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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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  • While I was attending U.S.M. for Grad School. I went down to this place for some down time. It was a very pleasant place. Especially during the week day. As some of my fellow students would come here ...  more »
  • Have stayed at Paul B. Johnson State Park in a 40' motorhome many, many times. We especially like the new campground - and try to get a site there as often as we can..... but have also stayed in the o...  more »
  • Excellent place to visit with family and enjoy the great outdoors! My family rents the banquet room for our annual reunion. The room accommodates about 50 people. Air conditioned and has a great view ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Great place to kick back and relax with family and friends. The staff is very friendly and helpful.
  • Pros: Nice, well kept / clean park. The playgrounds were nice, everyone was very friendly, the lake was a beautiful setting. It was a decent drive from New Orleans for a quick 3-day weekend getaway. Disc golf course was a hit with our friends. Cons: The women's bathhouse needed work as the showers were constantly running which made everything damp and steamy (mirrors, floors, counters). We camped on sites 30, 32, and 34 which were marked as "full shade" on the booking website. That was completely false and made for difficult naps for my two young kids. We were also butted up against the main road which I did not realize when booking. The wind direction did cause us to hear the interstate. Other than the actual campsite location we had, it was a good, family oriented park. Next time, I'll be sure to grab a different site or go to primitive which was well shaded. We will visit again primarily because it's a nice park for a quick getaway to the outdoors which is what we were looking for.
  • Wow! The 225 acre lake was absolutely stunning. We had campsite number 71 and has the perfect view. Tons of watercraft in the water. They had 5 ducks roaming around always looking for food- you can feed them out of your hand! Nearest town is only a few miles away.