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CAMPGROUND NAME: Choctaw Lake

VISIT DATE: 04/21/1997

UPDATE DATE: 1/27/2017

STATE: Mississippi

REGION: Southern

RANGER DISTRICT: Tombigbee

NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Ackerman

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

DIRECTIONS:
In Ackerman, MS, at the intersection of State Rts. 9, 12 and 15, 
take Rt 15 south 3.3 miles to campground sign.  Turn left at sign 
onto Choctaw Lake Rd (Forest Rt. 967) and go 1.2 miles into campground.

GENERAL COMMENTS:
The elevation is 500 ft.

This outstanding, picturesque campground is located on the west bank of 
the 100-acre Choctaw Lake.  Two loops, named A and B, wind over rolling 
hills and under towering Loblolly pines, Sweet gum, beech and some oak.  
A grass understory has a manicured appearance.  It is separation between 
sites rather than vegetation that provides good privacy.  Sites in Loop A 
overlook Cabin Lake with some next to one of the several jetties used 
for bank fishing.  Loop B's campsites are a short walk from the water 
and have a view of Choctaw Lake.  The campground also features a little 
gazebo, a pleasant day use area with a small swim beach, and an extensive 
network of trails for hikers and mountain bike enthusiasts.

At the entrance to the campground, just off Choctaw Lake Rd, and off to the 
left in the woods, you'll see a structure about 600 feet away.  With your 
camera, walk to it and you'll discover the district ranger residence built 
by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the 1930s.  It is well preserved 
by the Forest Service and a wonderful example of period architecture, known 
as "National Park Rustic."  It was placed on the National List of Historic Places 
in 2001.  Although not the case at the time of the authors' visit, please comply 
with any trespassing signs.  Click on "Pictures" at top of page for a slide show
that includes the residence.

SEASONS
Open Seasonal: Yes
Open All Year: No

Comment:
Open March 10 through November 26

RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED
Rate: $20 per day
  Senior Discount - $13 per day
  
Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14

CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION
No. RV Sites: 0
No. Tent Sites: 0
No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 20
   
   Total Sites: 20

Tent Pads: Yes
Open Sites: Yes
Wooded Sites: Yes

No. Tables on Sites: 20
No. Grilles on Sites: 20
Equestrian Camping: No

RV INFORMATION
No. Full Hookups (includes waste): 0
No. Water and Electric Only: 20
No. Water Only: 0
No. Electric Only: 0

No. RV Pull Throughs: 1
Waste Station: Yes
Potable Water at Waste Station: Yes 
Average Parking Apron Size: 13.5' X 45'

Comments:
The parking aprons are gravel.

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

Comments:
Wheelchair friendly showers

OTHER FACILITIES
Playground: Yes
Public Phone: Yes
No. Water Spigots (non-site): 0
  No. Threaded: 0
Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes

WATER SPORTS
Lake: Yes
Swimming (provided): Yes
Sailing: Yes
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:
Choctaw Lake is 100 acres and no wake.  The beach is small and sandy.

HIKING
Choctaw Trails System (multiple loops} - 7 miles.

FISHING   
Largemouth bass, bream and crappie.  Good bank fishing.  Wheelchair 
friendly fishing pier.

CAMPGROUND NAME: Davis Lake VISIT DATE: 04/22/1997 UPDATE DATE: 1/27/2017 STATE: Mississippi REGION: Southern RANGER DISTRICT: Tombigbee NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Tupelo RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation DIRECTIONS: In Tupelo, MS, at intersection of State Rt. 6 and Natchez Trace Parkway, take Natchez Trace Parkway south 16.7 miles to the Davis Lake Recreation Area sign. Bear right at sign and go to stop sign. Turn right at sign and go 3.7 miles to campground on left. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 400 ft. This picturesque campground, situated in a stand of mixed hardwoods and pine, stretches along the east shore of Davis Lake ending in a loop. Every campsite has a view of the water and most of the campsites in the loop are on the water's edge so informal boat mooring may be possible. The grass understory and lack of middle-story plus sites being close together make privacy between sites poor in the loop. Campsites not in the loop have fair to good privacy. All the campsites have a pedestal grill, small preparation table, lantern poles, picnic table and fire-ring. Numerous jetties and piers are provided for bank fishing enthusiasts. Possible day trips are Owl Creek Mounds, an archaeological site containing Indian Mounds dating to the early Mississippian period (A.D. 1000 to 1200); the town of Tupelo, MS; and Natchez Trace Parkway. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: Yes Comment: Services provided March 8 through October 30 RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $20 per day Senior Discount - $13 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 & 28 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 27 Total Sites: 27 Tent Pads: Yes Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 27 No. Grilles on Sites: 27 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION No. Full Hookups (includes waste): 0 No. Water and Electric Only: 27 No. Water Only: 0 No. Electric Only: 0 No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: Yes Potable Water at Waste Station: Yes Average Parking Apron Size: 15' X 50' Comments: The parking aprons are paved. BATH AND SHOWER FACILITIES Vaults: No Flush Toilets: Yes Hot Showers: Yes OTHER FACILITIES Playground: Yes Public Phone: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 0 Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes WATER SPORTS Lake: Yes Swimming (provided): Yes Sailing: No Boat Ramp: Yes Boat Carry Down Access: Yes Power Boating: Yes Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: Yes Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): No Comments: Davis Lake is 200 acres. Water skiing is permitted on the weekends and federal holidays - after noon on each day only. HIKING Fishing Trail - 0.25 miles FISHING Largemouth bass, bream, catfish and crappie




Fred and Suzi Dow