Future Of ATV Riding At Lake Depends On Conduct Of Riders
With spring approaching, the staff at Enid Lake would like to remind All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) and Utility Vehicle (UTV) operators of rules and regulations concerning ATV/UTV operation at Enid Lake. Operation of these vehicles is allowed on mudflats, and sections of the shoreline, boundary line and fire lanes. However, ATV riding is restricted in all designated recreation areas including: campgrounds, beaches, boat ramps and project land posted no motorized vehicles.
It is imperative that riders practice safety and follow all rules and regulations, while riding or using ATVs for recreational or work-related purposes at Enid Lake. It is unlawful to operate any vehicle in a careless, negligent or reckless manner. “skimming”, which is motoring an ATV to a high rate of speed, and hydroplaning across water, is illegal. Operation of any motorized vehicle under the influence of alcohol above legal limits is illegal and also constitutes careless and reckless operation. All ATV/UTV operators and passengers (including UTVs with full cabs) will be required to wear an approved Department of Transportation (DOT) helmet. Operators and passengers who refuse to wear helmets will also be in violation of CFR Title 36.
Park Rangers have also spent many weekends patrolling the lake bottom to educate and inform visitors of the helmet regulations. Operators who refuse to follow established rules and regulations will be cited and subject to pay all fines, appear before a Federal Magistrate or suffer banishment from Enid Lake or a combination of any of the above. Strict enforcement of all rules and regulations is intended to provide a safe environment for ATV operation, protection of natural resources, and to minimize the impact on the environment.
The future of ATV use at Enid Lake depends on the conduct of all ATV operators. Therefore, it is imperative that all ATV users practice responsible riding, respect other visitors, be environmentally conscious, and abide by all rules and regulations or risk the loss of the privilege of riding ATVs at Enid Lake.
For more information on ATV riding at Enid Lake please contact the Enid Lake Field Office at 662-563-4571.
Annual Habitat Day Is Feb. 7
Enid Lake’s Annual Habitat Day is scheduled for Saturday, February 7, with activities beginning at 7 a.m. at Enid Lake Field Office. This year Habitat Day Volunteers will be working at Billy’s and Mooney Creeks.
Work will include dragging cedar trees with ATVs, tying and anchoring cedar trees with concrete weights and ties, and driving wooden stakes with post drivers. Volunteers are asked to bring their ATVs to assist in placing cedar trees in the proper locations.
The Enid Lake staff would like to remind all volunteers who will be bringing ATVs/UTVs there is a helmet policy that requires all riders to wear a DOT approved helmet. If you don’t have an ATV and still would like to participate don’t worry; there will be plenty to do including hooking and unhooking trees to and from ATVs, tying and anchoring shelters, and constructing wooden stake beds. After a morning of constructing fish shelters, volunteers will return to Enid Lake’s maintenance shop for lunch and a drawing for door prizes.
Restoration to the fish habitat is very important to the future fisheries at Enid Lake. Years of inundation have claimed much of Enid’s fish habitat. Fish use these shelters for various reasons: cover, areas to feed, and for a place to spawn. Also restoring the habitat can increase the health and populations of fish.
According to studies performed by MS Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks the restoration program has shown enormous benefits to the fish and habitat in Enid Lake.
Clean Up Day Is Feb. 28
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Enid Lake and the Volunteers for Waste Management have set the Annual Clean Up Day Event for February 28. The event will begin at 7 a.m. Volunteers may meet at one of the following locations the morning of the event: Enid Lake Field Office, Chickasaw Hill Boat Ramp or Dunn’s Country Store.
Enid Lake Personnel would like to invite all visitors who frequent Enid Lake to these two events. With this in mind, we must also remember that the public lands surrounding Enid Lake are for everyone’s enjoyment and it is the responsibility of each user to preserve, protect and enhance our natural resources.