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Bear Creek Lake is located within the St Francis National Forest, close to the town of Marianna, AR, only a few miles southwest of Memphis. The lake covers an area of over 600-acres and is popular with locals and visitors alike for fishing, wildlife watching, boating, and camping.

Located just a few miles from the Mississippi River, Bear Creek Lake makes a great location to explore the many lakes and forests in the area when you book an RV in Lee County.

Music lovers will be spoiled for choice here, with Graceland, the home of Elvis, just a short distance from the lake and a long musical heritage in the area, including greats such as BB King.

Traveling around the area in your rental RV is easy, thanks to a great road network, wide-open spaces, and flat terrain.

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Getting Outdoors

With over 30-miles of shoreline and easy access via a public boat ramp, fishing has always been popular at Bear Creek Lake. Anglers will find bluegill and redear sunfish in abundance, plus plenty of bass and catfish to look out for. Fishing from boats is allowed, but motors must not exceed 9.9 bhp. This also means that Bear Creek Lake is free from jet skis, powerboats, and water skiing, making it a quiet and tranquil place to spend a day fishing.

A one-mile nature loop in the Bear Creek Lake Recreation Area takes you on an easy hike through some of the surrounding woods. Along the way are lovely views of the lake and information boards explaining the ecology of the lake and park area.

Near the entrance to the north end of St Francis National Forest is the short Trotting Fox Trail, a half-mile loop around a small lake. It’s great for bird-watching and is almost completely flat, so give easy access for everyone.

Around the shoreline are several picnic areas, perfect for a day by the lake while RV camping near Bear Creek Lake.

Camping at Bear Creek Lake

There are three campgrounds around Bear Creek Lake, all at the southern end, and they provide a range of facilities. Two of the campgrounds are classed as primitive, with vault toilets, no showers, and none of the sites have any electric or water connection. The third is Beech Point Campground, and here you’ll find all the sites are full hookup and can cater for RVs up to 70 feet long. A few of the sites are pull-thru, which is useful if you are new to motorhome camping.

For those looking for a few more home comforts, Jellystone Park Memphis is just the place. Unashamedly geared up for the family, there is a huge swimming pool, water slides, playgrounds, and outdoor sports pitches. The park arranges daily events and entertainment to keep the kids happy while the adults relax. All the campsites are full hookup, making RV camping near Bear Creek Lake easy and comfortable.

Exploring the Area

Only a short distance south when camping near Bear Creek Lake is the town of Clarksdale, MS, which is home to the Delta Blues Museum. The area around the town is considered by many to be the birthplace of the blues, and the museum was built to remember the rich musical heritage here. Housed in a freight depot building of the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad, the museum has numerous exhibits and memorabilia from the story of the blues and holds regular events. Should you love the blues, this should be a place not to miss while motorhome camping in the area.

In the town of Forrest City, a little way west of Bear Creek Lake is the St Francis County Museum, dedicated to the rich history of the region. Containing artifacts from the different peoples that have inhabited the lands over the past few thousand years, plus fossils, photographs, and documents, it is a fascinating look at the history of the area.

Back in Memphis, railroad enthusiasts won’t want to miss the Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum. Featuring a range of exhibits depicting the development of the public transport system in the city, there is plenty to see and interact with. Bringing the museum to life are several model railroad exhibits, plus some original railroad and trolley carriages.

Of course, we can’t forget to mention the rock and roll star that is Elvis and his mansion Graceland located in Memphis. Even those that are not fans of his music should enjoy a visit to his home. Bring the whole family and enjoy what it was like to be Elvis!

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