The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District has been construction on a site for a new interpretive visitor center and field office at DeGray Lake near Arkadelphia.
Plans for the site, which is located at the Lakeview Area on the southeast section of the lake, include:a building that will house a visitor center and field office, a scenic overlook structure that will provide visitors with a view of DeGray Lake, and additional modern day-use facilities, including picnic areas.
The visitor center’s shared location with the field office will provide the necessary staffing to keep the Lakeview Area open to the public for year-round use and access. The Lakeview Area site is currently one of 11 recreation sites at DeGray Lake that are closed for approximately four to five months a year due to seasonal restrictions.
Additionally, the location of the visitor center and field office near Highway 7 will provide easy access to the public. It will also improve the ability of USACE employees working from the field office to monitor DeGray Dam and the dam’s intake structure. Responders will have quicker access to visitors at some of the busiest beaches on the lake in case of an emergency.
The interpretive visitor center will house displays depicting local flora and fauna of Clark County and will provide the public with an opportunity to become more familiar with the DeGray Lake project.
The new field office will eventually replace the current DeGray Lake field office, which was constructed in the 1960s and has outdated facilities. The DeGray Lake field office is the last Vicksburg District field office to be relocated to a new building.
Located on the Caddo River in Arkansas, DeGray Lake is a multi-purpose reservoir with flood control, hydropower, water supply, environmental and recreational functions. The 32,200-acre project spans Clark County and Hot Spring County.
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