These outdoor recreation destinations are located within a few miles of the City of Semmes. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, then be sure to check out these outdoor recreational opportunities.
Outdoor Recreation – Fishing in Big Creek Lake
Big Creek Lake, also called Converse Reservoir, is a 3,600-acre reservoir in west Mobile County which serves as the public water supply for the Mobile metropolitan area. This reservoir was formed by impounding Big Creek, which flows into the Escatawpa River drainage.
Bass and crappie fishing have been reported to be the best in recent years especially during the spring, following a drought in 2007. During the spring, bass are easily caught from the shallow grass beds on soft plastics, spinner baits, and top water baits and crappie are caught off the woody debris with live minnows or jigs. This lake has become more popular to bass anglers as tournament activity has increased in recent years.
Fox Landing which is located at the end of Howell’s Ferry Road is the only boating access point for Big Creek Lake; a launch fee is required. Botters Bait Farm, (251) 649-8140, on Wulff Road, is the closest live bait vendor to the lake. Bank fishing access is available at Fox Landing and at the US Hwy 98 Bridge. Bank fishing is not allowed on the dam or spillway areas. Despite limited access, this lake offers angling opportunities for largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish, and channel catfish.
Maps of Big Creek Lake are available at Keith’s Map Service on Schillinger Rd. in Mobile. For more information on Big Creek Lake, please see Mobile Area Water and Sewer System.
Contact the Fisheries Section’s District V office for specific questions about Big Creek Lake.
Outdoor Camping – Escatawpa Hollow
Escatawpa Hollow campground is located on US Hwy 98 (Moffett Rd.) at the Alabama/Mississippi state line. The Campground is on the Escatawpa River. The River features breathtaking white sandy beaches and serene amber colored flat-water. The river is mainly shallow with deep holes for great fishing. The campground features a sandbar for the pleasure of its campers and guest at Escatawpa Hollow. There are walking trails in the scenic wooded areas, with surprises of the little bridges over natural creeks and low place, with a tree house in the woods for children. There are lots of different flora and fauna for everyone’s enjoyment. Wild and Scenic River StudyIn a study conducted by the US Department of the Interior called the wild and scenic river study. It is noted that the Escatawpa River is probably the finest undeveloped black water stream in the nation. The Escatawpa River has a unique naturalness due primarily to the stewardship of the relatively few, large landowners.