The spillway at Lake June in Stamps is entering a new phase in the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s renovation of the fishery. Some modifications to the new spillway are needed to ensure that it functions properly for maintaining normal water levels and evacuating flood waters. AGFC construction and maintenance staff are working with the project engineers and contractor to determine the best course of action moving forward.
The lake was renovated beginning in July 2016, because of extensive damage to the lake’s infrastructure over the course of its long life. The spillway was undermined by floodwaters in 2014, and the lake was no longer able to be held at full pool during dry periods. Additionally, due to excessive sediment build-up, the lake had become extremely shallow along the shorelines, which degraded fish habitat, led to dense weed growth, and made shore fishing and other activities extremely difficult. Given the importance of this waterbody to the residents of southwest Arkansas and the dire need to replace the water level control structures, AGFC agreed to enter into a collaborative project with the City of Stamps and Lafayette County in order to renovate Lake June.
The AGFC appreciates the continued patience of local anglers as this phase of the project is completed. Please be assured that AGFC is committed to ensuring the proper functioning of this spillway before considering this project complete.