Davis Lake open for winter recreation
Campers and fishermen have an extra venue open this winter as the Davis Lake Recreation Area has extended its season from Dec. 2 through Feb. 28.
The lake and campgrounds were previously closed in late fall and re-opened in March, but this year the decision was made to keep the facility open. Recreation Project Manager, Bobby Claybrook, said the decision was based on several factors.
“We’re going to try it to see if it is received positively and if it works out to justify keeping it open year round,” Claybrook said. “With Davis Lake right off the (Natchez) Trace, a lot of snow birds are coming down to camp and we’re trying to tap into that. And the locals always asked why we couldn’t stay open.”
Revenue is imperative to keeping the recreation area open and Claybrook said he hopes the facility will draw enough visitors and usage to merit keeping it open next winter as well. Although the winter cold rules out swimming and some boating activities, fishermen are still on the water and welcome to visit Davis Lake.
“It’s not too cold to fish,” Claybrook said. “Some of the biggest trophy bass are caught in the winter.”
Claybrook said the lake is currently undergoing a prescribed draw-down to enhance fishing.
“We’re actually draining the lake down about 2-4 feet,” Claybrook said. “It’s a management tool to make the little fish come together so the big fish can eat them.”
The recreation area will be open seven days a week for day use and camping. 27 camping spots are equipped with tables,lantern posts and campfire rings with grills. RV and primitive camping are available.
14 spots are situated on the lake with room to anchor a boat.
The lake covers 200 acres and features a swimming area, boat launch and several fishing piers. A 2-mile trail welcomes hikers to the National Forest to enjoy watching the native and migratory birds.
For information on reserving a camp site, go to www.recreation.gov or call 285-2364.
- Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
- Click to print (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)
- Click to Press This! (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)
About Lisa Voyles
- Making a difference every day April 26, 2016
- Chickasaw County no longer under tornado warning April 29, 2016
- Fast moving front rattles Chickasaw County April 29, 2016
- GLENN MOLLETTE: Musicians die but never the music April 30, 2016
- Murder/suicide ruled in Okolona Motel deaths April 30, 2016
- Mississippi black bears are on the move May 3, 2016
- DAN MULLEN: ‘No intention of ever leaving’ May 3, 2016
- Vardaman sweeps Biggersville May 3, 2016
- Okolona aldermen address downtown buildings May 3, 2016
- Houlka names consolidation commissioners May 2, 2016
- THEOUSTEDONE: Oh yes. It is very interesting since Mrs. Dendy al...
- Consolodation | Home: […] Chickasaw consolidation likely headed to...
- Karie)Chapel: Thought-provoking article - I loved the facts . Do...
- Cortez Whittaker: Practical commentary . I am thankful for the infor...
- Byrne Cpa Firm Houston Ms | Rates for CPA Services for SMB: […] Globetrotters fun for all kids – Sulli...
- RT @wcbiweather: The heat index has surpassed 100 in many spots today. Stay cool out there! #mswx #alwx #wcbi http://t.co/Lt2LRZTDcm 3 years ago
- RT @dennisseid: OSHA: 24 work-related deaths in Miss. last year http://t.co/lgEYYtK7ZR 3 years ago
- Speech pathologists work to better communication skills | Monroe Journal http://t.co/lyHLvb0OS1 3 years ago
- Mumford & Sons bassist has blood clot on brain http://t.co/4xNLMhxaif 3 years ago
- Mobile home fire claims one | Itawamba Times http://t.co/FHouwxbnsp 3 years ago