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The USACE Vicksburg District owns and operates more than 100 recreation areas across Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana where millions of visitors enjoy fishing, camping, hunting, boating, hiking, swimming, geocaching, and more every year. The district’s 10 flood-control reservoirs across Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana provide numerous benefits to the region, including flood risk management, hydropower, water supply, wildlife management, and recreation.


 

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Press Releases

  • USACE introduces new Regulatory Request System online application portal

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is introducing its new Regulatory Request System, an online application portal that allows the public to submit permit applications and other information when requesting permission to dredge, fill or conduct activities in jurisdictional wetlands and waters of the U.S.
  • USACE Vicksburg District (MVK) Utilizes “Big Juicy” to Improve Navigation in Lake Providence, Louisiana

    VICKSBURG, Miss. – Last week, a team from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District’s River Operations Branch completed the removal of approximately 3,500 cubic yards of large rocks and other material from Lake Providence in northeast Louisiana.
  • Heavy Rainfall in Coldwater River Basin Expected to Raise Arkabutla Lake Levels Above 215’

    Vicksburg, Miss – Lake levels at Arkabutla Dam are expected to rise well above 215’ and remain high for close to three weeks as spring rains continue. A potential breach emergency WATCH status at Arkabutla Dam remains in effect and 24-hour monitoring of the dam will begin once levels hit the 215’ mark. This potential breach is associated with observed signs of distress discovered in May 2023. The physical condition of the dam is unchanged, and a dam breach is NOT imminent.
  • Mississippi River Commission schedules high-water inspection trip

    The Mississippi River Commission will conduct its annual high-water inspection trip on the Mississippi River, April 8-12, 2024.
  • Solar Eclipse Information for Lake Ouachita, Lake Greeson and DeGray Lake

    VICKSBURG, Miss. – In advance of the upcoming total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, Lake Ouachita, Lake Greeson and DeGray Lake are expecting HIGH visitation. Facilities will be impacted with full parking lots in the campgrounds, boat rams and day use parking lots. We are urging visitors coming to any of these lakes to carpool and minimize multiple vehicles per party.
  • UPDATE: Notice to Proceed issued on Interim Repairs at Arkabutla Dam

    Vicksburg, Miss – Interim risk reduction measures continue at Arkabutla Dam, located in DeSoto and Tate Counties in Northwest Mississippi. On February 27, a contract was awarded to Frontier Services, Inc. for the installation of six relief wells with lateral discharges, installation of additional piezometers (groundwater monitoring devices), and automation of the monitoring system at the dam.
  • Vicksburg District Partners with We Work the Waterways

    VICKSBURG, Miss. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District partnered with Inland River Ports and Terminals to host a We Work the Waterways event on Feb. 15 at The Jesse Brent Lower Mississippi River Museum. The event is an immersive interaction day to educate high school students in the area on the importance of waterborne transportation and the diversity of career pathways available on the waterways. We Work the Waterways brings the industry to the students; through education, hands-on learning, and engaging with maritime representatives.
  • UPDATE: Arkabutla Dam Emergency: Lake levels drop below 204 feet

    Vicksburg, Miss – Lake levels at Arkabutla Dam dropped below 204’ to 203.77 at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, 22 FEB. which greatly decreases the potential of a breach situation. Lake levels at Arkabutla Dam, located in DeSoto and Tate Counties in Northwest Mississippi, can fluctuate quickly especially during the rainy season. The target lake level is below 210’ and the district is proactively working to keep the level at approximately 204’ which provides leeway in the pool level during the wet season.
  • Public Meetings scheduled for Mississippi River study - (Update: Virtual Meetings added)

    NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host public scoping meetings for the Lower Mississippi River Comprehensive Management Study (LMR Comp) at venues throughout the study area between Feb. 27 and March 11.
  • UPDATE: Arkabutla Dam Emergency: Lake levels drop below 210 feet

    Vicksburg, Miss – Lake levels at Arkabutla Dam have dropped below 210’ which greatly decreases the potential of a breach situation. Lake levels at Arkabutla Dam, located in DeSoto and Tate Counties in Northwest Mississippi, can fluctuate quickly especially during the rainy season. Last week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District increased the potential breach emergency status at Arkabutla Dam from ALERT to WATCH because reservoir levels rose to over 210’ due to precipitation and snow/ice melt in the Arkabutla Lake drainage basin. Because lake levels fluctuate quickly, the WATCH designation will continue through the rainy season.