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DAVIS LAKE CAMPGROUND, MS

part ofNational Forests in Mississippi, US Forest Service
Photo: DAVIS LAKE CAMPGROUND
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Davis Lake Recreation Area is home to beautiful Davis Lake, Campground and Day Use Area, popular for all kinds of recreational opportunities, including swimming, fishing, boating, birding and wildlife viewing. The surrounding scenic forests make Davis Lake a picturesque place to spend quality time outdoors.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated in a hilly, mixed hardwood and pine forest that stretches along the eastern shore of the lake. It is located within 4 miles of the Natchez Trace Parkway, a 444-mile drive through exceptional scenery and 10,000 years of North American history.

Recreation:

Davis Lake covers 200 acres and provides multiple recreational opportunities. A grassy swimming beach is situated on the shore, where many anglers cast for largemouth bass, hybrid striped bass, crappie, catfish and bream. The campground has 14 sites on the lake, many of them with space to anchor a boat. A 2-mile trail wanders along the north edge of the lake to several earthen fishing piers.

Visitors can also spend time birding, watching for a variety of geese and ducks that migrate through the area. Hawks, herons, bluebirds and doves are also plentiful, among many other species. Wildlife viewing is also available, as foxes and bobcats call the area home.

The Chickasaw OHV Trail is a newly renovated 12-mile motorized trail that is within three miles of the campground. The trailhead lies between the Davis Lake recreation area and the Natchez Trace Parkway. It is within a mile of the Owl Creek Mounds archaeological interpretive site. It is open between April 1 and Oct. 31, for hunting. The trail accommodates off-road vehicles 48-inches in width or less.

Cyclists and hikers will enjoy the Tanglefoot Trail. This multiple-use Rails-to-Trails path is located 5 miles west of Davis Lake. It runs 43.5 miles from Houston to New Albany, MS through Houlka, Algoma, Pontotoc, Ecru, and Ingomar

Facilities:

The recreation area offers more than two dozen campsites, a picnic area, a group shelter, accessible flush toilet facilities and a dump station. Davis Lake has multiple fishing docks, including some that are accessible.

Campsites are equipped with tables, lantern posts and campfire rings with grills. Drinking water is provided.

A picnic shelter can also be reserved on-site, for an additional $40 per day fee.

Nearby Attractions:

The recreation area is located 21 miles south of Tupelo, Mississippi, and 12 miles north of Houston.

The Owl Creek Mounds, an archaeological interpretive site containing Native American ruins, is about 50 miles away.

The Witchdance Horsetrail is an 18-mile horseback riding trail that can be accessed from both the Payamatha Trailhead (on Highway 32, west of the Natchez Trace and east of Highway 15), or the Witchdance trailhead, that lies on the Natchez Trace Parkway (approximately 5 miles east of Houston).

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Fishing Dock
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Sites
  • Beach Access
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Lake Access
  • Lantern Posts
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Vending Machines
  • Washer & Dryer
  • Water Skiing
  • Waterfront Sites
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Additional fees are required for day-use parking and use of the boat ramp
  • Pets are not allowed on the beach
  • Click here for more information on the Tombigbee District of the National Forests of Mississippi


Due to the spread of invasive insects, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Help protect our forests by purchasing or collecting firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Click here for more information.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help protect our forests! Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. Moving firewood is illegal in some states. Visit dontmovefirewood.org to learn more.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.04722, -88.93889
34°2'50"N, 88°56'20"W

From Tupelo, drive 17 miles south on the Natchez Trace Parkway to the Davis Lake Recreation Area Exit at milepost 243. Turn right on Davis Lake Road and continue 4 miles to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

DAVIS LAKE CAMPGROUND
MISSISSIPPI, NATIONAL FOREST I
  MS 

Phone Number:

Project Office: (662)285-3264
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