Emmet Woods Lake

Located in Washington County | What you’ll find: Birding | Camping | Outdoor Recreation

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.

The lake has a fishing pier that makes it easy to fish deep water if you do not have a boat. There is a launching ramp for fishermen with their own boat.  Boats may have an outboard motor attached but it cannot be used in the lake, only the trolling motor can be used. Boats are also available for rent. Picnic pavilions are also available. Washington County State Public Lake has both primitive camping and RV spaces available. The lake is a featured Piney Woods birding site on the Alabama Birding Trails.

For additional information, call (251) 846-2512



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