• View from Battery DeGolyer

    Vicksburg

    National Military Park Mississippi

Lakes and Ponds

Pond Near Park Boundary
Pond Near the Park Boundary off Union Avenue
NPS Photo
 

Vicksburg National Military Park has several small ephemeral ponds within its interior, and at least two permanent ponds outside its boundaries just northeast of the Memorial Arch entrance, and in the lowlands northeast of the Navy Monument in the northern section of the park.

Although not extensively studied regarding their water chemistry and quality, these ponds have been found to provide needed habitat and nutrients for many plants and animals throughout the park. Mist-netting for bats during the mammal inventory process revealed pond use by these nocturnal creatures as a source for insect forage. These water sources are also important for providing the needed hydration of the many other mammals, birds, and herps residing in the park’s interior.

The plant growth around these ponds, in addition to providing cover and food for many species, is also a good indicator of environmental quality of the surrounding landscape. Ongoing construction and battlefield restoration affects the runoff, turbidity, and chemical content of these ponds, and they will be monitored for both detrimental and beneficial effects.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

The Union siege lines and Confederate defensive lines were marked during the first decade of the 20th century by many of the veterans who fought at Vicksburg, thus making Vicksburg National Military Park one of the most accurately marked military parks in the world.