Davis Lake open for winter recreation

Mississippi_Department_of_Wildlife_Fisheries_and_Parks_logoCampers 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.

Errol Tootle, left, netted the fish of a lifetime reeled in last winter on Davis Lake by Jeff Foster on Davis Lake. The bass weighed 17-pounds. (Courtesy Photo)

Errol Tootle, left, netted the fish of a lifetime reeled in last winter on Davis Lake by Jeff Foster on Davis Lake. The bass weighed 17-pounds. (Courtesy Photo)

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