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Description - The Delta National Forest is located in west-central Mississippi, north of Vicksburg. It is one of the few hardwood forests remaining in the Mississippi Delta.

Attractions - The Delta National Forest lies within the floodplain of the Mississippi River. It covers one of the few hardwood forests remaining in the Mississippi Delta and the only bottomland hardwood National Forest in the country. Except for a few drought years, at least a portion of the Delta has always been subjected to annual floods of various depths and durations. Today, flooding in the Delta National Forest results from backwaters of the Yazoo-Mississippi River Systems and headwaters from the Little and Big Sunflower Rivers.

Blue Lake Recreation Area and the Little Sunflower River Boat Landing are the two primary recreation areas on the Forest. Twenty ATV trails lead through various portions of the Forest.

Recreation - Camping, fishing, picnicking and hiking opportunities are available at Blue Lake. Little Sunflower River Boat Landing offers a boat launch and fishing, and several primitive campsites. ATV'ing, biking, hiking, wildlife viewing, and hunting are all possible on the 20 ATV trails scattered throughout the Forest.

Climate - Weather in this region varies with the time of year. Summers are typically very hot and humid, with afternoon and evening thunderstorms always a possibility. Summer daytime temperatures frequently reach into the upper 90's, with nighttime lows in the mid to upper 70's. Winters are often wet with some cold temperatures. Snow is uncommon. Winter days are warm enough for comfortable outdoor activities.

Location - The Delta National Forest is located in west-central Mississippi, north of Vicksburg and southeast of Rolling Fork, where the Ranger Station is found. Mississippi Highway 16 cuts across the north end of the Forest and U.S. Highway 61 runs just to the west of the Forest. within the floodplain of the Mississippi River.


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Contact Information:
National Forests of Mississippi, 100 West Capitol Street, Suite 1141 , Jackson, MS, 39269, Phone: 601-965-4391

Delta National Forest, Sharkey-Ag. Building, 402 Hwy 61 North , Rolling Fork, MS, 39159, Phone: 601-873-6256

Additional Information:
Delta Region - The Delta Region covers the northwest and west-central portions of Mississippi, bordering the Mississippi River on its western edge. It includes cities such as Greenville, Tunica and Clarksdale.
Jackson Area - Outdoor life in the County is always a beautiful and educational experience. As one of Mississippi's 27 state parks, Jackson County's own Shepard State Park provides its visitors with picnic areas, bike and nature trails, and areas for tent camping. The Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge and the Pascagoula Wildlife Management Area are popular wildlife refuges that are open to hikers, bird watchers. Campers will also enjoy the beautiful Gulf Islands National Seashore Park in Ocean Springs.
Mississippi National Forests and Parks - Mississippi offers six National Forests, a National Seashore, two National Battlefields, an Historic Park, and a National Scenic Trail.

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Bienville National Forest - Official agency website.
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