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“nice for family camping”

Paul B. Johnson State Park
Ranked #2 of 21 things to do in Hattiesburg
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

enjoyed a wonderful family spring break until tornados put an abrupt end to our little vacation.. because I had paid in advance I got no money back (an act of God) is what I was told... only complaint.. at least a future raincheck would have been nice.

5  Thank GourmetGamma
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

Have enjoyed this facility for many years. It is an area gem. It remains somewhat primitive in facilities, but that is why it remains a quiet retreat to enjoy during the week. Fishing is about good to average.

4  Thank Jaded-Bird
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

Very relaxing nice place to go fish, ski, camp you name it very nice place..Looking forward to my next visit here.

5  Thank Elizabeth W
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

Paul B. has a great RV campground. It also has primitive camping with bath house access. The lake is small, but people do ski, tube, and jet ski, as well as fish. We like watching the geese and ducks. Best of all we love RV camping and kayaking! It is great for a weekend get away or weeks of camping. We go as often as possible.

4  Thank mgdraughn
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Reviewed June 29, 2012

What a difference 15 months has made in the condition of this park! Maybe it's budget the cuts, but it was very disappointing after my prior visit.
I'll begin by saying it is still one of the better parks in the area, and the office staff and rangers were all very friendly and helpful. It is also a wonderful day trip location for boating, fishing, picnics or groups to gather with shady picnic tables, boat launches and group pavilions.

However, I had driven 1989 miles to be with family and was in an RV in the 2nd loop. Many sites had warped and broken picnic tables; eroded areas off the side of the pads with 3-6 inch drops into dirt (mud when wet) to access a grill or table; sewer connections that were cracked/broken-off or lacked covers; potentially unsafe pathways that had broken, loose or missing planks to access fishing piers or play areas, and the restrooms didn't appear to be cleaned or have trash emptied daily. I walked the other loops and saw similar deterioration. *note- it appeared one shower building in loop 1 was being renovated.And ants were a problem covering picnic tables & benches and working their way inside the RV daily when no sugar or food were uncovered. A borax & sugar mix used outdoors helped, but it was bad!

I was also shocked at how many empty spaces there were during my 12 day stay, from June 21 - July 3, especially when the online system only showed a few spaces as available. But it is full for July 3-5. Someone here said they do a gr8 fireworks show over the lake, so plan far ahead to reserve a site if you want to stay in the park over July 4 next year. Visitors may also view the fireworks by the car-load for $5 per vehicle.

There is a small beach and swimming area (no additional charge) next to the office. Bring plenty of sunscreen and an umbrella or shade canopy if you pan to stay much of the day. The new "splash pad" was a nice addition, except that they charged $5 per child and $7 per adult (just to watch your kids!). Parents complained at the play areas that it was a bit pricy each day for large families or a short hour or two visit just to cool-off from triple digit temperatures. They paid an attendant to sit there all day, while it was often empty. Maybe including it for campers and letting the day users pay more would increase usage.

6  Thank Bchgrl9
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