Water Valley, with a population of about 12,678 is located in the northeastern part of the county. It is just a 20 minute drive to Oxford, MS, home of the University of Mississippi (“Ole Miss”). Water Valley is close to three lakes, Enid, Grenada, and Sardis which provide excellent opportunities for outdoor recreation including: boating, fishing, hunting, camping and trail riding.
Community pride is evident here. A growing arts community, garden clubs and the refurbishment of historic downtown buildings is making Water Valley an even more attractive place to live. The community won “Best Public Improvement Project award” in 2008 for its Main street improvement efforts, and the Town and Country Garden Club won first place in a six-state competition for its work in restoring the downtown Railroad Park and Pavilion.
Coffeeville, with a population of 905 is located in the center of the county, offering a short commute to centers of employment in the nearby communities of Water Valley, Oxford and Grenada. Situated between Enid Lake and Grenada Lake, Coffeeville residents find many opportunities for outdoor recreation on the lakes and in the adjoining state parks. Warm summers and mild winters provide a long season for enjoying the outdoors.
Oakland is a small town of 508 located in the far northwestern part of the county. Adjacent to Interstate 55, it provides convenient access to a string of cities from Memphis TN to Jackson MS. For those who enjoy outdoor recreation Enid Lake and Cossar State Park are the crown jewels of Oakland. The world’s largest crappie was caught from the lake and is on display at the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery and Visitor/Education Center.
While each community has its own distinctive flavor and appeal they all share a welcome atmosphere, a spirit of inclusiveness, home-town friendliness, and a comfortable pace of life.