| Kite Tubing
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District, has issued a temporary ban on kite tubing on all waters under district jurisdiction in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
District Commander Colonel Anthony Vesay implemented the ban, which will remain in affect until the Corps completes development of a national policy on this activity. The ban could become permanent.
"Our first priority is the safety of our visitors," Vesay said. "We constantly monitor activities which could cause injury or death. Our first line of defense is public education, followed by enforcement."
The ban affects the following waters in the Ark-La-Miss:
– Lakes DeGray, Greeson and Ouachita
– Bayou Bodcau (Louisiana)
– Lakes Sardis, Enid, Arkabutla, and Grenada
Kite tubing is a new form of extreme water sport that emerged this year. Reports and news accounts from multiple states cited injuries and at least two deaths resulting from this new activity.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has classified kite tubing as ‘extremely dangerous.’ It has reportedly caused deaths and numerous injuries.
Kite tubes are large inflatables with a solid fabric floor in the bottom designed to be towed by a boat. As the tube is pulled forward from underneath, the front of the tube is lifted into the air. As speed increases, the entire tube is lifted into the air like a kite with the rider on top.
The lack of lateral stability and controls often results in the tube overturning or throwing the rider. Other Corps Districts have banned kite tubing from their lakes, citing the potential for serious injuries caused by uncontrolled flight of these devices.
Persimmon Hill upkeep
The Persimmon Hill Recreation Area, which is located on the south side of Enid Dam, has become one of the most popular campgrounds located at Enid Lake.
The Persimmon Hill Campground contains 72 Class A camping sites, two shower houses, a playground, and a multi-use trail. Constructed back in the early 1970’s the campground amenities have been long overdue for renovations to meet today’s demands of the larger campers, and recreational equipment such as boats, jet skis etc.
Over the past several months the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Enid Lake has renovated the shower houses and 90 percent of the campsites in the Persimmon Hill Campground.
The Persimmon Hill Multi-Use Trail is a new amenity, which is being constructed at Persimmon Hill. The multi-use trail is a paved trail that is 3, 200 feet in length. The trail provides an excellent and safe place for our visitors to walk, jog, and ride bicycles.
The trail is accessible to the physically challenged. Motorized vehicles are restricted from the trail (exceptions include wheel chairs for people with disabilities). Visitors may access the trail from the campground or the boat ramp area.
The multi-use trail is lighted for those who enjoy evening walks and strolls or those who are trying to beat the heat. Plans are to add an amphitheater, interpretive stops, wildlife feeders, and additional landscaping.
For more information on Kite Tubing and the Persimmon Hill Campground please contact the Enid Lake Field Office at 662-563-4571.