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Lake and Flow News - Latest Email Message

Flow release plans as of August 25, 2016

Last week Entergy Hydro performed our Annual Vegetation Inspection with the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission. Even though less vegetation was found to be present at our check sites, due to last year’s mild winter, and some projects on the lake, it has been determined that we will have a five foot drawdown on both lakes Hamilton & Catherine.

The drawdown will begin on November 1 and will continue at approximately six inches per day until November 10 when we should reach our winter lake levels of 394.7’ on Lake Hamilton and 299’ on Lake Catherine.  

Please note that if we get a significant rainfall during this time period, it may affect the dates and amount of water released.

Moving forward, Entergy Hydro anticipates using November 1 through November 10 as the annual drawdown period.


Below is information about a cleanup event on Lake DeGray on September 10th. Register at the spillway area between 8 and 9 AM, free lunch and prizes. Contact Renea Guin 870-230-2788 or 870-246-5501 x64010 or Russ Johnson 501-256-4262 for more information. This would be a great family outing and camping for Scouts is available.

Keeping DeGray Lake Beautiful Presents:

National Public Lands Day & The Great Arkansas Cleanup

September 10, 2016

WHO: Anyone who cares about public lands! Scout groups, school and employee groups, fishing & scuba clubs, church groups, individuals and many more

WHEN: SATURDAY, September 10, 2016. Registration from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Cleanup from 9:00 - 12:00. Check out our Facebook page: Keeping DeGray Lake Beautiful.

WHERE: Volunteers may pick up trash bags & receive area assignments at the SPILLWAY AREA.

FREE LUNCH & PRIZES for volunteers from 12:00 noon until about 2:00 p.m. at the LOWER LAKE AREA. Food & prizes are donated by local merchants.

Litter “Gitter” Awards presented to ten individuals by random drawing.

Recycling: aluminum cans, ink jet cartridges and cell phones will be recycled, please bring to cleanup.

Most Unusual Item Award will be presented for the most unusual item found.

ALL TRASH is to be bagged and placed at the recreation area entrances or brought to the LOWER LAKE AREA for proper disposal. Separate recyclables if possible, please.

Sponsorship Opportunity for the back of the T-shirts, can also be purchased. Contact for more information below. Deadline for T-Shirt submittal is August 3, 2016.

RSVP if you plan to participate…NO LATER THAN Monday, August 29, 2016. Contact Renea Guin (870-230-2788 or 870-246-5501 x64010) or Russ Johnson (501-256-4262).

Free Camping to Scout Troops! Please call Renea for more information.


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(You can hear this message recorded at 501-844-2125.)

For more lake and shoreline information, contact: Kimberly Bogart or 501.844.2116.
For more flow release information, contact: Ted Smethers or 501-844-2125.

We draft two to three editions of the “Life on the Lakes” newsletter and all editions are available through our website, but we currently only mail out the Summer Edition typically in May of each year. You can find the latest copy on the Entergy Hydro Operations entergy.com/hydro website. If you live on the lake and are not receiving our newsletter, send an email to Kimberly Bogart with your name and mailing address.

Disclaimer: This message was provided as a public service by Entergy Arkansas, Inc. There is no guarantee that actual releases or lake level projections will occur as described. We do our best to plan our operations and to accurately communicate those plans, however system conditions are subject to change at a moment's notice and we may not always be available to communicate those changes in a timely fashion.