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AGFC suspends item removal from Lake Conway

BY Randy Zellers

ON 11-20-2023


MAYFLOWER — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is suspending all item removal permits for Lake Conway until further notice.

Thanks to a controlled drawdown that began Sept. 1, the lake’s water level has receded enough to allow the appropriate cultural resource surveys to begin the permitting process through the U.S. Army Corps Engineers, which will include input from the State Historic Preservation Office and others. The AGFC looks forward to working with these partners to preserve the cultural integrity of what might be found in the lakebed and expedite any required additional permitting.

During this phase of the project all item removal permits are suspended until the agency hears back from our partners. Effective immediately, digging in the lakebed will not be allowed and no items may be removed.

The AGFC is coordinating with the Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism to create opportunities for future item removal events and cleanups for volunteers. Visit for more information on the Lake Conway renovation.

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