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DeGray Lake to commemorate 50th anniversary

U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District’s DeGray Lake and hydropower plant will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a welcome ceremony and open house on Wednesday, Jan. 18, from 9-11:30 a.m. at DeGray Lake Visitor Center in Arkadelphia. 

The event is free and open to the public. The visitor center is located at 543 Skyline Drive. Parking will be available onsite along with overflow parking at the spillway boat ramp.  

Dedicated on May 20, 1972, after seven years of construction, DeGray Dam can produce 78 megawatts of energy, or the equivalent of 53,000 tons of coal. The 31,900-acre multi-purpose project includes the 13,800-acre lake, which encompasses 15 recreation areas and 488 campsites. Recreation at DeGray Lake provides an economic benefit of $42.8 million in visitor spending and sustains 298 jobs within 30 miles of the project. DeGray Lake’s water supply provides an economic benefit of $30.3 million. 

The USACE Vicksburg District is engineering solutions to the nation’s toughest challenges. The Vicksburg District encompasses a 68,000-square-mile area across portions of Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana, that holds nine major river basins and incorporates approximately 460 miles of mainline Mississippi River levees. The Vicksburg District is engaged in hundreds of projects and employs approximately 1,100 personnel.  

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