QUALITY OF LIFE: RECREATION
Prentiss County offers many recreational opportunities for visitors and residents alike, with a wealth of sports and outdoor activities that appeal to people of all ages and interests.
Because of the terrain and climate, the area abounds with unspoiled natural lands and unparalleled hunting and fishing opportunities. Or, if you choose, you can elect to spend time with your family at one of our city and community parks with features like ball fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, picnic areas, and walking trails. Golfers will also find numerous opportunities to perfect their skills on the many courses available in and around Prentiss County.
BAY SPRINGS LAKE
Containing 6,700 acres and with 133 miles of shoreline, Bay Springs is the only deep water lake on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. The lake is connected to the Yellow Creek embayment of the Tennessee River by a 25-mile-long canal. Bay Springs provides a variety of recreational opportunities, including outstanding fishing, boating, swimming, and water skiing. In addition, numerous other facilities such as campgrounds, beaches, picnic areas, overlooks, and a marina have been constructed for public use. Also, located on a 530-acre peninsula of the lake, is the Crow’s Neck Environmental Education Center. Operated by Northeast Mississippi Community College, the center offers an array of programming sure to interest the teacher, naturalist, and curious learner.
A one-of-a-kind playground in Booneville, Kidstown is a place for kids of all ages to have fun and play the day away. Kidstown was built during the first week of May, 1997, when over 300 volunteers came together to show their community spirit and give back to the community by building this supersized, handicapped-accessible playground at Booneville City Park. Every day you will see kids ready and willing to explore every inch of this 30,000-square-foot structure, which looks like a big fort and has swings, monkey bars, sand boxes, and many other places to play.
JOHN BELL WILLIAMS GAME MANAGEMENT AREA
Located in the southeastern part of Prentiss County is the John Bell Williams Game Management Area. This public use area of approximately 11,000 acres is operated by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Tombigbee River Valley Water Management District. Used primarily for hunting, the area also offers the opportunity to see a diversity of habitat that affords homes to a wide variety of wildlife. Among the many species inhabiting the area are deer, turkey, squirrel, raccoon, opossum, beaver, rabbit, quail, and a variety of waterfowl.
ROSS B. PHARR PARK
In addition to the normal ball fields, swings and playgrounds, the Ross B. Park in the Town of Marietta is home to a unique natural attraction. The Park is located around a fascinating twenty square foot area of earth containing thirteen springs of running water that have been identified to have nine different varieties of water. The area, first inhabited by Native Americans, was originally called “Nemo Akim” or “Purple Shell.”