Chickasabogue Park

Location:

60 Aldock Road Eight Mile 36613
Phone: (251) 574-2267
Eight Mile, AL 36613
(251) 574-2267


Overview:

Chickasabogue Park is a 1,100-acre outdoor recreation facility and wildlife refuge. It provides a wide variety of outdoor activities in a natural setting while protecting the environment and preserving the diversity of plants and animals indigenous to the area.

The park is open from 7 a.m. until dusk for day-use activities and is open 24 hours for campers. The gates are locked at night and professional guards are on duty to assist campers and enforce park rules.


Fee Schedule:

Primitive Camping: $5 per tent (2 people), $2.50 each additional person Back Country Camping:$10 per tent (2 people), $2.50 each additional person; 8 people maximum per site Picnic Pavilions:$20 deposit for reservation; total cost depends on the number of people Grills:$15 for large grills at pavilions; small grills free Canoe Rental:$5 per hour; $20 daily (canoes must be returned by 5 p.m.)


Admission:

Under 6 Free
6-11 Years 0.50
12-59 Years 1.00
60+ Years Free


Improved Camping:

These rates are for 4 people or less; $2.50 for each extra person; $5.00 for extra tent; 2 tent maximum per site. 10% discount to GoodSam Camping Club members. Other discounts for Coast to Coast and Adventures Unlimited members.

w/sewer/power/water $18
w/power/water $15
w/power/water - tents only $ 10


Camping:


Campers of all ages love our large, private RV and tent sites nestled under relaxing canopies of oaks, dogwoods, and pines. Wildlife abounds in the park and, if you are quiet enough, a deer, fox, raccoon or even a tank-like armadillo may wander by your campsite. Trained security guards are on duty 24 hours a day and they make regular patrols of the campground to insure your safety and enforce the campground rules such as: quiet hours between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m., no firearms or fireworks, pets must be on a leash and have current inoculations, no visitors after 8 p.m., and no more than 8 people per site. If your goal is more of a "wilderness" experience, we have primitive campsites on the banks of scenic Chickasaw Creek that can be reached only by boat or 15- to 20-minute hike. You can backpack, rent a canoe at the park or launch your own boat at our ramp in order to reach these sites. Fish right from your campsite or explore the many oxbow lakes off the main creek for bass, bluegill, crappie or catfish.


Canoeing:


Canoes can be rented daily at the park office from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. You can paddle the same routes taken by Indians or pirates hundreds of years earlier, or simply relax and soak up some rays on one of the many sugar-white sand bars. There are even rumors of treasure buried by pirates.


Hiking / Cycling:


More than 17 miles of hiking and biking trails wind through hardwood hills, sandy pine flats and across swamps on wooden bridges. Most of the trails are single track and located away from the developed areas of the park. It is common to see deer and other wildlife along these remote areas as you enjoy nature's soothing sights, sounds, and smells. Several mountain bike competitions have been held on our course, including the Alabama State Championships and Alabama Sports Festival competitions. Although mountain bikes are suitable for the more hilly sections, there are plenty of trails and paved roads suitable for skinny bike tires. Bring the whole family and enjoy a fun day of hiking or biking at Chickasabogue Park! Helmets are recommended for cyclists of all ages.


Fishing:


Bass, bluegill, crappie, catfish, pickerel, and goggle-eye are the most common species caught from the shore, while flounder, redfish, striped bass, and drum can be found further downstream where the creek nears the Mobile River. Other less common species such as sturgeon, spoonbills, alligator gars and bowfins may be encountered at different times of the year. Bluegills begin to bed in sloughs and pond off the main creek around the full moon in April and peak around the full moon in May. If you find the right spot, you can fill your ice chest with your catch in a matter of minutes using crickets or popping bugs for bait. Big bass up to 7 1/2 pounds have been caught from the shore, usually in April as they come out of the deep water to spawn in the shallows. Plastic worms, spinner baits, and top water lures account for most of the bass, but many are caught on minnows or earthworms.


Picnicking:


Grills and picnic tables are located throughout the Park and are available on a first-come basis. Picnic pavilions can be reserved in advance for groups from as small as 25 to more than 1,000 people. Pavilions are situated at the beach area and on the sports field. Volleyball and horseshoes are provided without charge with pavilion rentals. Additionally, the sports field pavilion users have access to basketball courts, softball fields, a performing arts stage and a wide variety of playground equipment.


Museum:


Located near the park office is the oldest Methodist /Episcopal church in Alabama. It is now a museum with exhibits and artifacts from various periods of foreign, Indian, and local occupation. French, Spanish, and English colonial artifacts and maps are found here, as well as prehistoric Indian, African slave, and plantation-era memorabilia. Many photographs of old Mobile scenes hang on the walls.


Disc Golf:


Inexpensive and fun for all ages, one of the most popular activities at Chickasabogue revolves around our championship 27-hole disc golf course. Sanctioned by the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA), the course winds through scenic wooded areas and across wide-open fields which present a wide variety of challenging shots. Played like traditional golf, special golf Frisbees of different styles and weights are used for "drives," "approach shot," and "putts." The "holes" are metal poles with baskets attached that have chains hanging down to slow frisbees and allow them to drop into the baskets. There are par 3, 4, and 5 holes of different lengths and difficulty levels. Guys and gals of all ages and occupations play disc golf. They are a very friendly bunch and would be happy to explain some of the techniques and subtleties of the game to new players. Local handicap tournaments are held every Thursday afternoon and several major PDGA tourneys are held at different times of the year, drawing competitors from all over the Southeast. The Halloween Howler tournament held around the end of October is the most popular, with locals adopting and decorating their favorite "holes" for the occasion. Awards are handed out and a big cookout is held afterward. Golf Frisbees are available for sale or rent at the park office. Caution! May be addicting!!!


Swimming:


The Park maintains a roped-off swim area on Chickasaw Creek with a white sandy beach for sun worshipers and swimmers. The refreshing, clear water is ice cold even in the dog days of summer, providing welcome relief from the heat and humidity. Picnic tables, grills, and playground equipment are also located in the beach area. Covered pavilions are available to reserve for company picnics, family reunions, or other group outings. A boat launch ramp is located just upstream of the swim area.





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