Housing many opportunities for recreational activities, Lake Lincoln State Park is a forested and beautiful Mississippi gem that is a fantastic RV getaway destination. Known for being a land full of magnolia, dogwood, hardwood, pine, and loblolly trees, this park is the ideal destination to bring your campervan for a few days to indulge in a leisurely affair with nature.
One of the main attractions to Lake Lincoln State Park is its namesake—the 550-acre Lake Lincoln. The lake is a perfect place to unwind during the summertime. If you are feeling energetic, you can try jet skiing, swimming, water skiing, fishing, beachcombing, and boating. Lake Lincoln is bustling with recreation seekers bringing their campers, no matter the time of year. Lake Lincoln State Park is known for its year-round opportunities.
Off the lake, there are plenty of other highlights. A volleyball court and a golf course invite campers with love for sports. Wooded picnic tables sit on grasslands for a little tea party or luncheon with friends and family. Two large, open-air picnic pavilions are great for casual business parties and large family groups. A hiking trail, rich in natural beauty, is every bit as inviting with its fresh wildflowers, chirping birds, and towering trees for a bit of a hike.
Why not tuck in your whole family inside your RV or trailer and head over to this serene state park for a vacation next to Lake Lincoln, its sandy beach, and miles of lush, green grasslands. There is one campground within the park that is suitable for RV travelers. Here you will find 71 RV campsites, a laundry facility, a playground, and bathhouses. Peak season at Lake Lincoln State Park runs from mid-May until mid-August every year.
Lake Lincoln State Park sits on a convenient location near MS-27, US-51, and I-55. Generally, the roads within the park are in good condition year-round, but during times of heavy precipitation, you may have some trouble if the roads are saturated. Upon arriving at the park, get a sticker for your vehicle before heading inside. The park roads will easily take you around from the lake to the church, from the campground to the day-use area, and from the hiking trail to the golf course. Roads are a bit narrow with tight turns, so driving on a crowded day may become a little challenging. If you need to pick up any supplies before your trip, you should consider stopping into some towns before you turn off for the park. Places that you can visit include Wesson (around 5.5 miles away), Brookhaven (about 11 miles away), and Monticello (around 24 miles away). The closest major city to the park is Jackson, which is located 50 miles to the north. Parking lots are available near the picnic pavilion, golf course, and playground. Ample parking means that you will have plenty of places to park your rig if you are visiting for the day.
If you want to call Lake Lincoln State Park home for a few nights, you will be delighted to know that there is a developed campground for RV and tent camping. Featuring 71 campsites with complimentary concrete pads, concrete picnic tables, and charcoal grills, the campground is renowned for being kept in excellent condition. It is usually a quiet place to stay. The 71 sites are located in two different loops. The east loop is situated on the banks of the lake and contains 22 sites that feature full hookups for you to enjoy. The north loop includes the remaining 49 sites, all of which have electric hookups and a couple that also come with full hookups. The campground is big-rig friendly thanks to the sites being large enough for RVs up to 82 feet in length. Other amenities within the campground include laundry facilities, bathhouses with showers, a playground, and a dump station. Reservations are available throughout the year and can be made through the park’s online reservations system. If you want to stay longer, monthly camping may also be allowed.
For visitors looking for more creature comforts, there is one cabin and three cottages that are also available for reservation. Two of the cottages have four or five rooms. All of the cottages come equipped with air conditioning, heating, and hot water, but if you want to stay in the cabin, be prepared for no hot water. One of the cottages and the cabin are also ADA accessible, so nobody will have to miss out on staying here.
Outside of the developed campground, you also have the choice of staying at a primitive site. There are 14 sites scattered throughout the park that can accommodate up to eight people, and they are mostly used by adventurers wanting to go tent or backpack camping. Pets are also allowed at these sites, but you won't be able to stay in your RV if you choose a primitive campsite. During the offseason, all of the primitive sites are available on a walk-up basis only.
One of the most popular recreational activities at Lake Lincoln State Park during the humid summer months is to take the plunge into the lake to cool off. There is a large sandy beach waiting for you to relax at that is also the perfect place to go swimming. The beach does not have any lifeguards on duty, so you will have to swim to your abilities. If you are just visiting for the day, there is a parking lot near the beach area that you are welcome to use.
Another highlight of Lincoln Lake State Park is the fantastic picnic area. The picnic area is made up of 45 picnic tables, and two open-air pavilions and is conveniently located near the fishing piers, beach area, boat ramp, restrooms, and a parking lot. Known for being a well-maintained place to relax, the picnic area is nestled among the shades of hardwood trees and in an ideal location to grill some delicious food and enjoy your time in the great outdoors.
Along with the option to go swimming and fishing, visitors to Lake Lincoln can also bring their watercraft to the lake and have some fun on top of the water. There is a boat ramp at the lake for your convenience, but many visitors who boat don't actually need a boat ramp since they are using canoes or kayaks and can launch their watercraft from the beach or the side of the lake. There are no boat restrictions on the lake, so if you are a fan of waterskiing or tubing, you can cruise across the glassy water during your visit.
For those who love to fish, don't forget your fishing gear as there is no bad time to try and catch a big one at Lake Lincoln State Park. Much to the delight of anglers, the 550-acre Lake Lincoln operates as a fishing spot throughout the year. You will have the choice of many different spots to fish at, including three fishing piers. Common fish species include bass, bream, white perch, and channel catfish, so there is plenty of variety for you to try your luck at hooking.
Hiking lovers, rejoice! Lake Lincoln State Park boasts an irresistible scenic beauty and can be explored during your visit thanks to the picturesque nature trail. The trail meanders through various visually appealing locations loaded with loblolly, southern magnolias, dogwood, and short-leaf pine trees. Various songbirds can also be spotted or heard, and you may even see some other animals that call the park home if you keep your eyes on the lookout. If you don't have time to explore the full nature trail, we recommend exploring the southern loop of it.
Lake Lincoln State Park’s Magnolia Disc Golf Course is the perfect place to enjoy some family-friendly recreation away from the lake. Originally built in 2003, the course features 18 holes that wind through this serene location. The most challenging hole is the final one, as you will be throwing your disc down a slope with a prominent water hazard. We recommend that you bring your own discs to Lake Lincoln State Park as there may not be any available for rent during the offseason.