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Oil sends boaters north


By David Elliott – bio | email

STONE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The oil crisis in the Gulf has restricted boating opportunities in coastal Mississippi. On top of that, some beaches have been closed because of tar balls and oil.

Some people looking for fun in the water are traveling to the 640 acre lake at Flint Creek in Stone County. The reservoir on the outskirts of Wiggins is part of the Pat Harrison Waterway District.

"Over the last four or five weeks, we've seen so many people here. I guess it's the uncertainty on the coast," said Stewart Smith, Special Projects Director for the Pat Harrison Waterway District. "We're seeing more large boats than we usually do."

Shannon Perry and her family spent the weekend at Flint Creek, and she said it was as crowded as she's ever seen it.

"There were so many people swimming and tubing. There were so many boats," Perry said.

Flint Creek has a water park, 48 cabins and 152 campsites. You can learn more about Flint Creek and all the other parks and facilities in the Pat Harrison Waterway District at www.waterparkin.com.

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