The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can control a lot of things, but not Mother Nature. Not all of the time. The recent heavy rains have raised the Ouachita River back up to the point that the Corps is reopening boat ramps, which is good news for fishermen and hunters. There was no information provided on how the repairs are going, when the work will be completed or how the river rise will affect that.
The following news was posted on the Corps Vicksburg webpage yesterday, Nov. 28, a day after the ramps were reopened….
Vicksburg, Miss. – Six boat ramps operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers within the Columbia Pool will be re-opened by Nov. 27 as a result of rainfall and increases in Ouachita River stages.
The ramps that will be re-opened include Prairion, Bawcomville, Moon Lake, Sterlington, Finch Bayou and Felsenthal South. Riverton boat ramp, just upstream of Columbia Lock and Dam, will remain closed due to low water levels.
River stages will be closely monitored and the ramps may be closed again should stages fall to low levels that would threaten public safety or create damage to personal watercraft.
The seven boat ramps were closed in July 2018 due to the lowering of water levels within the pool in order to address emergency seepage repairs at Columbia Lock and Dam. Columbia Lock and Dam remains closed to traffic as repair work is ongoing.