The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced on September 13, 2013 that it lacked authority to permit the non-profit, cooperating association Friends of Lake Ouachitato reinvest user fees collected from users of the Crystal Springs and Tompkins Bend campgrounds at Lake Ouachita.
The agreement is being reviewed to determine if it should be modified or terminated.
The USACE legal review of the cooperative joint management programs for recreational facilities revealed that the user fees must be deposited into the Land and Water Conservation Fund in the U.S. Treasury.
These fees can no longer be retained by the non-profit, cooperating association and used for operational and maintenance purposes.
In October 2011, the Vicksburg District leased the Crystal Springs campground to Friends of Lake Ouachita under a cooperative agreement for
joint management. The agreement authorized Friends of Lake Ouachita to collect user fees and reinvest them in the campgrounds for maintenance and
Lake Ouachita Camp Site List