Arkabutla Lake is a reservoir on the Coldwater River in the U.S. state of Mississippi. It is one of four Flood Damage Reduction reservoirs in northern Mississippi. With an annual visitation exceeding 2 million people, Arkabutla Lake accommodates a wide variety of recreational interest throughout the entire year.
The Arkabutla Lake project includes 57,250 acres of land and water. The dam is 11,500 ft long with an average height of 67 ft. There are 37,700 acres of land at the project which are open to the public for hunting.
According to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers website, after a series of disastrous floods during the mid-19th century and early 20th century, high priority was given to flood control projects. The worst flood in modern history of the Lower Mississippi Valley occurred in 1927. The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 spawned a comprehensive program for flood control along the Mississippi River and its tributaries and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers became the planners, designers and builders of the flood control projects.
Engineers determined the headwaters of the Yazoo River contributed to or caused much of the flooding that occurred in the Mississippi Delta region. In addition to the construction of levees along the Yazoo River, four flood control reservoirs were constructed in north Mississippi as part of the Yazoo Basin Headwater Project. Arkabutla Dam, the second of the dams to be built, was constructed on the Coldwater River.
Located in both Tate and DeSoto counties in north Mississippi, Arkabutla Lake’s remote location is an ideal setting for a serene retreat. However, if you are looking for a vacation full of fun and excitement, don’t worry…Arkabutla is still the right destination for you! Located just 30 minutes from Memphis, TN and Tunica, MS, there is no limit to the fun awaiting you and your family.
There are trails for hiking or biking and many of our amenities are ADA accessible, such as, a fishing pier, swimming beach and playgrounds in addition to accessible sites in our beautiful campgrounds. At Arkabutla Lake, you will find some of the best fishing in the southeast and some of the best sailing east of the Mississippi River.
The lake is home to several species of native fish to Mississippi waters, such as Largemouth Bass, Bream, Catfish, and is renowned for producing huge Crappie. And, with more than 30,000 acres of land open for public hunting and numerous activities for public involvement, we are certain there is something for everyone! Whether it’s hunting, fishing, boating, or just enjoying the outdoors, Arkabutla Lake provides a variety of opportunities for all outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy.