US Army Corps of Engineers
Vicksburg District

Welcome to the Vicksburg District's Corps Lakes...

Aside from the water itself, the terrestrial resources that surround our lakes are valuable assets that sustain the exquisite nature of our 10 lakes.

Original congressional authorizations were limited in some cases to only one purpose, Flood Damage Reduction at our older projects. More recent authorization included multi-purpose functions such as Hydropower Production, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Stewardship, Water Supply, Public Recreation, as well as Flood Damage Reduction.

Everyone is encouraged to visit Vicksburg District Corps Projects, recognize the purpose of the project and enjoy the many opportunities provided to expand your knowledge of the outdoors and relax.  

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Bobber the Water Safety Dog

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Press Releases

  • Enid Lake Hosts Wounded Warrior Deer Hunt

    VICKSBURG, Miss…The second annual Wounded Warrior Deer Hunt has been scheduled for October 26-30, 2016 at Enid Lake of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District. The hunt will provide ten veterans the opportunity to harvest deer on approximately 700 acres of Corps land. These areas have been closed to all other hunting, resulting in a high deer density and a greater chance of harvest for the participants. These participants were selected by Wounded Warriors of Jackson.
  • District’s Safety Chief Retires with 47 Years of Service

    VICKSBURG, MISS…The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District’s Chief of the Safety and Occupational Health Office retired recently. After more than four decades of service to the federal government, Donny Weaver retired September 30, 2016. Weaver’s retirement brought closure to a long, successful and memorable career where he spent 43 of those years at the Vicksburg District.
  • Corps Waives Day Use Fees at Recreational Areas in Honor of Public Lands Day

    VICKSBURG, Miss…The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced today that it will waive day use fees at its more than 2,200 USACE-operated recreational areas nationwide in recognition of National Public Lands Day (NPLD) on September 24, 2016. On this day, fees normally charged at boat launch ramps and swimming beaches at its recreational areas nationwide will be waived.
  • Arkabutla Lake Annual Archery Hunt

    Vicksburg, Miss… Arkabutla Lake will host its special management archery deer hunt October 7-10, 2016, and October 21-24, 2016. The hunt will consist of two-day hunts with four hunts each day: October 7-8; October 9-10; October 21-22; and October 23-24.
  • Swim area closures for Corps lakes in northern Mississippi

    Vicksburg, Miss…Swimming areas at some of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes in northern Mississippi will be closing soon. Arkabutla, Sardis, Enid, and Grenada lakes have begun drawing down water levels as part of their normal flood control operations. Swimming areas at these lakes will be unusable due to cooler season temperatures and lower water levels. These areas typically open each spring and remain open during the summer recreational season, drawing thousands of visitors to each lake.
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers launches second year of Every Kid in a Park program

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced today it will continue its support of President Obama’s initiative Every Kid in a Park pass program, which officially begins its second year. Launched last year, the initiative gives fourth grade students and their families free access to federal lands and waters as well as some state parks for a full school year.
  • District Names Manager for Dam Safety Program

    VICKSBURG, MISS…The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District, recently selected Ryan Reves as its manager for the Dam Safety Program of the geotechnical branch of Engineering and Construction Division.
  • Mississippi River Commission to host public meeting at Natchez waterfront

    VICKSBURG, Miss… The Mississippi River Commission is conducting its annual low-water inspection trip on the Mississippi River August 14-19, 2016. August 17 at 2:00 p.m. a public meeting is scheduled aboard the Motor Vessel MISSISSIPPI in Natchez, MS so commission members have the opportunity to meet with local partners, stakeholders and residents and hear their concerns, ideas and issues. Anyone with an interest is invited to present their views and suggestions on matters affecting the water resources infrastructure needs in the valley, including flood control and the Mississippi River and Tributaries project, environmental issues, recreation, navigation and others.
  • Beach Closures at Sardis Lake

    Sardis , MS… . Due to low water conditions, swimming areas on the Lower Lake will be closed beginning August 4, 2016. Boating access will still be allowed on the Lower Lake, however, boaters are reminded to use caution during low water conditions. The water level in the Lower Lake has dropped over three feet since drawdown began on Monday, July 25.
  • Sardis Lake Conducting “De-Water” Inspections

    Vicksburg, Miss…The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District will begin conducting a “De-Water” inspection at Sardis Lake on August 12, 2016. During this time, the lower lake water level will be drawn down so that necessary inspections can be made in the conduit and outlet channel. The conduit is the oval shaped tunnel that carries water 560 feet from the gatehouse on the upper lake, through the dam, and empties into the outlet channel and the lower lake. The outlet channel area will be closed to fishing and public access until all inspections have been completed.