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CAMPGROUND NAME: Chewalla Lake

VISIT DATE: 04/18/1997

UPDATE DATE: 2/17/2014

STATE: Mississippi

REGION: Southern

RANGER DISTRICT: Holly Springs

NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Holly Springs

RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation

DIRECTIONS:
In Holly Springs, MS, at the intersection of State Rts. 4 and 7, take 
Rt. 4 east 1.4 miles to Chewalla Lake sign.  At sign, bear right and 
go 5.7 miles to Chewalla Lake Recreation Area sign (Forest Rt. 611 - 
Chewalla Lake Rd.).  Turn left at sign and go 1.3 miles to campground.

GENERAL COMMENTS:
The elevation is 400 ft.

The campground is heavily wooded with pine and hardwoods, including 
Sweet gum and oak.  The campground's large Dogwoods provide a beautiful 
display in the Spring and nice color in the Fall.  There are deep gullies 
caused by erosion from when the land was over-farmed.  These deep gullies, 
many lined by a split rail fence to reduce the risk of accidents, actually 
add character to the campground.  The campground has two unnamed loops.  
One loop winds around several gullies and the campsites in this loop have 
longer, level parking aprons.  The other loop is on a hillside overlooking 
Chewalla Lake and the swim beach.  The privacy in this loop is better than 
the other.  However, the topography and erosion make the parking aprons at 
several sites more tent or car-camping friendly.  In the campground is a mound 
that some believe is an Indian Mound.  

A possible day trip for campers interested in Civil War history is visiting 
Holly Springs and its antebellum house.  There are over 200 buildings in the 
town listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  During April of 
each year, there is the annual Holly Springs Pilgrimage and the town also 
offers a variety of other activities that can be found on their website.

SEASONS
Open Seasonal: Yes
Open All Year: No

Comments:
Open March 1 through November 1

RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED
$7 per day - no electric hookups
$20 per day - electric hookups
Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14

CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION
No. RV Sites: 0
No. Tent Sites: 2
No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 30
   
   Total Sites: 32

Tent Pads: Yes
Open Sites: No
Wooded Sites: Yes

No. Tables on Sites: 32
No. Grilles on Sites: 32
Equestrian Camping: No

RV INFORMATION
No. Full Hookups (includes waste): 0
No. Water and Electric Only: 8
No. Water Only: 0
No. Electric Only: 0

No. RV Pull Throughs: 0
Waste Station: Yes
Potable Water at Waste Station: Yes 
Largest Parking Apron Size: 13' X 48'

Comments:
The parking aprons are grass and pea gravel.  Erosion and topography could 
make leveling a challenge.

BATH AND SHOWER FACILITIES
Vaults: No
Flush Toilets: Yes
Hot Showers: Yes

OTHER FACILITIES
Playground: Yes
Public Phone: No
No. Water Spigots (non-site): 9
  No. Threaded: 6
Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes

WATER SPORTS
Lake: Yes
Swimming (provided): Yes
Sailing: No
Boat Ramp: Yes
Boat Carry Down Access: No
Power Boating: Yes
Boating (no power): Yes
Water Skiing: No
Rafting (whitewater): No
Kayaking (whitewater): No

Comments:
Chewalla Lake is 260 acres - no-wake.  The beach is sandy.

HIKING - No

FISHING   
Smallmouth bass, bream, crappie and catfish.

CAMPGROUND NAME: Puskus Lake VISIT DATE: 04/18/1997 UPDATE DATE: 2/17/2014 STATE: Mississippi REGION: Southern RANGER DISTRICT: Holly Springs NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Oxford <RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: In Oxford, MS, at intersection of State Rts. 7 and 30, take Rt. 30 east and go 8.8 miles to Puskus Lake Recreation Area sign (Forest Rt. 838). Turn left at sign onto Rt. 838 (gravel) and go 2.5 miles into campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 400 ft. The campground is in a mixed hardwood forest of oak, Sweet gum, and Shortleaf pine among other trees. This is a very nice campground for tent and car camping. It has one small spur on a ridge above the main part of the campground. The main part of the campground stretches along the shore of Puskus Lake with most sites adjacent to the water. The sites are terraced on the lake's steep bank so campers will have to either walk up or down to the level area built for their use. There is one site at the far end of the campground, tucked back into a little dell, that can accommodate a recreational vehicle. This site, unlike the others, has no view of the lake. Many sites have lantern poles. Next to the boat ramp is a wheelchair friendly tent site and vault. Fishing is said to be good to excellent at Puskus Lake. Puskus Lake is the site for the popular annual Fishing Rodeo the Saturday before Father's Day. Catfish are provided for the small anglers. Oxford, MS offers a wide assortment of attractions convenient to the campground. From exploring "Ole Miss" University to shopping on "The Square," Oxford is a good possible day trip. The nearby North Cypress Non-Motorized trail, off Rt. 30, is a 3-mile loop trail in the Upper Sardis Wildlife Management Area. Note: No alcohol is permitted in campground. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Comments: Open May 1 through November 1 RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $7 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 18 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 1 Total Sites: 19 Tent Pads: Yes Open Sites: No Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 19 No. Grilles on Sites: 19 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 13' X 47' Comments: The parking aprons are grass and gravel. BATH AND SHOWER FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No OTHER FACILITIES Playground: No Public Phone: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 4 No. Threaded: 0 Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes WATER SPORTS Lake: Yes Swimming (provided): No Sailing: No Boat Ramp: Yes Boat Carry Down Access: Yes Power Boating: Yes Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: No Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): No Comments: Puskus Lake is a 90-acre, no-wake lake and nice for canoeing. HIKING Puskus Lake trail (foot) - the trail has three sections (East, West and Lake) of undetermined lengths. FISHING Smallmouth bass, bream, crappie and catfish. Among the several fishing piers along the campground, one is wheelchair friendly.




Fred and Suzi Dow