For many of its customers, Ezell’s Fish Camp is much more than a restaurant. It is a cultural institution, representing a way of life very much connected to the community’s river heritage and to family tradition. This well known landmark, on the Tombigbee River, is believed to have been built by a French fur trader, and the building served as a trading post. It was later acquired by Charles Agnew (C. A.) Ezell and remains in the Ezell family today. Originally a classic “dogtrot” log cabin, with two rooms joined by a central breezeway, additional rooms have been added, providing space for the restaurant that is known far and wide for its catfish. Before Crumpton Bridge was constructed, this was also the location of Lott’s Ferry, and you’ll still find an active boat ramp below the restaurant.
This restaurant is located on the west bank of the Tombigbee River just north of the Hwy 10 river bridge at Lavaca, AL (GPS Coordinates 32.134996, -88.041820).
Sources: 1) Historic Choctaw Tour, by Ann H. Gay; 2) Alabama Black Belt Nature and Heritage Trail, a publication of the Alabama Bureau of Tourism & Travel.