South Abutment Pavilion

Arkabutla Lake

South Abutment Day Use Area sits along Arkabutla Lake and Dam in the hills of northwest Mississippi. The dam project is on the Coldwater River and offers some of the best sailing east of the Mississippi River.

Two pavilions, two restrooms, a playground, and plenty of parking for everyone. 

Need to Know

Natural Features

Located on a bluff overlooking the dam and lake. Playground for kids, and plenty of additional picnic tables and grills in the area. 

Nearby Attractions

Arkabutla Lake is situated about 30 minutes south of Memphis. We have three class A campgrounds nearby that will support RV's or tent camping with electric, water, and sewage hookups on site. We also have an additional three primitive campgrounds for tent camping only. 


Water is nearby, but no designated swim areas. PFDs are required to be worn while swimming. 

Changes & Cancellations

Cancellations may be made up until the day before the day of reservation. 

Contact Information


3905 Arkabutla Dam Rd Coldwater MS 38618


3200 Arkabutla Dam Road Coldwater MS 38618

Phone Number

For campground inquiries, please call: (662)562-6261

Rental Options

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Driving Directions

South Abutment Day Use is located on top of the hill between the South Abutment Campgrounds and the west side of Arkabutla Dam. 

Available Campsites

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