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.
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  • Have visited, swam, fished, camped, and pick nicked at Paul B. since childhood. It is one of Mississippi's premier State Parks. Lake was dug during WW II by German Prisoners held at nearby Camp Shelby...  more »
  • This is really nice clean park. The people are friendly. The Easter egg hunt was fun for everyone and well organized. We will be back.  more »
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  • Absolutely amazing park! Will definitely be going back. Had a spot right on the lake. Staff was really nice and park was clean. Spots are large and paved. Overall a great place.
  • Nice STATE PARK I've been to. I truly love it go everyday . And it's safe for family and pet friendly bathroom are so well kept😊🙌🏼

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