US Coast Guard boat house, Demopolis Lock and Dam, Demopolis AL, December 13, 2007
Watching the water in the cove suddenly start flowing out - then reverse in a few minutes. It took me a while to realize what that water flow is about. The campground is a half mile or so upstream of a lock & dam and the lock was being filled from upstream, in this case lifting a barge & tug which appeared out of the fog a half hour or so later, headed up river from Mobile AL I presume.
Later today I went online to the Recreation.gov web site and reserved this great spot for another 5 nights, arriving Thursday, leaving Tuesday. It's interesting how this reservation system works. The local people are not connected to the online reservation system so there is a time delay before they get notification of online reservations. Thus one can reserve a site locally for only two nights and one can not reserve a site online (or by phone) for those two nights. That way there is no overlap. That left me with a one night gap in my reservation so I went out to the gate and filled in that gap. Now I'm good for this site through 3:00 pm Tuesday.
Site 42 - Foscue Creek Campground, Demopolis AL
- This is a well maintained US Army Corps of Engineers campground with level paved sites, most with full hookups
- Many sites overlook the water of the inlets off Demopolis Lake on the Tombigbee River
- There is good biking on the park roads
- The campground is pretty full Thanksgiving week and is generally booked solid the weekend of the Demopolis Christmas on the River festival in early December.
- Poor Verizon cell phone service - access is via Extended Network, roaming
- No Verizon EVDO service - access is via the Extended Network and service varies is slow but reliable
- Only 3 miles to Wal-Mart and other services in Demopolis AL
- Find other references to Foscue Creek
- List the nights I've camped here
- Check the weather
- Reserve a site
- Get a map
Here I've clipped a few paragraphs from the excellent talk Return to Slavery: Will you be eating China's dust for breakfast? by Billie Best, Executive Director, Regional Farm and Food Project given on April 19, 2006 to the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Ecologic Club - Troy, New York, On the occasion of Ecologic Club launching a campaign to get more local foods into their campus food system.