Dates Of Stay: June 13 – 21, 2016
Five miles southwest of Decatur, Mississippi sits Turkey Creek Water Park. It has a 250-acre lake with bass fishing, boat rentals, waterskiing, cabins, playground, nature trails, a white sand beach, and picnic areas, in addition to RV spots.
This is the woods, folks, so come prepared. While mosquitoes were amazingly and thankfully few, the ticks were out in full force. I found a few on the dogs and even one on myself! When I attempted to get the dogs from the car back into the RV without leashing them, they took off chasing a family of four armadillos deep into the forest. Thankfully they (the dogs, not the armadillos) came back!
When I am in rural areas I always find it interesting that so many people have recreational vehicles. Aren’t they already enjoying the great outdoors? A lot of locals camp at Turkey Creek. On Wednesday and Thursday they begin to arrive, setting up their rigs, returning to town to work during the day until the weekend.
My site, 13, was the only pull-through at the campground. There are 22 RV sites and five extended-stay sites, so I was a bit surprised to see people living at the park. Each site has water and power. Most have sewer hook ups, and there is also dump station. Each site includes a picnic table and a pole for hanging a lantern. The restrooms are clean and include hot, free showers, and there are coin-operated laundry machines. A very good deal at $20 per night.
Decatur is a small town; I knew several people who came to camp at Turkey Creek that weekend, and more friends without an RV showed up for a big fish and hush puppies fry. It was hot as Hades, but so much fun!
I am on the right in the orange chair, sweating profusely, trying to hold onto the dogs who are under the picnic table, spraying myself with a battery-operated spritzer! My sister Teresa, in blue, is sitting at the picnic table, and old friend Jason is standing at the back, frying up the fish and hush puppies.
Tammy’s Tip: Book Site 21 if you can; it has the best view of the reservoir.