The short answer is, a little of both.
Davis Canal apparently started out as part of Davis Creek, a natural waterway that flows into tidal marshes draining into Lockwoods Folly Inlet.
In the 1970s, though, parts of the creek were substantially dredged as part of the development of Long Beach. (The towns of Long Beach and Yaupon Beach merged in 1999 to form the town of Oak Island.)
Local sources still referred to the vicinity as “Davis Creek” until the late 1960s, according to files at the Barbee Library in Oak Island. By the early 1980s, though, it was commonly referred to as “Davis Canal.”
Davis Canal cuts through the middle of Oak Island to 40th Street and empties into the Intracoastal Waterway. The Oak Island Scenic Walkway leads over part of the canal. It is a favorite kayaking spot, and local fishermen report good results in its waters almost year-round, angling for trout, red snapper, flounder, black drum and other sport fish as well as bait fish. It is also reportedly good for shrimp netting during the summer.
Date posted: October 16, 2013
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