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Arkabutla Lake is a reservoir on the Coldwater River located in the U.S. state of Mississippi, primarily in DeSoto County. It is one of four Flood Damage Reduction reservoirs in North Mississippi managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Memphis District. Arkabutla Lake Park provides recreational opportunities for visitors including camping, fishing, boating, and hiking.


Facilities: Arkabutla Lake offers various types of camping facilities, from developed campgrounds with full amenities to more primitive sites. Campgrounds may offer features such as electrical hookups, picnic tables, fire rings, grills, and nearby restrooms and showers.

Reservations: Camping spots can be reserved in advance. The reservation process can typically be handled through the Recreation.gov website or by calling the park directly. Some campgrounds may also have first-come, first-served sites.

Fees: There are fees associated with camping, which can vary depending on the type of campsite and amenities. Check the current rates when planning your trip.

Camping Season: While some campgrounds may be open year-round, others are seasonal. It's important to check the operating dates for specific campgrounds.

Rules and Regulations: Campers must follow park rules and regulations to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all visitors. This includes proper disposal of garbage, keeping pets on a leash, quiet hours, and fire safety rules.

Recreational Activities

Fishing: Arkabutla Lake is known for its excellent fishing opportunities, with species like crappie, bass, and catfish available. Anglers must possess a valid Mississippi fishing license.

Boating: The lake allows for a variety of boating activities, and there are multiple boat ramps available. Boaters should comply with all state boating laws and regulations.

Hiking and Trails: There are several trails around Arkabutla Lake for hiking and mountain biking. These trails offer a chance to explore the natural beauty of the area.

Swimming: Swimming is permitted in designated areas. There are no lifeguards on duty, so swimming is at one’s own risk.

Wildlife Watching: The area around Arkabutla Lake is rich in wildlife, making it a great spot for bird watching and nature observation.

Contact Information and Location

Before heading to the lake, it is advisable to contact the Arkabutla Lake Field Office for the latest information on camping facilities, fees, and any advisories or regulations.

Arkabutla Lake Field Office: 3905 Arkabutla Dam Rd Coldwater, MS 38618 Phone: [number may vary, check the most recent sources]

Additional Tips

  • Weather: Be prepared for changing weather conditions and check the forecast before your trip.
  • Supplies: Bring all necessary supplies, including bug repellent, sunscreen, and any personal items.
  • Conservation: Respect the natural environment by following Leave No Trace principles: pack out what you pack in, stay on designated trails, and respect wildlife and plant life.
  • Safety: Always inform someone of your travel plans and expected return time when heading into the outdoors.

By keeping these pieces of information in mind, you can plan a successful and enjoyable camping trip to Arkabutla Lake Park.

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