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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  • Every year several friends get together and spent the Labor Day weekend with each other to round out another year of South Mississippi fun on the water. It goes without saying that we are always satis...  more »
  • I live in Memphis, TN & my family lives in Mobile, AL. I wanted to find somewhere close for my family to commute back and forth. We grew up camping in Wiggins, MS, so we wanted something different. Pa...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • The state park is very quite nestled back in the DeSoto National Forest with a beautiful lake with gazebo's all around so you can have picnic's with you family's. They offer hunting and fishing licenses at a small cabin right after you come in the park. They offer swimming at other ponds, cabins, and trails plus so much more. Will worth the visit
  • Attended the birthday party of a long time dear friend, the facilities at the main office were used and were quite adequate in all respects. Additionally a nice scenic drive around the lake are available if one has the time and inclination. Had a great time.
  • Great park. Access to a lot of things. Camping, fishing, cabins and a large lake are on the property. Security is good, lots of room, tables, restrooms and lots to see. $4 entrace fee to get in.
  • We are local and camp at Paul B Johnson State Park often. It is a very nice campground. However, in the past we haven't seen many Park Ranges patrolling the campground. We are here this weekend and I am pleased to report that we have seen park rangers very often. To have a safe park for families with small children, it needs to be supervised. Thank you very much for taking care of our park. Judy and Rod Bosarge
  • This place is beautiful! We stayed at an RV site in a tent. They have a small beach, which was really nice! The kids loved it. There is also a pier to fish off of with a small island at the end. The bathrooms we okay. The park was pretty full and surprising quiet at night. I would highly recommend this park. The only reason I give it 4 stars is because they charge $6 for kids and $8 for adults to get into the splash park. I think that is a ridiculous price for a Splash park. I don't understand why they must charge for adults!? I definitely didn't pay that price. We just stayed at the beach most of the time.

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