Many long-term campers want to know if they can release their gray water onto the ground while camping at Army Corp of Engineers Campgrounds in Arkansas.
The answer is, it depends.
I did some calling around and here is what I learned.
Greers Ferry Lake
At the Dam Site Campground on Greers Ferry Lake in Arkansas will not allow you to release your gray water on the ground because of all the limestone in the area. This prevent the gray water from properly filtering which allows the gray water to leak back into the ground water too quickly.
Blue Mountain Lake
However, you are allowed to release your gray water onto the ground at Blue Mountain Lake campgrounds.
The ground at these sites is made up of a lot of clay which acts as a filter for your water.
A few days ago, we were camping at Lake Nimrod. Specifically, Carter Cove Campground. I was pleased to read a sign at the bathhouse that states that you are allowed to release your gray water on the ground as long as you do it through a water hose connection and NOT your sewer pipe.
Other Corp Sites and Lakes
Each Army Corp of Engineers campground will have it’s own regulations based on the terrain of their campground.
The advice given to me by the field office I contacted was to ask the gate attendant about the regulations when you enter their campground. They will know the gray water regulations that are specific to their campground.
Regulation to remember!
If you are at a campground that allows you to release your gray water, be sure to follow the guidelines. You must use a small hose that directs the water away from the campsite. The gate attendant or ranger can give you the specific guidelines.