Featuring amazing fishing, hunting and RV camping facilities, George P Cossar State Park is a must visit destination if you are traveling to Mississippi. Located in Yalobusha County near Oakland, George P Cossar State Park is on the banks of the 28,000 acre Enid Lake which makes it an awesome spot for RV travelers who love the water. The park takes its name from George Payne Cossar, Sr. who was a prominent Mississippi attorney during the 20th century. A little fact about the park is that there was a state park at this location before it was named George P Cossar State Par. In March 1979, Gov. Cliff Finch signed a bill that renamed Yocona Ridge State Park in Oakland to George P. Cossar State Park.
The park mostly attracts RV campers who love the great outdoors. It is a sportsman paradise with Enid Lake being a great spot for boating, waterskiing and especially fishing. The world record for the largest ever Crappie was broken with a fish caught in the lake during 1954. Hunting is popular too, with many many acres open during the hunting season for you to use. There is also an 18-hole minigolf course and an 18-hole disc golf course if you prefer to spend your days on the fairway and greens.
The camping facilities at George P Cossar State Park are also top notch and the park offers full hook-up sites, which is rare to find in Mississippi. In total there are 76 campsites that all offer full hookups. George P Cossar State Park is open all year round and peak season runs May until August.
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Transportation in George P Cossar State Park
George P Cossar State Park is located on the banks of Enid Lake around seven miles north of the town Oakland off Mississippi Highway 32. The park can only be accessed from south due to Eind lake being above the park. There is one road that will take you directly to the park entrance (Co Rd-170) once you exist off Mississippi Highway 32. Apart from the town of Oakland there are a few more that are within a close vicinity to the park, including Pope, Courtland and Water Valley. The closest major city to the park is Oxford where The University of Mississippi can be found is around 36 miles away.
Driving to the park should be no problem for most of the journey, however when you get off Mississippi Highway 32 and head on Co Rd-170 you will notice the road gets narrower. This shouldn't prove too hard to navigate, but be aware of it so you can expect traffic coming the other way. The campground roads are also known for being a little on the skinny side but if you take care you will be able to navigate them without damaging your RV.
There is plenty of Parking at George P Cossar State Park.
Unfortunately there are no public transport options that will take you to George P Cossar State Park.
Campgrounds and parking in George P Cossar State Park
Campsites in George P Cossar State Park
Jones Creek Campground
George P Cosser State Park has two campgrounds that are available for RV lovers to enjoy. Jones Creek Campground is largest of the two and is located inland to the south-east from the banks of Enid Lake. The campground is very well equipped with 40 campsites that you can choose from that all have full hookup facilities. Along with these full hookup sites there is a shower block, toilet block and dump station available for you convenience.
The sites in the campground are known to be fairly level and while the roads within the campground are quite tight they are manageable to navigate. Expect to see an abundance of deer during dawn and dusk as the migrate through the park. You should be able to get cell reception on all networks and your stay should be very peaceful as it is usually a very quiet campground. Reservations are available during the peak season but call the park office to confirm to that you can stay at Jones Creek Campground during the winter.
Yocona Ridge Campground
Yocona Ridge Campground is the smaller of the two available for RV camping within George P Cossar State Park. The site is located right near on the banks of the Enid Lake and you will have some stunning lake views if you choose to stay at Yocona Ridge. You will find 35 sites and they all have facilities for full hookups. Along with the full hookup sites there is also a bathroom block, toilet block, playground and dump station.
The sites in Yocona Ridge are known to be fairly level and while the roads within the campground are quite tight they are manageable to navigate. Expect to see an abundance of deer during dawn and dusk as the migrate through the park. You should be able to get cell reception on all networks and your stay should be very peaceful as it is usually a very quiet campground. Reservations are available during the peak season but call the park office to confirm to that you can stay at Jones Creek Campground during the winter.
Seasonal activities in George P Cossar State Park
If you love to fish you should be chomping at the bit to visit George P Cossar State Park as it offers some of the best fishing in the state all year round. The world record crappie was caught in Enid Lake and you will get to fish those waters as the park is located right on the banks of the lake. If you want to go on the lake you can do so by using the boat ramp located near the campground.
One of the perks of having such a large lake at your disposal is that it means there is plenty of room for waterskiing. The lake is a very popular destination for it and during the summer time you will see people skiing about all over the lake enjoying their time out in the sun. It is advised to wear a lifejacket when waterskiing and to bring your own equipment as there is no guarantee that there will be some available for rent.
What better way to enjoy the summer sunshine and have a fun-filled morning or afternoon then to play some mini-golf? Mini-golf is a fun game for people of all ages to enjoy and we recommend playing it during your stay. The mini-golf course at the park is 18-holes and is available for park visitors for a fee. It is located near the visitors center and you can also pick up some clubs and balls from the center if you need to rent them.
Another great family fun activity that is a little different to mini-golf is disc golf! Located near the visitor center, the Eagle Crest Course is a 18 hole disc golf course that you can enjoy during your stay at the park. The course is completely free of charge to use if you are staying at the park. If you need discs to use they are available for you to either rent or buy from the park office.
Looking to do some hunting during your stay at George P Cossar State Park? The park is open to public hunting during the specified season and you can use bows, shotguns, rifles and handguns. Popular game species that are found within the park include deer, turkey and waterfowl. Deer hunting is by permit only and deer hunting with dogs is prohibited. For more information on hunting rules and regulations make sure you check the park website and talk to the staff at the park office.
For the hiking fans visiting George P Cossar State Park you will be impressed with the nature trail that is available all year round for you to explore. The trail is around two and a half miles in length and will give you a closer look at the beautiful flora and fauna that is found in the park. The trail begins near the boat ramp that overlooks Enid Lake and will take you through a gorgeous hardwood and mixed pine forest.