Pollution, Water quality
Lake Chicot, a 5,025-acre oxbow lake created by the ancient meandering of the Mississippi River, is located near the town of Lake Village in Chicot County of southeastern Arkansas (Fig. 1). Today the lake is separated into a northern basin of 1,154 acres and a southern basin of 3,871 acres by a levee maintained by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (Fig. 2). The entire lake once offered excellent fishing and recreational benefits. But with channelization in the drainage basin and final closure of the Cypress Creek gap along the Mississippi River levee in 1920, drainage and flood waters from approximately 350 square miles of agricultural lands were diverted into Connerly Bayou and thus, ultimately, into Lake Chicot.
Osborn, C. Tim; McQueen, Alan D.; and Shulstad, Robert N.. 1981. A Benefit Cost Analysis of a Soil Erosion Control Program for the Northern Watershed of Lake Chicot, Arkansas. Arkansas Water Resources Center, Fayetteville, AR. MSC001. 24