From Press Reports
The Vicksburg District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will accelerate the annual drawdown of Grenada Lake by one month in order to perform dam maintenance.
The corps has increased the amount of water released through the dam within seasonal release requirements in an effort to reach the flood control pool level of 193 feet by Nov. 1.
The corps annually lowers the Grenada Lake level from 215 feet on Aug. 1 to 193 feet on Dec. 1 in order to allow storage for winter and spring rains. This reduces the risk of flooding throughout the Yazoo Basin. Crews at the lake will begin the dam maintenance when the water level recedes to workable pool levels.
Because of lower-than-normal lake levels for the months of September and October, boaters are warned to be cautious of underwater obstacles. The boat ramps that will close earlier than normal are Bryant, Gums Crossing, North Abutment, North Graysport, Piney Woods and Skuna-Turkey.
The primary mission of Vicksburg District’s four Mississippi lakes, backwater levees and structures is flood damage risk reduction. Grenada Lake is located in the gently rolling hills of pine and hardwood forests just before the low lands of the Mississippi Delta begin. The lake is considered by many to be an inland paradise and encompasses approximately 90,427 acres. The lake offers many opportunities for outdoor enthusiast to include hiking, boating, fishing, hunting, skiing, bird watching, camping, picnicking, golfing and swimming.
For more information, visit www.mvk.usace.army.mil. The Grenada Lake Field Office phone is 662.226.5911.