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Posted 9/8/2017

Release no. 17-162

Laurie Driver

ASHDOWN, Ark., – The Army Corps of Engineers will begin a drawdown of Millwood Lake Sept. 12 in an effort to improve shoreline vegetation.

The lake will be held near elevation 257.5 until Oct. 1, which is about two feet below the normal conservation elevation of 259.2.  Beginning Oct. 1 the lake will be raise to elevation 258 and held there until Oct. 15 and will return to normal conversation elevation of 259.2 by Nov. 15

During the drawdown, boaters should exercise extreme caution because submerged stumps and shallow areas will be more prominent, especially in boat lanes.  

The drawdown exposes an extensive amount of shoreline for re-vegetation; promoting water quality and fish production.  Additionally it concentrates prey fish for predator consumption, promoting growth and production for larger fish.

The drawdown was coordinated with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the Southwest Arkansas Water District.

For more information on Millwood Lake and the drawdown contact the Millwood Project Office at 870-898-3343.