End Summer With A Bang At Frank Jackson State Park

Grandfather and grandson on a fishing adventure.

Frank Jackson State Park is a 2,050-acre recreation area located in southern Alabama. The park offers plenty of activities to remain entertained throughout the day with fishing, walking trails, playgrounds, animal watching, picnic area, and campgrounds. The 1,000-acre state-managed Lake Jackson is the centerpiece of the park with an abundance of fishing opportunities peppered throughout.

There is a charge to enter the park. The entrance fee runs from $2 for anyone aged 4-11; $4 for anyone aged 12-61, and $2 for anyone aged 62 or up. Children under the age of four are free, however. 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.

The park is open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.


There are 32 RV campsites located throughout Frank Jackson State Park. The campsites are set up with Wi-Fi and cable service. Three of those sites include handicap accessibility. 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 visit www.reservealapark.com to check rates and date availability. All reservations will have a $4.75 one-time reservation fee at time of reservation, and a 3.75% resort fee added at check out.


Lake Jackson is 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. The park includes a two-lane concrete boat ramp.

Each April, the park hosts a bass fishing tournament.

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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. Various birds, fish, and other forms of wildlife are regular sites from the bridge. A short walking trail loops around the island.

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