Enid Lake

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 16, 2010

Enid Lake’s Life Jacket Loaner Boards can be found at Hickory Ridge and Persimmon Hill’s designated swimming beaches. Remember: safety first. Photo submitted

Enid Lake offers great recreational opportunities

Enid Lake Field Office reminds all students, parents and teachers that Enid Lake offers plenty of recreational opportunities for those who are looking for a summer fling before the hustle and bustle of the upcoming school year.

Enid Lake offers visitors some of the most modern camping facilities found in North Mississippi, five designated swimming beaches, fantastic hiking trails, and plenty of water for great fishing, boating, and swimming opportunities.

Visitors to Enid Lake are reminded to put SAFETY at the top of their list. Some very important water safety tips to follow while participating in water activities are: boaters need to be sure and have a U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Floatation Device (PFD) for every member of your boating party.

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Persons onboard must not only have a PFD, but it must fit properly and be in good condition.

Boaters should also be familiar and abide by the North Mississippi Lakes life jacket wear requirements. Other boating tips are: never boat alone, always practice the buddy system, and remember alcohol and water don’t mix. Enid Lake Park Rangers have painted life jacket symbols with “Wear It” on all boat launching ramps to help remind boaters to wear their life jackets when boating.

For those who will be visiting Enid’s designated swimming beaches: swim in the designated swimming area, never swim alone, have adult supervision for children, never depend on inflatables to keep you afloat, and NEVER dive into the water. The staff at Enid Lake has implemented a new Life Jacket Loaner Program at Hickory Ridge and Persimmon Hill beaches.

This program consists of Life Jacket Loaner Boards with various size life jackets placed on them for public use. Visitors can borrow the correct size life jacket while swimming at the above mentioned designated beaches, but are reminded to return the life jackets after use.  

Severe Weather Safety Tips for Lake Visitors

The staff at Enid Lake would like to remind all visitors to be aware of weather conditions, when enjoying summertime activities.  With the rise of summer temperatures, isolated thunderstorms are always possible.

These thunderstorms can pop up very quickly and have many hazards associated with them including: lightning, hail, and possible tornadoes or high winds. Visitors need to pay close attention to weather conditions and vacate the beaches, lake, and to stay away from trees when severe weather is threatening.

It is a good idea for visitors to always have a severe weather plan in place and ensure that everyone in the party knows what to do. With today’s technology, weather forecasts can be obtained through wireless devices including: radios, cell phones, Blackberries, and many other portable devices most of which can also be programmed to receive severe weather alerts. Remember: Plan. Be prepared and always make safety a top priority.

The Enid Lake Field Office would like to thank WBLE, First Security Bank, Covenant Bank and Batesville Tire and Muffler for supporting Enid Lake’s Water Safety efforts over the Fourth of July Holiday Weekend. With your help over 35, 000 visitors enjoyed a safe and fun weekend at Enid Lake.

For more information on recreational opportunities at Enid Lake or water safety please contact the Enid Lake Field Office at 662-563-4571 or visit www.mvk.usace.army.mil/Lakes/ms/enid.