VICKSBURG, MISS… Due to anticipated heavy rain, Pratt
Road will close at noon on March 30, 2016. Pratt road (State Scenic Route 304)
is in Tate County near Arkabutla Lake and is below the overflow spillway.
will cease all public access from Tate County past the dam to points north and
west. The expected duration of closure is unknown at this time.
begin to remove the approximately 200 feet of concrete barriers which line both
sides of the road as it crosses the spillway.
As of Tuesday
afternoon, the lake was at 238.2 feet which is approximately 1 tenth of a foot
below the spillway. Additional rain
which is forecast in the basin for the next 48 hours increases the likelihood
that water will begin flowing over the spillway.
several boat ramps are closed to high water including Highway 51 Ramp,
Coldwater Point Ramp and Pleasant Hill Ramp.
These ramps will reopen as soon as lake levels allow.
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
$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
Release no. 16-012