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Big Creek Water Park- Big Creek Water Park is located between Laurel and Collins, Mississippi. The park offers a 150 acre lake, developed camping spurs and great year-round fishing.
Buccaneer State Park- Located near Waveland, Buccaneer State Park features a seasonal wave pool, water slide, wading pool, fishing and plenty of camping. Plus Food.
Dry Creek Water Park- Dry Creek Water Park is located at Mount Olive, Mississippi, just off Highway 49. Fishing enthusiasts come from all areas to reel in the great Florida bass, catfish and crappie that are abundant in the park's 150-acre lake.
Flint Creek Water Park- Located in Wiggins, MS, the park is comprised of 1,900 total acres and features a 600-acre lake with 13 miles of shoreline chock full of bass, bream, crappie and catfish offering excellent fishing 24-hours a day.
Gulf Islands National Seashore- Gulf Islands National Seashore covers an area of blue waters, white beaches, and coastal marshes.
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Little Black Creek Water Park- Little Black Creek is located between Purvis and Lumberton. The park offers a 650-acre lake, campsites, cabins, camp houses and a convenience store.
Maynor Creek Water Park- Maynor Creek Water Park is located west of Waynesboro, Mississippi. The park includes a 450 acre lake and the challenging waters of Maynor Creek.
Paul B. Johnson State Park- Situated on spring fed Geiger amid towering pines, Paul B. Johnson State Park offers a wide variety of activities. Located near Hattiesburg, Paul B. Johnson State Park provides fishing, water sports and camping.
Shepard State Park- Located near Gautier, Shepard State Park comprises 396 acres that feature unique trees and wild flowers. This park also features areas to bike, hike, camp and picnic.

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Gulf Islands National Seashore
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Gulf Islands National Seashore
Description - Beaches, marshes, bayous and thick timber provide a variety of environments for recreationists. The historic districts of Hattiesburg and Laurel showcase exquisite Victorian and turn-of-the-century mansions originally built by lumber barons. Between New Orleans and Mobile, a chain of casinos, beach resorts, artists' colonies and fishing villages is linked by 26 miles of scenic coastline along the Gulf of Mexico.

Attractions - The eastern end of Gulf Islands National Seashore lies within this region. This National Seashore consists of eleven separate units stretching along 150 miles from West Ship Island in Mississippi to the eastern tip of Santa Rosa Island in Florida. There are sparkling blue waters, magnificent snowy-white beaches, fertile coastal marshes, and dense maritime forests. Other popular areas for outdoor recreation within the Coast Region include the DeSoto National Forest, Buccaneer State Park, Paul B. Johnson State Park, Shepard State Park, and Maynor Creek Water Park.

A portion of Black Creek, famous as a scenic canoe float and for its fishing spots, recently gained protection under the National Wild and Scenic Streams law. A series of barrier Islands define the shallow Mississippi Sound. Farther out lies the Gulf of Mexico. Other rivers, lakes and ponds are tucked away in the Mississippi wilderness.

Recreation - The Coastal Region provides access to water-oriented sports such as, sea kayaking, swimming, fishing sailing and boating. Mississippi's Gulf Coast region offers a unique combination of outstanding fresh and saltwater fishing. Anglers will find a variety of beautiful rivers and streams that feed into the coastal marshes and estuaries. The region also offers many of the traditional activities such as hiking, backpacking, camping, water skiing, biking and horseback riding.

Climate - Mississippi lies mainly in the subtropics. The climate is mild with the coldest months experiencing low temperatures near 40 degrees F. Summer temperatures frequently reach 100 degrees F, with coastal breezes providing cooling relief. Humidity is highest in August and September reaching an average close to 90%. The highest rainfall comes during the spring months, but December and January are wet, too. Expect temperatures in the northeastern hills region to be somewhat cooler than the rest of the state.

Location - This region includes the southeast corner of Mississippi, from the Laurel area, south through Hattiesburg to the Gulf Coast.


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Mississippi Development Authority Division of Tourism Development, P.O. Box 849 , Jackson, MS, 39205, Phone: 866-SEE-MISS, Fax: 601-359-5757

Additional Information:
Mississippi Travel Regions - Mississippi is divided into five travel regions, the Hills, Delta, Pines, Capital/River and Coastal regions.

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