Enjoy A Day Out At Frank Jackson State Park

Fisherman with rod, spinning reel on the river bank.

Anchored by Lake Jackson, Frank Jackson State Park is a 2,050-acre recreation area located in southern Alabama near Opp. Though much of the activity centers on the 1,000-acre state-managed lake, the park offers plenty to keep you busy with fishing, playgrounds, animal watching, picnic areas, and three miles of hiking trails. Not only can you spend several hours navigating the wonders of nature, you can also set up shop for the evening at the park’s campgrounds that include RV-friendly campsites right on the lake’s shore. However, before you make the trip out, be aware that entering the park is not free. The entrance fees are $2 for those aged 4-11; $4 for those aged 12-61, and $2 for anyone aged 62 or up. Children under the age of four are free. Additional charges include $4 per boat to launch, with the price dipping down to $2 per boat if you are 62 and older. Annual passes can be purchased for $155 per family, $105 for individual use, and $65 for individual seniors.

Fishing

With Lake Jackson as the centerpiece, it comes as no surprise that fishing is the main attraction. Fortunately, anglers need not worry about a lack of options as the lake is specially stocked and managed with an abundance of bass, bluegill, bream, crappie, and catfish. There are boat launch ramps and a grassy beach that provide water access for boaters, canoers, and swimmers. A handicap-accessible fishing platform is located at the northwest end of the dam.

Of note, October marks the beginning of the transition from summer to fall fishing. Cooler water and shorter days change the fishes feeding behavior, which continues until winter.

Camping

There are 32 RV campsites sprinkled throughout Frank Jackson State Park. Three of those sites include handicap accessibility. The campsites are set up with Wi-Fi and cable service. There also is a handicap accessible bathhouse, picnic pavilion and walkway located adjacent to the campground. All sites include water, electricity, sewer, and cable. Rate varies by date, availability, and unit amenities. You can make a reservation online here, or by calling the park office.

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Trails

Frank Jackson State Park features three miles of relaxed walking trails. The main feature is the bridge that leads from the boat ramp to the island. A short walking trail loops around the island. The park is open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.