Emmet Woods Lake & Healing Springs

The Washington County State Public Lake (or Emmet Wood Lake) is a 84 acre lake located 2 miles west of Millry.

The Washington County State Public Lake (or Emmet Wood Lake) is a 84 acre lake located 2 miles west of Millry, Alabama. Clean public restrooms and concessions are available, including a wide variety of fishing tackle, live and artificial baits, and other fishing supplies, as well as drinks and refreshments. An accessible fishing pier makes it easy to reach deeper water without using a boat. Fish attractors have been added around the lake. Boats are also available for rent; a launching ramp is available for anglers with their own boats. Boats may have an outboard motor attached, but anglers may not use the outboard motor, only the trolling motor. Picnic pavilions are available; contact the lake manager.

Washington County State Public Lake has both primitive camping and RV spaces available. These spaces can be reserved at the concession building. This lake is a popular camping location. It is advised to call ahead, especially if you are interested in a holiday weekend.

Bass fishing is good year-round, with the biggest usually caught from the middle of January through the middle of March when they are near the bank. Bluegill and shellcracker (redear sunfish) are caught by bank and boat anglers from spring through summer. Catfish are caught year-round, but the summer and fall months are best.

For additional information, call (251) 846-2512

Healing Springs is located in north Washington County near Millry. It has been rumored to have healing powers since an Indian Chief discovered them three hundred years ago.

Healing Springs was once a thriving resort in the early part of the 20th Century. People came by train to stay at the hotel and drink the water. There were originally 33 springs which dwindled to 17. There are now three that overflow and are operational. They are designated as being for different conditions.

People come at all hours to collect the water to drink. The gates are open to the public during all the daylight hours. There is a man who lives on the site of the ruins of the old hotel and springs who leaves the gate open when he goes to work, then closes it at night.

Virginia Radley, the owner of the Healing Springs property has a house on the property that she visits frequently. She tells of the man who came by just a few nights ago about ten o’clock. The gates were locked and he blew his car horn to get somebody’s attention. He had driven from Quitman, Mississippi to get water. When told that the springs were open only in daylight hours, he said “You don’t understand. I just got off from work and came straight here. My whole family drinks this water for their heath, including my elderly mother. She depends on this water.” He was allowed to get the water, but told in the future, he would have to make other arrangements.

Nearest Highway: AL 17
Daylight Hours only

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