Paul B. Johnson State Park, Hattiesburg

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Paul B. Johnson State Park is a public recreation area on the shores of Geiger Lake, located off U.S. Highway 49 approximately south of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The state park is named after Paul B. Johnson, the forty-sixth governor of Mississippi.
The 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.
The 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. Use our Hattiesburg trip itinerary planning app to visit Paul B. Johnson State Park on your trip to Hattiesburg, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • We started our travels in Houston and had decided Hattiesburg was a good stopping point the first day. We were very happy to find this state park when we searched online for a camping area. It is... 
    We started our travels in Houston and had decided Hattiesburg was a good stopping point the first day. We were very happy to find this state park when we searched online for a camping area. It is...  more »
  • I tent camped at the park for a week while working in nearby Hattiesburg and had a great time. I made my reservation on line and found a nice dry site for tenting that was large enough for some... 
    I tent camped at the park for a week while working in nearby Hattiesburg and had a great time. I made my reservation on line and found a nice dry site for tenting that was large enough for some...  more »
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  • Was nice except the bathrooms were nasty.
  • The park was clean with plenty of full hookup RV sites.

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