Arkabutla Lake is flood damage risk reduction, approximately 855,000 individuals visit Arkabutla Lake annually to enjoy the camping, playgrounds, swimming areas, several types of trails, fishing, boat ramps and marinas. The lake traffic brings approximately $14,000,000 annually to the local economy and supports almost 250 jobs. Arkabutla Lake is one of the four lakes in Mississippi maintained and operated by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District. Information on Corps lakes and recreational areas can be found on the Vicksburg District Operations Division’s website at http://www.mvk.usace.army.mil/lakes/.

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Contact
Shirley Smith
601-631-5223
shirley.j.smith@usace.army.mil

Release no. 16-005