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Dothan Boat Club - Compass Lake, FL
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Dothan Boat Club - Compass Lake
Dothan Boat Club - Compass Lake, FL
Dock and Private Picnic Area, The Dothan Boat Club, 2012.


Dothan Boat Club Officers

Donnie Bowling - President
Scott McInnis - VP
Kris Clayton - Sec/Trea

Board of Directors:

Dick Wheatley
Bill Shealy
Karen Mullins
Mark Dean




A Brief History of Compass Lake, Florida

Compass Lake in the 1800'sCompass Lake, Florida, located in Jackson County, which was established from Escambia County in 1822 and named for Andrew Jackson, governor of the territories of East and West Florida (The Panhandle).

Compass Lake, spring feed, was originally shaped like a compass, perfectly round. A hydropower dam for a saw mill was built in the late 1800s or early 1900s. This caused the flooding of a cypress swamp and a small pond to the North. As a result the lake took on the shape of a fat seahorse as can be seen in aerial photos. The lake contains 581 acres.

Parks Service Station, August 9, 1936The first survey was July 10, 1904 on the West side. The post office was established in 1906 with Rambling W. Nelson the first postmaster. The town was later incorporate in 1907.

At the turn of the century Compass Lake was a thriving community with several stores, a hotel, school, train depot, post office, mule farm and a turpentine still (maybe other stills, too). Later there were Tung Oil and Satsuma groves, which flourished the community.

Dothan Alabama VacationersThe Bay Line Rail Road added much to Compass Lake as many from Dothan would travel to the lake for the weekend and return home. The train was said, "to have been stopped by a baby diaper by day and a lantern by night".

By the late 1950's Compass Lake fell to the wayside. The Satsuma crop was lost to freezes and Tung Oil to Argentina.

Even after Compass Lake was bypassed by the new four laneing of US 231, in the 1960's, the community has made a flourishing come back. Water sports, fishing and luxurious vacation homes have made a real economic impact to the area.

Vacationers in 1930's


Ski Team - Summer of 1965
Photo Summer 1965 + of the Dixie Ski Team on the beach of the Dothan Boat Club.
Notice the Stars and Bars Flags. Guys L-R: Carl King, Jack Peacock, Jack Mazingo, Bill Shealy, Hugh Wheelless, Henry King and Don McMullan, Girls L-R: Karen Hutchison, Bug Wheelless, Jan Mozingo. Sharon Mozingo, Susan King and Laura Mullins.



The Ford Cabin 1936


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Dothan Boat Club - Compass Lake
We had a great work day, April 1, 2006.

These are photos of the new president and VP discussing new improvements,
re-roofing the bath house and the Tea Garden is ready for the summer.


Dothan Boat Club - Compass Lake
The annual Dothan Boat Club Shrimp Boil was held July 1, 2006,
to celebrate Independance Day on 4th of July. A good time was had at all of the events,
which included kid's games, great shrimp, boat parade and of course fireworks.


Dothan Boat Club - Compass Lake
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