USACE to begin scheduled drawdown at Nimrod Lake

Drawdown Scheduled for Nimrod Lake

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will commence the process of lowering Nimrod Lake on May 15, 2024. This action is being taken to improve aquatic vegetation and to carry out repairs to the channel markers, boat launch ramps, and swim beaches.

This drawdown is a collaborative effort between the USACE and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The purpose of this initiative is to expose a considerable area of the shoreline for re-vegetation, to facilitate the planting of millet, which will boost water quality, increase fish production, and provide a habitat for wintering waterfowl.

Until May 15, the lake will be held at an elevation of 343, which is two feet below the usual spring conservation elevation of 345. Beginning May 15, the lake will be drawn down another five feet to elevation 337. This process will take approximately 47 days, depending on rainfall. From October 1, the lake will be returned to its winter conservation elevation of 342.

During the drawdown, all swim beaches will remain closed. Boat access will be limited to temporary ramps located at the Anderson Branch area adjacent to Carter Cove Park and Carden Point Park. The use of personal watercraft, skiing, and tubing will be prohibited during the drawdown.

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Boaters are urged to wear life jackets and exercise caution during the drawdown, as submerged stumps and shallow areas will be more prominent, particularly in boat lanes.

For more information about the drawdown, contact Nimrod Lake at (479) 272-4324.

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