Neshoba Lake has 22 newly developed camp sites providing water, sewer and electrical services.
Neshoba Lake has 22 newly developed camp sites providing water, sewer and electrical services.
New campsites have recently opened up at Neshoba Lake and campers are taking full advantage of the amenities, including those with larger recreational vehicles which the lake was unable to accommodate in the past.

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks opened the new and improved campground at Neshoba County Lake earlier this month.

The campground now has 22 newly developed camp sites providing water, sewer and 100 amp electrical services.

The sites were built to accommodate camping for recreational vehicles on one of MDWFP's most popular state fishing lakes.

"I'm excited not only for MDWFP but also for the people of Philadelphia and surrounding areas that take so much pride in Neshoba Lake," said Rep. Scott Bounds, chairmen of the House Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Committee.  

"We have a facility that is one of the finest recreation areas in the state. The new campground enhances the attraction Mississippi outdoor enthusiasts have to Neshoba Lake, one of the premier fishing destinations in the state lake system. I appreciate MDWFP working with Sen. Giles Ward, chairman of the Senate Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Committee, and I in completing these needed improvements. We are excited about this project and its added contribution to the lake." 

The lake has already received a number of visitors utilizing the new campgrounds.

Vince Herrington was at the lake this past weekend with his stepson Jud Young.

"It's 100 percent better," he said. "The pads are a lot bigger and they're all concrete with power, water and sewer at all of them. It's just a lot nicer than it was."

Herrington and his stepson normally go to the lake to camp two to three times during the summer months.

With the new campgrounds, he is planning even more trips this year.

Young also liked the new look.

"I love it," he said. "It's pretty cool."

Lake manager Chuck Hazelwood said the new campgrounds were great for RV visitors who like to fish.

"We did a complete overhaul and now it is 110 percent better," Hazelwood said. "We have everything we need to accommodate 50 campers."

Previously, lake officials have had to turn down some of the newer more spacious RVs because of the facilities.

"Now we can [accommodate them]," he said.

Hazelwood said fishing was great right now, noting that many fish had been caught this year already.

"A 10.3 pound bass is the biggest so far, but we expect much bigger to come," Hazelwood said.

"The weather is at odds. It needs to get to 65 degrees to get the fish moving," he said.

The lake is a 138-acre lake located six miles southeast of Philadelphia off Highway 486. For more information regarding fishing in Mississippi, visit or call at (601) 432-2212.