HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. - The Army Corps of Engineers is urging all visitors to Greers Ferry Lake to exercise caution while water levels are high. Campers, swimmers, and boaters visiting park areas should be aware that certain amenities may be closed to the public for their protection.
Boaters should be aware that with the higher water conditions, objects normally out of the water are now submerged and difficult to see.
When boating near the shore and in coves, go slow and be extra cautious to avoid underwater obstacles such as sign posts, picnic tables, trees, stumps and other obstructions that are normally on dry ground. Be sure to have an observer in your boat when possible, slow down, and always wear your life jacket. Use extreme caution when boating at night, as obstructions such as floating debris are even more difficult to see at night.
Although sometimes an inconvenience, the Corps reminds everyone that the current high lake level is normal, Greers Ferry is one of the six Corps lakes in the White River basin that helps reduce downstream flooding. The dams are doing just what they were designed to do.
A few campsites have temporarily been closed because of the high lake levels but, all parks have available campsites for use. Currently, 173 of the 1130 sites available are closed because of high water. Of the 957 campsites open, many of those are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
All boat ramps are open except at Cherokee, Cove Creek and Shiloh. All of the day use areas are currently open. None of the sanded designated swimming areas are available, but swimming is allowed.
Despite the higher water levels, the Corps’ Greers Ferry Lake personnel remind visitors that all campgrounds and most day-use areas are open for business. Please call the Greers Ferry Project Office at 501-362-2416 for updates on available recreation areas.
Release no. 19-046