Arkabutla Lake

4.67 out of 5
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Campground Description

Year-round campground offer family sites and group day-use shelters, all with electric hookups. Amenities include flush toilets, showers and drinking water, creating a comfortable camping experience for guests.
Contact: US Army Corps of Engineer (
Posted by: TrailAPI on May 31, 2013


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Campground Activities

Families come to Arkabutla Lake to enjoy the great outdoors by fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, and biking. Wildlife management areas around Arkabutla Lake boast a combined 30,000 acres of public hunting lands where whitetail deer, wild turkeys, quail and waterfowl roam. Several trails wind around the lake and throughout the nearby landscape. The Coldwater River Nature Trail System encompasses two hiking trails as well as an interpretive trail that helps educate hikers on the wildlife and ecosystem. The Swinging Bridge Nature Trail is also nearby, and includes a section of land that was part of the river prior to the dam being built. This trail is also an interpretive educational trail. Thousands of people each year visit Arkabutla Lake to go fishing. The lake is home to several species of native fish to Mississippi waters, such as largemouth bass, bream, catfish and crappie.

Campground Amenities

Boat Launch, Drinking Water, Dump Station, Flush Toilet, Hookup - Electric, Pets OK, Picnic Table, Playground, Showers

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Camping Fees

$16-$20 per night

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Reviews of Arkabutla Lake

Reviewed by bigsweet on March 13, 2010

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what "ya'll" need to know is that there are a few places to camp here. There are campgrounds with water/electricity suitable for R.V.s, they're $18-$20 a night. They also have primitive sites for up to $6 a night (free during the winter months.) I spent 1 weekend here and can see myself exploring the other campsites here in the near future. Like mountain man said, lot of crappie fishin going on, also, a good series of hiking trails up to 5 miles. A great example of nature along with human intervention.
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Reviewed by Guest on February 5, 2007

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A friend and I went to Chevelon Canyon a few months ago expecting another easy-going Rim Lake experience. We were wrong. Access to the campground was a bit difficult, having been used to really smooth and easy roads on the other lakes in the vicinity. We tried to drive my 2WD truck down to the lake, but only made it about 50 ft. The road down to the lake looks extremely difficult, and frankly not recommended for any 2WD low clearance vehicle. When we set up camp, we then packed it down to the lake, which seemed like it took days. However, overall, it was a great experience. Weather was great, the few people we saw were nice, and the fishing is excellent.
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Reviewed by Guest on February 2, 2007

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Located just 30 minutes from Memphis, west off I-55, on Hwy 51 South, Hernando Point has 68 great RV spots with level pads, electric (30 & 50 amps), water for large RV's. Rent is low and security is good. If in the area, you want be unhappy with a stay in this park.
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