A summer of fun right here at home

While looking for recreation and activities this summer, don’t neglect the amenities right here at home.
Davis Lake Recreation Area is in the heart of Chickasaw County and boasts a 200-acre lake offering boating, skiiing, fishing and swimming opportunities. And for those who prefer more than just a day trip, camping sites are available from the most primitive campers to fully-dressed recreational vehicles.
Camp host, Larry Moore, who splits the volunteer position with Larry Dunn, said he has met people from all over the world who somehow find the lake located four miles east of the Natchez Trace Parkway and about four miles west of Houlka.
“There was a couple here from Paris, France,” Moore said of recent visitors. “They had come from Montreal and rented a car and were driving the Trace to Natchez, then going to New Orleans and back to New York.”
Moore said the couple brought a tent for primitive camping and underwent a stormy night which almost drove his wife, Barbara, to distraction.
“Barbara wanted to go out and get them,” laughed Moore. The couple weathered the storm but the next morning found Barbara at their tent inviting them to the Moore’s RV for breakfast.
“I cooked them waffles,” he smiled.
Moore said two bicylists from Australia visited the Recreation Area in 2013 and just last week another visitor from the land down under made a stop by the lake.
The Sisk family of Mathiston didn’t travel quite as far as some but chose to spend a week camping in the family-friendly facility.
“I really like how it has a fishing area and a swimming area,” said Brooke Sisk. “And they keep it so clean.”
Sherry Sisk agreed.
“It’s so quiet,” Sherry said. “We’ve been here since last Thursday and we have more family coming in later in the week. We’ll probably be here for a week at least.”
Nicole Moore of Troy made her first visit to the lake June 2 with her children and friend, Katina Stegall.
“I told her they’d all love it,” Stegall said.
They did.
“It’s absolutely beautiful,” Moore said while watching her children in the swimming area. “I’m thinking of coming back and camping with my kids.”
Sarah Montgomery of Houston joins her mother and sisters to fish from the pier, “pretty regular,” but they aren’t interested in swimming.
“I don’t swim so I don’t get in the water at all,” Montgomery said.
But the beauty of the Davis Lake Recreation Area lies in the variety of activities to suit each individual looking for summer fun.

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