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  Promoting Growth Through Our Strengths

The Strength of our Lake

• The Grenada Lake Project is operated, maintained, and managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District.

• This 90,000-acre multi-use project is managed for flood control, public recreation, conservation of fish and wildlife, and the proper stewardship of public forests. Many tracts that were being farmed when the project was established continue today in agricultural leases to private citizens. Some areas are leased to the State of Mississippi and other groups for recreation. Other areas such as the Grenada Waterfowl Refuge are managed as special resource areas.

• Attendants at the Grenada Lake Visitor Center are ready to provide assistance and current information on the activities and special events at the project. A short theater presentation covers the building of the dam, project management and available recreational facilities. Many interesting displays and exhibits on the cultural history of the area and local wildlife are available as well as an observation deck overlooking the lake.

• Grenada Lake is home to the 3 pound crappie. Grenada Lake provides some of the best bass and crappie fishing in North Mississippi. Other game fish species include bream, catfish, and white bass.

• Regulations for use of recreation facilities and areas are posted throughout the project. Questions regarding these regulations can be directed to any Corps Ranger. Recreational use of the project is subject to all applicable Federal, State, and Local Laws.

• Grenada Lake is home to three Class A campgrounds and three primitive campgrounds. North Abutment Campground which is located at the north end of the dam consists of 88 campsites some of which are located around a 16 acre lake. This area also has a swimming beach, playground, fishing piers, and pavilion for your enjoyment. North Graysport Campground is located on the east side of the lake near Gore Springs. This campground has 50 campsites and is a favorite among fishermen. The Bryant Campground is located on the north side of the lake near the town of Coffeeville. This campground is a fishermen’s dream with a boat ramp and Class A and Class C campsites. For camping reservations, call NRRS at 1-877-444-6777 or visit Recreation.gov.

• Grenada Dam was constructed to help control flooding along the Yazoo River Basin. The dam is located on the Yalobusha River approximately 3 miles northeast of Grenada, MS. The operation of Grenada Lake began in 1954 after a cost of $32 million dollars to construct the lake and dam.

• Grenada Lake is part of the comprehensive plan for flood control in the Yazoo River Basin. The Yazoo Headwater Project protects 1,209,000 acres from flooding, and partially protects an additional 303,000 acres from flooding.

• The recreational pool is reached at a lake elevation of 215 ft. NGVD, which is the normal lake level during the summer months. At this elevation the lake contains approximately 35,820 acres of water, and has approximately 148 shoreline miles.

• The minimum or conservation pool contains 9,800 acres of water and is reached at 193 ft. NGVD, which is the approximate lake elevation during the winter months. This is an estimated 54 miles of shoreline at this lake elevation.

• The maximum or flood control pool is reached at 231 ft. NGVD and the lake contains 64,000 acres of water at this elevation. Any water above this elevation will flow over the emergency or overflow spillway. At this lake elevation there are 282 miles of shoreline.

• The dam is earth-filled and measures slightly more than 2.6 miles in length. The top of the dam is 256 ft. NGVD.

• Since its construction Grenada Lake has attracted an ever-increasing number of visitors who enjoy water related recreational activities. Approximately 2 million people visit Grenada Lake annually. Grenada Lake offers multiple pavilions for reservation all of which are located near the dam. A sports complex is situated in the Dam Central Recreation Area. The tennis courts and ball fields in this area as well as the picnic shelters can be reserved. For further information, reservations, or a price list call 662-226-5911.

Archives Promoting Growth Through Our Strengths
Director’s February 2015 Article
Director’s December 2014 Article
Director’s October 2014 Article
Director’s August 2014 Article
Director’s July 2014 Article
Director’s April 2014 Article
Larry Collins


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