Monday, May 14, 2018

Staying at Big Creek Water Park

(another catch up post!)
Big Creek is one of eight parks managed by the Pat Harrison Waterway District. The District was formed in the 60s for flood control in this area of Mississippi. These parks are very similar to Army Corps of Engineer parks and the cost is the same - $22 a night. We understand the park does offer a  discount for veterans and seniors. Big Creek is one of the District's lesser known parks. The park fills up with locals on the weekends, but is quiet and peaceful during the week. We weren't there during the busier summer season, though!

Dog Friendly: The park does not have off leash areas. There are, however, several wide walking trails behind the cowboy camp. Although these are horser trails, the paths didn't seem to be used much and were perfect for long dog walks. 

Good to know: The lower loop, by the cabins, is mostly long-term residents and several of these residents leave their dogs outside. We would recommend camping in the upper loop, and avoiding the other loop when walking your dog.
Motorcycle Friendly: There are a few pull through sites in the upper loop, if you need to load and unload a motorcycle. The roads in the park are paved, and well-maintained.
Cell Service/Wifi: Verizon was 0-2 bars, without a booster. Several times a day, the signal, already poor, would drop for no apparent reason. We suspect the cell tower in this area is probably old and over-loaded.

Amenities: Campsites have water, electric, sewer, and a picnic table. There is also a bathhouses with toilets and showers for each loop. Each bathhouse does have 1 washer and 1 dryer. There is also a small park at the lake's edge, with a playscape and picnic tables.

Getting There: The park is tucked away by a lake, just off of I-84. It is very easy to get to, but be aware there is not a lot of signage for the park.

Know Before You Go: The park has two loops, as well a primitive area for tents and a cowboy camp for those pulling horse trailers. If you have a bigger trailer or RV, we would recommend reserving one of the pull through spots. Many of the sites are angled a bit oddly, and we watched several people struggling to back their trailers in. This is also not a good park for solar, there has many large pine trees, especially in the primitive area.
Local Stuff: There is Kroger and a Corner Market about 25 minutes away from the park. While we were there, we picked up a nail in a back tire, and Pro-Flow Motor Shop in Laurel got us up and running again. While we didn't check it out,  the Lauren Rogers Art Museum in Laurel is a very well-regarded art museum. Laurel also has a Veteran's Memorial Museum, but the website doesn't appear to be working.


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