Think of West Point, the northern tip of the Golden Triangle, and two things usually come to mind: Bryan Foods and Old Waverly Golf Club. Each is a unique part of the city’s history. Bryan, with its world-famous bologna, hot dogs and other meat products, can be found at tailgates across the Southeast and is a major sponsor of Mississippi’s college and university athletic programs.
Old Waverly, a private club started by George Bryan, hosted the 1999 U.S. Women’s Open.
Clearly, world-class meat and golf are woven into West Point’s fabric.
Another part of West Point that shares in that heritage is Waverly Waters.
The 375-acre compound is a prime spot for everything from business meetings to small conferences, from family reunions to weddings. The main lodge is the centerpiece of the resort that opened in 1989. With its sprawling back porch, sleeping accommodations for 18 and a reception area that can handle 100 folks, the lodge sits on the main lake, a 70-acre spread of water designed by legendary bass fisherman Bill Dance.
“The hub or our resort area is the bass-fishing lake,” Waverly Waters COO Mike Reilly said. (Owner Robert Harrell) operated it for a good number of years by himself. And the lodge being right on the lake is a real amenity.”
But the options don’t end there.
Revelers who desire an outdoor venue can make their way to Waverly Waters Pavilion, an open-air cantina with exposed timbers and a tin roof. It sits adjacent to one of Clay County’s oldest pecan trees and can handle a crowd in excess of 500.
A primitive experience can be had at the Waverly Waters cabins, designed to satisfy the inner outdoorsman of visitors. A central fire pit is the centerpiece. Visitors can add some juice to their outdoor experience with skeet shooting and trails for riding all-terrain vehicles and mountain biking. And with a name like Waverly Waters, there had to be golf.
The resort features a par-three course, and Reilly said there are plans to knock the back deck off the main lodge and turn it into a driving range.
With all that, Reilly says that the fishing is still the biggest draw.
“We’ve got some fantastic fishing up here,” Reilly said, adding that Waverly Waters has the big, Dance-designed lake and three smaller ones. Each lake is stocked with Florida largemouth bass, northern largemouth bass, tiger bass, coppernose bluegill and red-eared bream.
And with summer almost here, fishing will be on the mind of many an angler. “Our most popular event varies depending on the time of the year. This is fishing season. That will keep us busy,” Reilly said. “I don’t think I’ve got a weekend open until August.”
Contact MBJ staff writer Clay Chandler at clay.chandler@ msbusiness.com .
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