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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

  • Potential Breach Emergency Status increased to **WATCH** at Arkabutla Dam

    Vicksburg, Miss – Earlier today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a potential dam breach WATCH for Arkabutla Dam located in DeSoto and Tate Counties in Northwest Mississippi. The physical condition of the dam is unchanged, and a dam breach is NOT imminent. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District has increased the potential breach emergency status at Arkabutla Dam from ALERT to WATCH because of increasing reservoir levels due to the recent weeklong precipitation and snow/ice melt in the Arkabutla Lake drainage basin.
  • Temporary closure of shower buildings and comfort stations at Lake Ouachita

    VICKSBURG, Miss. – In advance of the upcoming inclement weather, Lake Ouachita is temporarily closing or partially closing shower buildings and comfort stations across the project beginning today. These facilities are not built to sustain prolonged extreme low temperatures. Facilities are expected to be reopened on 18 January 2024. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • USACE Vicksburg District announces new Assistant in the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Office

    VICKSBURG, Miss. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District is pleased to announce the appointment of Timothy O. Haggarty as the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Assistant. The EEO office leads, manages, and monitors the EEO programs; develops and implements affirmative employment plans; and manages the EEO discrimination complaint programs in an effective, efficient and responsive manner.
  • USACE Vicksburg District Mat Sinking Unit forges ahead with revetment mission

    VICKSBURG, Miss. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District Mat Sinking Unit (MSU) kicked off revetment season on the Mississippi River, Wednesday, following a delay to make critical repairs to the mooring barge.
  • Army Corps of Engineers waives day use fees at recreation areas in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will waive day use fees at its more than 2,850 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 15.
  • Narrows Dam/Lake Greeson to Halt Hydropower Production for Repairs

    Vicksburg, Miss. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, during recent maintenance activities on the trash racks at Narrows Dam at Lake Greeson, Arkansas, identified a need for repairs to the metal structure supporting the trash racks. Trash racks are metal grates preventing large debris from entering and damaging the turbans used for creating hydropower, and do not affect the integrity or effectiveness of Narrows Dam.
  • Arkabutla Lake Highlights Access Points during low water

    Vicksburg, Miss. – Arkabutla Lake has experienced low water conditions since the Emergency Action Plan for Arkabutla Dam was activated in early May due to issues identified on the dam. The lake will continue to see lower than normal water levels for the foreseeable future until repairs are completed. As the lake level was lowered, most of the traditional water access points became unusable and have remained that way. Currently the only consistent water access point is via a gravel ramp at Hwy. 51 Landing. Boaters, including non-powered vessel users such as kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards must continue to abide by mandatory Personal Flotation Device (lifejacket) wear rules.
  • USACE Vicksburg District’s Arkabutla Lake announces date for Bald Eagle Survey

    VICKSBURG, Miss. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District announces that Arkabutla Lake will host its annual Bald Eagle Survey on January 6th from 7:00-11:00 a.m. Participants will meet at the Arkabutla Lake Field Office located at 5500 Arkabutla Dam Rd, Hernando, MS 38632 at 7:00 a.m.
  • Red River - Lindy C. Boggs Lock Set to Reopen Saturday, November 18, 2023

    Vicksburg, Miss. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District is pleased to announce that the Lindy C. Boggs Lock, will resume locking vessels beginning on Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 6:00 a.m. The lock will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • USACE Vicksburg District celebrates Ouachita River levee resurfacing project completion as part of Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Tensas Basin Levee District partnership

    VICKSBURG, Miss. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District celebrated the completion of the Ouachita River Levee Crown Gravel Resurfacing Project Nov. 20 in Columbia, Louisiana, near the Riverton Recreation Area.