Fifteen years ago, Brookhaven resident Camilo Duran discovered his slice of peace and quiet in the city: the lake at Murphey Candler Park (MCP). Duran typically fishes there two to three days a week, early in the morning on weekends or in the afternoons during the week.
“When I was building my house, I learned about the lake,” he says. “There are plenty of fish, the view is beautiful, and it’s a nice place to relax and grill with my family.”
For decades, MCP was the only major park in the area serving Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Chamblee and Doraville. It still remains the largest park in all of North DeKalb.
The MCP lake is man-made and home to largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish and channel catfish. In addition to the lake, the park also boasts walking trails, tennis courts, a playground, picnic pavilions and sports fields.
Murphey Candler Park
1551 West Nancy Creek Drive
WORD OF ADVICE:
Be sure you get a valid State of Georgia fishing license before heading to the lake, advises Duran. (More information on where to obtain a license is available at georgiawildlife.com.)
Head to the rooftop patio at PURE Taqueria in Brookhaven and enjoy their signature fish tacos (topped with poblano slaw and chipotle mayo) and an ice-cold margarita.
3589 Durden Drive
PHOTO: SCOTT REEVES