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Project News and Notes

Upcoming Events

January 23-26, 2013    Calhoun County Fox Hunt (East end of Grenada Lake)

For more information about special events at Grenada Lake, call the field office at 662.226.5911.

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 lief 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 Grenada Lake Field Office at 662.226.5911 or the MS Project Management Office at 662-578.3873 or 662.712.1201.

Press Releases

  • Vicksburg District Announces Promotion of Chief of Emergency Management

    Vicksburg, Miss. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District, is proud to announce the promotion of Cpt. David M. Kenna to the military rank of Major. Maj. Kenna was commissioned in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in December 2005, and joined the District in April 2014. He serves as chief of the emergency management branch of Operations Division. His duties include developing plans and directing execution of such plans for natural and national emergency situations within the District’s tri-state area of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. He also serves as advisor to the Commander on policy applicability, project eligibility, and operational procedures concerning emergency activities.
  • Scenic Route 304 (Pratt Road) Reopens in DeSoto County

    VICKSBURG, MISS… Pratt Road (State Scenic Route 304) in DeSoto County, reopened April 25, 2016. Pratt Road is near Arkabutla Lake, below the overflow spillway. This re-opening allows for all public access from DeSoto County past the dam to points north and west. The road has been closed for the past 26 days due to water flowing over the road from the Arkabutla emergency spillway.
  • Scenic Route 304 (Pratt Road) to Close In Tate County

    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. This closure 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.
  • Mississippi River Commission schedules high-water inspection trip

    VICKSBURG, Miss., -- The Mississippi River Commission will conduct its annual high-water inspection trip on the Mississippi River April 11-15, 2016.
  • Flooding in Central Louisiana Causes Corps 24 Hour Surveillance

    Vicksburg, Miss…Due to the higher than normal amount of rainfall in the Shreveport/Bossier City area and most of central Louisiana, the Corps’ Vicksburg District have made preparations for Phase II Flood Fighting. Preparations have been made to increase the level of response (24 hour surveillance) for monitoring the flood, looking for overtopping, seepages, as well as slides.
  • High Water Causing Closing of Corps Visitor Centers

    Vicksburg, Miss…Due to high water, the J. Bennett Johnston Waterway Regional Visitor Center and the Grand Encore Visitor Center will be closed until next week. Both visitor centers are expected to reopen for normal business on Wednesday, March 16, 2016.
  • Temporary Closure to Sardis Lake Access Point

    Vicksburg, Miss… The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announces that beginning March 1, 2016, construction of a new gravel parking lot will begin on the Old Sardis Road access point on the south side of Sardis Lake. Known by many as the End of the Road, the area is popular with local visitors and college students. It serves as an access point for portions of the shoreline between the Clear Creek and Coontown Recreation areas.
  • District Names Chief of its Design Branch

    VICKSBURG, MISS…The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District recently selected David Wallace as chief of its Design Branch of Engineering Division. In this position, Wallace will be responsible for supervising and managing the branch to provide engineering design activities to support the Vicksburg District’s (District) civil works program. The civil works-engineering program consists of major construction of navigation locks and dams, flood control dams and reservoirs, channel improvements, floodwalls, pumping stations, and road and railroad relocations.
  • Arkabutla Lake Expands Trail System

    VICKSBURG, MISS…Arkabutla Lake staff of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is partnering with the North Mississippi Trail Alliance (NMTA) to expand its system of trails. The Hernando Point Trail will be one of the trails in north Mississippi that the NMTA members are developing and maintaining.
  • Arkabutla Lake Hosts Annual Fish Habitat Day

    VICKSBURG, Miss… The public is invited to participate in the annual Fish Habitat Day to be held February 20, 2016 at Arkabutla Lake. This annual event will be the hauling of discarded Christmas trees to the bottom of the lake and stake beds in the coves to create and improve fish habitat at Arkabutla Lake.