Paul B. Johnson State Park, Hattiesburg

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Paul B. Johnson State Park is a state park on the shores of Geiger Lake in the U.S. state of Mississippi. It is located off U.S. Highway 49 approximately south of Hattiesburg. It is named after Paul B. Johnson, a former U.S. Representative from Mississippi and former governor of Mississippi.DescriptionThe park is situated on rolling hills that contain flowering dogwoods, southern yellow pines, and oaks. Geiger Lake, once known as Lake Shelby, was constructed during the mid-1940s using German prisoner of war labor by POWs housed at Camp Shelby.Activities and amenitiesThe 225-acre lake offers fishing, water skiing, and swimming. The lake is stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, shellcracker, crappie, and channel catfish. The park features 25 primitive tent-camping areas, 125 RV camping pads with water, sewer and electrical hookups, and 16 vacation cabins. The park also offers 50 picnic sites with grills, six picnic pavilions, playground equipment, and a splash pad.
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  • October 2, 2017
    The only thing I didn't like about the place is that the lake is shared by swimmers and boats. No way to have a peaceful swim with motors roaring nearby. Other than that, the place is well-maintained,...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    This park is well maintained with clean bathrooms and RV lots. Our grill was rusted and had fallen over. When I reported it they came within an hour and replaced it with a new one. Wish we had longer ...  more »
  • September 18, 2017
    We visited Paul B. Johnson State Park in mid-September and had a great time. The park is nice, staff worked to get us what we needed and our neighbors were friendly. The cabin, however, was definitely...  more »
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  • June 16, 2017
    Very nice campground. Most spots are paved, although they may not be very level front to back. The only real downside I found was that you have to pay to use the splashpad. I didn't see this anywhere when I booked online, so that was an unpleasant surprise. It's $6 for kids and $8 for adults. So even if you want to just go in and watch your children play, you have to pay for yourself.
  • May 19, 2017
    The worst place ever!!! If I could give zero stars i would...My husband and some friend went to this place expecting to had one great weekend but no! Not at all!! One of the rooms that the cabin had was infested with bedbugs!!! At 2:00am when were about to sleep my friend noticed her bed was full of this bugs!!! Matress, pillows everything was infested even the carpet!!! So we decided to leave and look for the nearest hotel (20min away from the park)....next day we went back to pick up all the food we brought and to reclaim at least the refund of the reservation, but also we wanted some refund for the night at the hotel and 2 bags that were infested of bugs... the manager just offered to give us another cabin or refund the reservation but not the hotel or the bags... I mean it wasn't our fault that nobody checked the cabin before somebody rented and nobody cleans obviously!!! Such a bad customer service, so disgusting, such a bad experience...if you are thinking about going here, please check your beds as soon as you can!
  • July 4, 2017
    I have been going here all my life. I love camping here before Katrina destroyed our camper. I love the lake and love to fish !
  • July 3, 2017
    Overall not a bad park. The bathrooms get clean everyday, but the lack of grass in the tent camping areas is a shame.
  • June 30, 2017
    Beautifull. But park restrooms arent so great... The only stall in the restroom had no lock in it...

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