Red Creek is a name that can be found in different places of the world. One such place is by the Pascagoula River or its tributary that flows through the Mississippi state in the US. However, interestingly, it gains the name due to similar reasons that a creek was named in the state of New York. This creek has reddish waters which are colored by the tannins that are naturally occurring and located in the waterbed or under the bed of white sand. For its unique appearance, the Mississippi legislature named it State Scenic Stream.
Red Creek is known to originate in Lamar County and passes through areas like Jackson, George, Forrest and Pearl River counties. The Red Creek merges with the Black Creek in Jackson County and then it flows into the Pascagoula River. This creek also flows through De Soto national forest area and hence, there are several recreational activities and places to be found by the creek. For instance, there are float trips that you can undergo in Stone County by the creek’s course. One section is the clay shelves segment, which covers a distance of 9.7 miles between US Route 49 and Highway 26. The railroad trestle segment is a float trip that covers a total distance of 6.2 miles and lies between City Bridge and US route 49. The Red Bluff segment is the third float trip segment that extends 9.6 miles between Cable Bridge and City Bridge. The Natural Springs segment is the fourth segment of the float trip that covers a distance of 4.4 miles and extends between Mississippi highway 15 and Cable Bridge.
Besides the float trips that are popular in these segments you will find several camp areas by the creek waters, picnic areas as well as rest stops in the forest reserve areas. The waters of the creek are known for Diadromous fishes and other species of freshwaters for which there is much value here for sports fishing. The watershed area of Red Creek is rich in game species for which licensed hunting also occurs in the national forest area or the Red Creek wildlife management areas. As a result, these areas are known for cabins and other kinds of self-accommodation units to be found in and around the forest and wildlife reserve areas.
For those who are looking to visit the Red Creek area, it is a village located in Wayne County of the NY state. It has a mere population of five hundred or more and the village of Red Creek is often an off the way travel destination for many. It is located on the eastern side of Wolcott town with common boundaries shared with the adjacent towns like the Town of Victory or Town of Sterling.
The village saw early settlers here from 1811; its name changes to Red Creek later on, due to the creek that passed by the village; many believe that the creek got its name from the color of the water; it has a tainted red color due to the iron ore deposits that lie in the water bed. Local lore also says that, due to a tannery located at the falls at the northern side of the creek, the dye was disposed into a nearby pond that colored the falls and in turn, the creek’s water also acquired the red tint.
The village saw considerable growth in the 1850s, but a widespread fire destroyed much of the business around 1874. The area remains a rural settlement that many love to visit, as it is situated on New York State route 104A and close to Cayuga County.
Another interesting aspect is the Red Creek Inn that was formed in Henrietta, located in Rochester County nearby. This place grew to be much more than a passersby inn and gained the reputation of a popular restaurant and nightclub in the area. Known for the eclectic food and music that the restaurant had, it gained popularity due to the famous personalities who set foot in this place. Many bands played here such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, David Crosby, Muddy Waters, Roomful of Blues and others like Bob Dylan. Most performed here at a time when they had not become so popular or legends in their own right.
The owners introduced Mexican food here in the eighties and the Cajun cuisine they served along with exotic Caribbean dishes got the attention of many publishers who wrote reviews of the food served at this restaurant. The Red Creek opened in the early seventies by Jeff Springut who grew up in parts of Rochester. Today one might not find this eatery anymore on the busy Jefferson road which has modern entertainment and eatery venues to offer.