Labor Day Ends Summer Season, Fall Activities Planned At Lake
By Park Ranger Dave Funderburk
Labor Day marks the unofficial end to the summer season at Enid Lake and many visitors will enjoy the lake’s resources during this holiday weekend. Visitors are asked to put safety at the top of their list including reading and adhering to all rules and regulations, and to remember the new life jacket policies, which began on May 22.
There are many signs and safety devices in place for visitor safety at the lake. One such device, called lake markers or buoys, are floating signs positioned in the waters of Enid Lake to alert boaters and swimmers of potential dangers, swimming areas, channels for boat traffic, underwater structures, and speed of vessels.
Lake markers labeled “Slow No Wake,” means to go extremely slow; keeping the waves to a minimum. They are located near boat ramps, making it safe for boaters to load and unload boats and any boats banked on the shoreline from sustaining any damage to their vessels.
Lake markers labeled “No Boats Allowed” are near the beach areas; creating a safe environment for the swimmers. There are also “No Boats Allowed” markers located at areas that are not safe for boaters to pass through. One such area is near the gatehouse where the water is exiting the lake. As water exits the lake a suction is created becoming capable of causing a serious accident.
Other lake markers one might encounter are “Shallow Area” and “Fish Shelter” markers, which indicate shallow water and areas that have fish shelters placed beneath the surface of the water. Boaters and swimmers are also reminded that lake markers should not be played on or tampered with, and it is a violation to moor or anchor vessels to any marker.
Hunting and fishing enthusiasts are urged to mark their calendars for two special events that will be held at Enid Lake during September. These events are the Physically Challenged Fishing Day and Hunting and Fishing Day.
Corps officials in conjunction with the Chickasaw Hill Volunteer Association will host the 18th annual Physically Challenged Fishing Day September 12. The event will take place at the Chickasaw Hill Boat Ramp beginning at 8 a.m. After a morning of fishing everyone will return to the picnic shelter at the boat ramp to enjoy a good “old-fashioned” fish fry with all the trimmings and awarding of door prizes.
The next event scheduled is the Hunting and Fishing Day planned on Sept. 26, starting at 8 a.m. at the Riverview Recreation Area located below the dam. Activities are scheduled until 1:30 p.m. and include hunting, fishing, and outdoor exhibits, along with musical entertainment, demonstrations, arts and crafts vendors, children events, concession stands, a youth fishing rodeo and prize give-a-ways.
For more information on water safety or upcoming special events please contact the Enid Lake Field Office at 662-563-4571 or visit the following website:http://www.mvk.usace.army.mil/Lakes/ms/enid/.