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Boat ramp closures at Arkabutla Lake

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District announces that some boat ramps at Arkabutla Lake have closed due to lowering water levels. Coldwater Point and Highway 51 Landing have become unusable and other ramps are expected to become unusable within the coming week(s).

Water levels at Arkabutla Lake are being lowered so that engineers can properly inspect a depression found on the downstream slope of Arkabutla Dam and make plans for repairs. The lake will be lowered to a level of approximately 210’ and is expected to reach that level around mid-June. At that level, many of the boat ramps will become unusable. There is no current timeline available for the completion of inspections and repairs.

Based on the current rate of water release, the following ramps are expected to become unusable soon:

  • Coldwater Point: Currently closed as of 5/30/2023
  • Hwy 51 Landing: Currently closed as of 5/30/2023
  • Pleasant Hill: Anticipate closure on 6/1/2023
  • Hernando Point: Anticipate closure on 6/6/2023
  • Kelly’s Crossing: Anticipate Closure on 6/10/2023
  • Dub Patton: Anticipate Closure on 6/10/2023

These dates are not exact and may be influenced by changes in rainfall or release rates.

Bayou Point Boat Ramp will remain open at elevations above 209”.

Boaters are advised to use caution as underwater hazards may become exposed or remain seen just below the water level. For additional information, contact the Arkabutla Lake Field Office at 662-562-6261.

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