US Army Corps of Engineers
Vicksburg District

Welcome to Enid Lake


Enid Lake is one of the four lakes in North Mississippi operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Construction on the Enid Lake Project began in 1947 and was completed in December 1952. Enid Lake is part of the Yazoo Headwater Project, which was designed to help protect the Mississippi Delta from flooding. Although the primary mission of Enid Lake is Flood Risk Management, other important missions include Environmental Stewardship, Recreation Management, Natural Resource Management, Water Supply and Support to Others. Enid Lake is located approximately 1 mile off U.S. Interstate-55, 72 miles south of Memphis, TN and 140 miles north of Jackson, MS. The Enid Project encompasses over 44,000 acres and provides runoff and precipitation control  in the Yocona River drainage basin.


At Enid Lake you will find some of the most modern camping facilities in the region. Our campgrounds are extremely popular among camping enthusiasts. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Enid Lake maintains and operates 5 Class A campgrounds which include: Wallace Creek, Persimmon Hill, Chickasaw Hill, Ford's Well and Water Valley Landing. Enid Lake not only provides premier camping opportunities, but offers many other recreational opportunities including hiking, boating, swimming, picnicking, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, and wildlife viewing. Enid Lake has been recognized as one of America’s Top 10 Fishing Spots, and Enid’s Persimmon Hill Campground has been selected as one of America’s Top 100 Family Campgrounds twice by the National Recreation Reservation Service. Not only is Enid Lake a camper's dream, it is also home of the world record white crappie which weighed an impressive 5 pounds 3 ounces.


Enid Lake has a Visitor Information Center that offers an array of informational materials, such as, brochures, project regulations, camping information and area maps.  You will also find several interesting exhibits and displays that explain the missions of the Corps at Enid Lake.  The Visitor Information Center is open weekdays from 7:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. 

Browse our website to learn more about Enid Lake.  Then stop in for a visit.  We look forward to serving you!


 You can now visit Enid Lake from the comfort of your own computer! Click on the link below to check out the Enid Lake Virtual Tour. You can view a campsite, see pavilions, or just do some sightseeing. Click on a recreation area on the map to see 360 degree photos in that area!

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Contact Enid Lake

Enid Lake Field Office
264 County Road 39
Enid, MS 38927

Phone: 662-563-4571
FAX: 662-563-2481

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Enid Lake News & Events

Enid Lake Bridge Closure

As a precautionary measure, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District is closing the Enid Lake access bridge on Pope Road adjacent to the visitor center and fish hatchery off Interstate 55. The bridge is closed until further notice. 

All Enid Lake boat ramps and campgrounds are open. Motorists visiting Enid Lake should be prepared to detour around the bridge closure. 

Traffic has been rerouted around a four mile detour. Drivers are advised to follow the detour signs, reduce speeds and be cautious while using this temporary detour.



Two Recreational Policies Change for North Mississippi Corps Lakes

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District  announces the update of two recreational policies at Arkabutla, Sardis, Enid, and Grenada Lakes effective June 1, 2018.

 Policy updates are for the length of stay in campgrounds and the use of low speed vehicles in campgrounds. The length of stay for camping at Arkabutla, Enid, Grenada, and Sardis lakes is 14 consecutive days. At the end of a camper's 14-day stay, the camper may apply for an extension for up to 14 additional days. During the peak season of March-October, one extension may be granted per visit for a total stay of 28 consecutive days. In non-peak season, November-February, up to two extensions may be granted per visit for a total stay of 42 consecutive days.

At the end of the campers' stay, they must leave the campground for 14 days before returning, but may move to another campground at the same lake during this time. Prior to this, the lakes had different peak seasons and length of stay policies differed from lake to lake and sometimes campground to campground.

The low speed vehicle policy will primarily affect golf cart users within campgrounds. For many years, campers have been allowed to operate golf carts within campgrounds at these lakes. This policy update will limit golf cart use to only persons with permanent disabilities. Persons who wish to operate a golf cart in campgrounds at Arkabutla, Enid, Grenada, or Sardis will be required to obtain a free permit from the field offices at each of these lakes. Each permit may be used for a period of one calendar year, and permit holders will be given a decal to affix to their golf carts.

Safety plays a key role in the update of the low speed vehicle policy. Many of the roads at these campgrounds are narrow, which makes navigating difficult for the numerous large vehicles and campers. Reducing the amount of cart traffic will significantly decrease the likelihood of a serious accident. Updating these policies will ensure a more consistent visitor experience, not only among the North Mississippi Lakes, but also within other Corps projects in the state.







All persons placing structure(s) in Sardis, Arkabutla, Grenada, and Enid lakes must abide by the terms outlined in the following regulations according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) Title 36.

The placement of untreated, wooden structures in the lake basin for the purpose of fish habitat is authorized. Artificial wooden "grabbling structures" are also authorized. Natural structures may not be altered and used to "hand fish" from. Other structures made of plastic, PVC, metal, and other non-biodegradable materials are NOT allowed. Any person(s) installing a structure not in compliance with this regulation may be subject to a citation under Title 36.

The placement of trees are allowed along with an appropriately sized anchoring device which may be made of concrete, brick, or stone. Any anchor(s) other than these approved materials will be in violation and subject to fines and penalties.

Structures may not be placed within 300 feet of any designated swimming area or beach. These structures should not be placed in any areas  where they may become boating hazards such as directly below or adjacent to any boat ramp.

Cultural Resource Protection – Visitors are reminded that the removal of historical and archaeological features (material from old house sites, arrowheads, human remains, etc.) is prohibited. 

If caught, looters face arrest, fines of up to $20,000 and imprisonment for disturbing these safeguarded areas.



Life Jackets are Mandatory at MS Lakes

The following life jacket rules are being enforced at all four of the Vicksburg District-North Mississippi lakes – Arkabutla, Sardis, Enid, and Grenada:

• All persons must wear a US Coast Guard-approved life jacket at all times while swimming outside of designated swimming areas.

• All persons must wear a US Coast Guard-approved life jacket at all times while skiing or being pulled by a vessel, regardless of vessel length.

• All persons must wear a US Coast Guard-approved life jacket on powered vessels 16 to 26 feet in length whenever under power by the main propulsion unit.

• All persons must wear a US Coast Guard-approved life jacket at all times on powered vessels less than 16 feet in length or on non-powered vessels regardless of length.

For more information, contact the Enid Lake Field Office at 662.563.4571 or the MS Project Management Office at 662.578.3873 or 662.712.1201.