The Duncan Lake extension in Hattiesburg is officially open to the public! Visitors can now enjoy quick access to nature in more neighborhoods and learn more about Hattiesburg’s unique sandhill ecosystem.
Duncan Lake might be one of the Hub City’s best-kept secrets. This 17-acre lake is located just outside of downtown at the intersection of James Street and South Tipton Street.
Some of you may remember when city officials broke ground for the Duncan Lake extension in Hattiesburg last September. According to reports, the project was funded in part by a $120,000 grant received in 2019. It was part of the Recreation Trails Program grant awarded by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and the Federal Highway Administration.
The rest of the funding was provided by the “Your Penny at Work Project,” the one-cent hospitality tax. The Duncan Lake extension is one of 16 spaces to benefit directly from the additional tax revenue.
Now, the trail extends about a half a mile around the back of the lake. The eight-foot wide concrete path connects Alcorn Avenue in the East Jerusalem neighborhood to Duncan Lake.
Things to do at Duncan Lake
Of course, there’s hiking, biking, walking and jogging. Pack a picnic and enjoy an outdoor meal. Let the littles waddle after the ducks. Walk along the 60-foot boardwalk above the sandhill ecosystem part of the trail.
Find rare birds, trees and plants marked along the way. Did you know that Duncan Lake is one of six sandhill environments in the state? It’s also one of two open to the public!
In addition, the lake is fully stocked with bass, bream and catfish. However, there are daily limits for each. Bass and catfish have a five-bag limit each and bream has a 10 per bag limit.
Location and Hours
Leaving from Summer West Apartments off Westover Drive? Good news! You have at least three routes to choose from, and they all take less than 20 minutes.
Head to the intersection of South Tipton Street and James Street, or connect from the East Jerusalem neighborhood.
Duncan Lake is open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset. Can’t wait to see the completed project? Watch this video posted on the city’s Facebook page for an aerial tour of the Duncan Lake extension in Hattiesburg!
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