Flint Creek Water Park

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Flint Creek Water Park
FlintCreekReservoir aerial photo.jpg
Aerial view of Flint Creek Reservoir
Map showing the location of Flint Creek Water Park
Map showing the location of Flint Creek Water Park
Map showing the location of Flint Creek Water Park
Map showing the location of Flint Creek Water Park
LocationStone County, Mississippi
Nearest cityWiggins
Coordinates30°52′17″N 89°07′17″W / 30.87139°N 89.12139°W / 30.87139; -89.12139Coordinates: 30°52′17″N 89°07′17″W / 30.87139°N 89.12139°W / 30.87139; -89.12139
Area1,900 acres (770 ha)
Established1969 (1969)[1]
Visitors350,000—500,000 annually (in 2003[1])
Governing bodyPat Harrison Waterway District
Flint Creek Water Park

Flint Creek Water Park, located in Wiggins, Mississippi, is part of the Pat Harrison Waterway District, which is a Mississippi State Agency providing outdoor recreation and management of the Pascagoula River Basin.[2] The purpose of the nine water parks located in southeast and east-central Mississippi is to provide flood control, water management, and recreation.

This is not to be confused with the Flint Creek Waterpark in Colcord, Oklahoma on the Flint Creek that flows through Arkansas and Oklahoma.[3]

Description[edit]

The 1,900-acre (7.7 km2) Flint Creek Water Park provides a wide assortment of outdoor recreational opportunities, most focusing on water sports.[4] The 600-acre (2.4 km2) Flint Creek Reservoir is created by an earthen dam impounding the headwaters of Flint Creek, which flows south into Red Creek,[5] a tributary of the Pascagoula River.

The lake is stocked with popular southern sporting fish: largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, and catfish. The swimming area, which is seasonally open, features several water slides suitable for either children or adults. A nature trail provides visitors with an opportunity to enjoy outdoor scenery, plants, and wildlife. There are several options for overnight visitors— 156 Class A RV campsites, 40 primitive campsites, 34 vacation cabins and 12 camphouses.[6] A picnic area with tables and barbecue pits is also available for day use.

In May 2015, Splash of Fun opened within the Water Park and replaced Water Town recreation area. Splash of Fun recreation amenities include water slides, a swimming pool, lazy-river tubing, and a putt-putt golf course.[7]

Flint Creek Water Park is about 2 miles (3 kilometers) from the Wiggins business district (via Highway 29), which provides a full complement of basic services.[8] The Water Park is about 35 miles (56 kilometers) from the Mississippi Gulf Coast, accessible via U.S. Route 49.

In popular culture[edit]

Two annual events are very popular with both visitors and the local community. A fireworks display celebrates the Fourth of July, and a haunted forest is offered the Saturday before Halloween.

Flint Creek Water Park served as a film location for the movies Shark Lake in 2015[9] and Hunt Club in 2022.[10]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Stone County Enterprise July 30, 2003, Page 6 – Flint Creek Water Park offers year round fun". stc.stparchive.com. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Pat Harrison Waterway District | Home". www.phwd.net. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  3. ^ "Flint Creek Waterpark". TravelOK.com. Retrieved July 15, 2021.
  4. ^ "Pat Harrison Waterway District | Flint Creek Water Park". www.phwd.net. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  5. ^ Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain. "Red Creek Blueway". ltmcp.org. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-27. Retrieved 2010-02-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Lacy, Mike. "Splash of Fun opens with a splash at Flint Creek Water Park". wlox.com. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  8. ^ "City of Wiggins, Mississippi | Home". www.cityofwiggins.com. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  9. ^ Leggett-Brown, Karrie (January 29, 2015). "Movie magic comes to Wiggins, Mississippi". wdam.com. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  10. ^ Berryhill, Lyndy (February 23, 2022). "LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION! Movie Filming In Flint Creek Park". Stone County Enterprise. Retrieved 2022-03-25.