Paul B Johnson State Park
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Introduction

Located in southern Mississippi on the edge of the De Soto National Forest, Paul B. Johnson State Park is a scenic lakeside retreat that is perfect for any RV vacation.

Immerse yourself in some of the most beautiful forests in Mississippi as you relax by the cool waters of Geiger Lake. Take a boat out onto the pristine waters. Or try your hand at fishing to see if you can reel in one of the many varieties of fish that populate the lake.

You’ll find plenty to do once you get out of the water at Paul B. Johnson State Park. Walk along the nature trail to get a glimpse of the wildlife native to the region. Enjoy a picnic at one of the many pavilions throughout the park. Or take a bike ride around the lake and soak in the waterfront views.

Enjoy modern camping with all of the amenities you need to stay comfortable. Or choose one of the primitive campsites for a more rustic experience during your stay at the park.

Whether you’re staying for a day or planning a week long trip, there’s plenty to keep your whole family busy throughout your RV stay at Paul B. Johnson State Park.

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Transportation in Paul B Johnson State Park

Driving

Located near Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Paul B. Johnson State Park is within driving distance of multiple major cities in the southern United States.

Take US 49 out of Jackson and you’ll reach the park within two hours. The park is also within driving distance of Mobile, Alabama. Take US 98 and you’ll arrive in less than two hours. If you are coming from New Orleans, take I-10 to I-59 and you’ll get to the park in under two hours.

Paved roads lead to the campgrounds, so you’ll have no issues getting your RV to your campsite or to any of the other attractions throughout the park. There are no RV restrictions, allowing you to drive around as you please.

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Campgrounds and parking in Paul B Johnson State Park

Campsites in Paul B Johnson State Park

Reservations camping

Paul B. Johnson Campground

There are campgrounds throughout the park, with over 90 separate campsites with a range of amenities. There are two main campgrounds, and then a separate campground for primitive camping.

There are bathhouses near two of the main campgrounds. You’ll also find a playground and a picnic pavilion in the largest campground. And all of the campsites are well within walking distance of the lake.

The maximum size for RVs and trailers is 75 feet. The size of every site is available online, so check before booking so that you get the right campsite for your vehicle.

All of the campsites have electrical and water hookups, except for the primitive camping sites, and pets are allowed at all sites.

The campground is open year round. If you are planning a trip, book at least 48 hours in advance. If you are visiting during peak season, consider booking as early as possible, as the park fills up quickly. Reservations can be made up to two years in advance.

First-come first-served

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Seasonal activities in Paul B Johnson State Park

In-Season

Swimming

If you would rather stay closer to shore, or are worn out by a long hike, park your rig and head to the beach. There are multiple picnic areas located near the swimming areas, so you’ll be able to have lunch as you relax near the water.

The swimming is best from April through early October, but come any time of the year to enjoy the lake. Peak season is during the summer, so arrive early to make sure you get a spot on the beach.

Fishing

You can do more out on the waters than water sports. No matter how experienced you are, you’ll find great fishing on Geiger Lake any time of year.

You’ll find largemouth bass, bluegill, shell cracker crappie, catfish, and copper nose bream. Fishing can be done any time of the year, although it is best running from April through September, when the fish tend to be a bit more active.

There is a boat launch that requires a small fee for each use. And you’ll need a Mississippi state fishing license if you plan to fish on Geiger Lake. These are available at the park office.

Boating

Paul B. Johnson State Park features a wide range of aquatic activities and is perfect for boating of any kind.

Head out onto Geiger Lake and enjoy the water any time of the year. Whether you want to kayak or canoe you’ll have plenty to keep you busy on the lake. Motorized boats are allowed on the lake, so you’ll also be able to water ski.

There is a boat launch and dock, so getting out onto the water is easy. There is a fee charged for boating. You can pay by day, or buy an annual pass.

Off-Season

Disc Golfing

If you enjoy disc golf, you’ll be right at home at Paul B. Johnson State Park. The park is home to Desert Fox Disc Golf Course, the first public 27-hole disc golf course in the state.

The course, right on the edge of Geiger Lake, offers scenic waterfront views as you play. No matter your level of experience, you’ll be able to enjoy the course.

The course is included with your stay, and can also be played if you are a day visitor.

Cycling

If you want a faster way to get around the park, consider bringing a bike and taking a ride along the shore. You’ll find gorgeous lakefront views all throughout the park, and the well-paved roads make biking easy.

Ride through the forests of loblolly and long-leaf pines and take in the sights, scents, and sounds of the South. Biking is great any time of the year at Paul B. Johnson State Park. Just remember to bring your own bike in your rig, as rentals are not available.

Hiking

With some of the most beautiful forests you’ll find in the state, Paul B. Johnson is an excellent destination for those looking to experience the wildlife of southern Mississippi. Take a walk on the nature trail to learn about Mississippi's plant, bird, and other animal life. There’s a tower on the trails that can be climbed so that you get a bird’s eye view of the park.

The nature trail is at its best in the spring and fall, although you’ll find plenty to enjoy during off-season months as well.

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