USACE to begin scheduled drawdown at Nimrod Lake

Little Rock District USACE
Published April 25, 2024
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PLAINVIEW, Ark., – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin lowering Nimrod Lake on May 15, 2024, to improve aquatic vegetation, as well as make repairs to the channel markers, boat launch ramps and swim beaches.

The drawdown is a cooperative effort between USACE and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

The drawdown will expose an extensive area of shoreline for re-vegetation to allow the planting of millet which promotes water quality, increases fish production and provides habitat for wintering waterfowl.

The lake will be held near elevation 343 through May 15, which is two feet below the normal spring conservation elevation of 345.  Beginning May 15, the lake will be drawn down another five feet to elevation 337. This will take about 47 days, depending on rainfall.  Beginning Oct. 1, the lake will be returned to its winter conservation elevation of 342.

During the drawdown, all swim beaches will be closed, and boat access will be limited to temporary ramps located at the Anderson Branch area adjacent to Carter Cove Park and at Carden Point Park.

Skiing, tubing, and the use of personal watercraft will be prohibited during the drawdown.

Boaters are encouraged to wear a life jacket and exercise caution during the drawdown as submerged stumps and shallow areas will be more prominent, especially in boat lanes.  

For more information about the drawdown, contact Nimrod Lake at (479) 272-4324.

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Little Rock District Public Affairs

Release no. 24-059