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Camping at Chewalla Lake Recreation Area

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Overview of Chewalla Lake Recreation Area

Chewalla Lake Recreation Area, located in Holly Springs National Forest in Mississippi, is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. This scenic area offers a peaceful retreat for campers, hikers, and nature lovers looking to enjoy the tranquility of a natural forest setting.

Camping Information


  • Campsites: Chewalla Lake Recreation Area offers campsites suitable for tents and RVs, with spots available on a first-come, first-served basis as well as through reservations.
  • Picnic Areas: There are picnic areas for day-use visitors complete with tables and grilling spots.
  • Bathrooms: The recreation area has restroom facilities, though the availability of showers may vary, so it's advisable to check current conditions.


  • There is typically a fee for overnight camping, and there may be a separate day-use fee for visitors not staying overnight. These fees are subject to change, so campers should check for the most current pricing before their trip.


  • Water Access: Drinking water is usually accessible at the site, but again, it is prudent to confirm the current status before arrival.
  • Electric Hookups: Some campsites may offer electric hookups for RVs, though availability can be limited and should be verified in advance.

Activities in Chewalla Lake Recreation Area

  • Hiking: Trails of varying lengths and difficulty can be found within the area, providing opportunities for hikers to explore.
  • Swimming and Fishing: Chewalla Lake is a center of activity, where visitors can swim or fish. Ensure you have the necessary permit if you plan to fish.
  • Boating: Non-motorized boating is typically allowed. Be sure to check if you need to bring your own equipment or if rentals are available.

Regulations and Safety

  • Fire Regulations: Campfires are usually allowed in designated fire rings, but always check current fire conditions, as restrictions may apply during periods of high fire risk.
  • Wildlife: Since you’ll be in a national forest, always secure food and trash to protect wildlife and maintain a clean environment.
  • Fishing Regulations: Anyone fishing in Chewalla Lake must follow the Mississippi state fishing regulations, which require a valid fishing license.
  • Quiet Hours: Most campgrounds enforce quiet hours to ensure a pleasant experience for all campers. Check the site's specific rules upon arrival.

Emergency Information:

  • Weather Updates: Stay updated on the latest weather forecasts and be prepared for changing conditions.
  • Local Authorities: Know how to contact the local ranger station and have a plan for reaching emergency services if needed.

Planning a Trip to Chewalla Lake Recreation Area


  • While some sites may be available on a first-come, first-served basis, making a reservation is recommended, especially during peak seasons.

Seasonal Considerations:

  • Chewalla Lake Recreation Area may have different operating seasons and might not offer all services year-round. Check ahead to confirm that the area will be open and fully operational during your planned visit.

Packing Essentials:

  • Make sure to pack essential camping gear, including a quality tent, sleeping bags, and appropriate clothing for the season. Don't forget bug repellent, sunscreen, and a first-aid kit.

To get the most current information, always check with the USDA Forest Service or the Holly Springs National Forest's official website or contact them directly before your trip. Conditions and regulations can change, and staying informed will help ensure a safe and enjoyable camping experience.

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