View total solar eclipse at Corps lakes

From Press Reports


On Aug. 21, the country will experience a rare event it hasn’t seen in 38 years.

The last total solar eclipse to cross a significant portion of the United States occurred on Feb. 26, 1979. This year, it will experience a total solar eclipse that will proceed from west to east; from Oregon to South Carolina, crossing 14 states directly.

People across the globe will be coming to prime locations in the United States along the route of the total eclipse to get a view of this unique event.

North Mississippi will not be in the direct path of the total eclipse, but will still experience a partial eclipse with varying start times that depend on one’s exact location. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites the public to view the eclipse at the four reservoirs in North Mississippi.

Arkabutla, Sardis, Enid and Grenada lakes will be prime, local locations to witness the eclipse. Recreation areas at the lakes, especially those directly on or adjacent to the dams, provide an open area for viewing an unobstructed sky, as long as the weather cooperates.

NASA has a portion of its website dedicated to the 2017 total eclipse and it is a good resource for getting additional information. NASA’s website provides eclipse facts and history, maps and resources for safe viewing of the eclipse. To see its website visit

For more information on the North Mississippi reservoirs call your area office: Arkabutla Lake (662) 562-6261, Sardis Lake (662) 563-4531, Enid Lake (662) 563-4571 or Grenada Lake (662) 226-5911. You may also visit online at