VICKSBURG – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Vicksburg District has announced its 2009 schedule of user fees at recreation areas at Arkabutla, Enid, Grenada and Sardis lakes in north Mississippi.
The fees for campsites range from $5 per night for a site in a primitive campground to $10-$20 a night for a site with electrical hookups in a Class “A” campground. Certain Corps recreation facilities in the Vicksburg District are included in the National Recreation Reservation System. Visitors can reserve these Class A campsites up to 6 months in advance of the date of use by phoning a nationwide toll free number, 1-877-444-6777. However, between 10 and 40 percent of the Class A campsites at the four lakes are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
A fee of $50 will be charged for reserving a group picnic shelter or amphitheater at Arkabutla, Enid and Grenada lakes. Grenada Lake also has a very large group picnic shelter, with seating for 120 people at the tables, for a fee of $100 per day. At Sardis Lake, the fee is $50 for reserving a group shelter for half a day. The time periods are from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. For the entire day, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., a fee of $100 will be charged. Reservations for use of picnic shelters or amphitheaters will be made at the applicable field office.
A fee of $3 per day is charged year round to use boat launching ramps, and a fee of $1 per day is charged for use of a designated swimming beach during the fee season with a maximum of $4 per vehicle.
The Annual Pass for day user fees, which permits the holder and accompanying passengers to use all boat ramps and swimming beaches operated by the Corps nationwide for the calendar year will be $30 in 2009. The pass is a hangtag design which is to be attached to an interior rearview mirror. The Annual Pass can be used on any vehicle the pass holder owns and is valid for one year from the date of purchase.
Beginning in 2009 for the Vicksburg District, a fee of $50 will be charged for obtaining a permit to hold a special event on Corps property. Contact the applicable field office for guidelines on special event permits.