- Jackson City is the State Capital of Mississippi with a population over 50,000.
As a coastal county, there is no end to water fun. Water sports such as sailing
are popular activities.
Jackson County is also home to a gigantic water and
theme park for family enjoyment. The park includes a carousel, water slides,
bumper boats, go-carts and one of the largest swimming pools in the
If fishing is your pleasure, you've found the perfect place. The
County provides over 20 boat launching ramps throughout the area for easy
access to the water. Take your boat or charter a trip to some of the greatest
saltwater fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. If you prefer freshwater fishing, there
is an abundance of rivers and bayous to explore. Maybe you'll discover your
own "secret" fishing hole!
"Islanders" and "beach bums" will also enjoy
many hours of fun and relaxation. The barrier islands in the Gulf are just
minutes away by boat and provide for interesting weekend camping and
explorations as well as clear gulf waters in which to swim and fish. For those
who simply wish to laze around on the white sand, Jackson County provides
and scenic beach areas.
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 or anyone who wants to soak up the peace and beauty
of nature. Campers will also enjoy the beautiful Gulf Islands National
Seashore Park in Ocean Springs, one of the most scenic areas on the
Another major part of outdoor life is hunting and South
Mississippi is home to a variety of Wingatne, numerous plugs and land leases,
both public and private, are available for hunters to utilize during the
different hunting seasons.
Recreation - There is a wide variety of activities to participate in, in the Jackson area.
Within easy driving distance is the Ross Barnett Reservoir, the Mississippi
Petrified Forest, the Casey Jones Museum State Park, Roosevelt State Park,
Lincoln State Park, Golden Memorial State Park, Lefleur Bluff State Park, Grand
Gulf Military Monument, Holmes County State Park, Vicksburg National
Military Park and Rocky Springs National Park.
In addition, there are
several National Forests available. Approximately 10-15 miles east of the
Jackson area is the Bienville National Forest. Within the forest there are the
Bienville Wildlife Management Area, the Caney Creek Wildlife Management
Area and the Tallaha Wildlife Management Area. Heading northeast of the
Jackson area, approximately 24 miles is the Delta National Forest. Within this
forest are the Twin Oaks Wildlife Management Area, Lake George Wildlife
Management Area and the Sunflower Wildlife Management Area. Further east
are the Anderson-Tully Wildlife Management Area, and the Shipland Wildlife
Management Area. Southwest of Jackson is the Copiah County Wildlife
Management Area. Northeast of Jackson is the Pearl River Wildlife
Within Jackson, Lake Dockery is an excellent lake for
fishing as well as Simpson County Lake in the southeast. Further south and
southeast are Lake Mary Crawford, Lake Jeff Davis and Lake Mike
North of Jackson is the Hillside National Wildlife Refuge and
northeast of Jackson is the Panther Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Further
northeast of Jackson is the Yazoo National Wildlife Refuge.
Jackson are two of Pat Harrison's Waterways, Big Creek and Dry Creek.
Climate - Mississippi generally has a temperate climate, with cool winters and warm,
humid summers. Freezing temperatures are possible in the winter.
Thunderstorms and are possible throughout the year but most common in the
spring and summer. Tropical storms occasionally strike the coast during the
Jackson City is located in the western central region of Mississippi approximately
30 miles from the eastern border of Louisiana.