Reported by: Javanté Ingram
July 16, 2014
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA)-- On a Typical summer day, Elvis Presley Lake would be crowded.
“We would usually have plenty of boats out here, jet skiing, tubbing, or fishing. So, we are missing those folks,” said Tyler Stubbs the Northeast District Fisheries Biologist for the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.
But, the April tornado left its mark on the local attraction.
“We suffered pretty significant damage- extensive damage to about every aspect of the entire facility, including the camp grounds. So, we’ve got a lot of clean up to do," said Stubbs.
Wildlife officials say Elvis Presley Lake will come back, but when is still unclear.
"We really need to make it clean and safe before we open it. As far as opening it up in stages, you know right now we plan to open it all at once. Or that's what we would like to do," said Stubbs.
When the lake does reopen, it will have all new facilities, new picnic tables and with most of the trees gone, "there will be a lot less shade," said Stubbs.
For those eager to return, wildlife officials have this to say.
“Be patient. You know we are wanting to get it open just as bad as you are but we really need to make sure everything is safe, clean and ready to go," said Stubbs
272 County Rd. 995, Tupelo, MS 38804
330 acre lake offering some of the finest water-related recreation opportunities around; handicapped access fishing pier, shady shorelines for good bank fishing, boat ramp, 16 camping pads with water/electricity, tent camping, pavilion, and picnic areas with grills; skiing daily, noon to sunset.