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CAMPGROUND NAME: Marathon

VISIT DATE: 01/29/1997

UPDATE DATE:  1/27/2017

STATE: Mississippi

REGION: Southern

RANGER DISTRICT: Bienville

NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Forest

RESERVATIONS: No

DIRECTIONS:
In Forest, MS, at the intersection of I-20 and State 
Rt. 35, take Rt. 35 south 6.7 miles to Marathon 
Recreation Area sign.  Turn left at sign onto State 
Rt. 892 East and go 5.8 miles to a stop sign.  Continue 
straight for 3 miles to a campground sign.  Turn right 
at sign onto County Rt. 520 and go 0.3 miles to campground
on left.  

NOTE:  State Rt. 892 becomes Forest Rt. 506 at the Forest
boundary and, between the stop sign and campground, it has 
a number of significant dips and "loop-de-loops" - go slow.

GENERAL COMMENTS:
The elevation is 500 ft.

The campground has two loops, A and B, and is located 
in a pine wood ecosystem on the former site of the Marathon 
Lumber Co. Loop A stretches through the trees and, although 
these sites have no view of the Marathon Lake, the water is 
within easy walking distance.  Loop B stretches along the 
shoreline and the campsites have a good view of the Lake.  
Oak and Loblolly pine provide ample shade and Fall color but 
privacy between sites is only fair.  Marathon Lake is shaped 
like a "J" with the campground along the longer part of the 
"J".  The day use area with its swim beach and fishing pond 
are located on the hook portion.  The boat ramp is in between.  
A modern bathhouse with wheelchair-friendly showers is located 
in the day use area.  The latter has a park-like appearance 
with several covered pavilions, scattered tables and lots of 
trimmed grass.  

Note:  No alcoholic beverages are permitted in the campground. 
Limited groceries are available in Homewood, MS but no 
gasoline.

SEASONS
Open Seasonal: Yes
Open All Year: No

Seasonal Comment:
Open March 6 through December 15

RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED
Rate: $20 per day
$13 per day with Senior/Access Pass
Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14

CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION
No. RV Sites: 0
No. Tent Sites: 0
No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 34
   
   Total Sites: 34

Tent Pads: Yes
Open Sites: No
Wooded Sites: Yes

No. Tables on Sites: 34
No. Grilles on Sites: 34
Equestrian Camping: No

RV INFORMATION
No. Full Hookups (includes waste): 0
No. Water and Electric Only: 34
No. Water Only: 0
No. Electric Only: 0

No. RV Pull Throughs: 0
Waste Station: Yes
Potable Water at Waste Station: Yes 
Average Parking Apron Size: 13' X 51

Comments:
The parking aprons are paved with those in Loop B being 
somewhat longer.

FACILITIES
Vaults: No
Flush Toilets: Yes
Hot Showers: Yes
Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: No

Public Phone: No
Playground: No
No. Water Spigots (non-site): 0

Comments:
Water may be shut off at times during winter because of 
freezing temperatures.

WATER SPORTS
Lake: Yes
Swimming (provided): Yes
Sailing: No
Boat Ramp: Yes
Boat Carry Down Access: Yes
Power Boating: Yes
Boating (no power): Yes
Water Skiing: No
Rafting (whitewater): No
Kayaking (whitewater): No

Comments:
Marathon Lake is 50 acres.  Power boats are limited to 
10hp.

HIKING
Marathon Lake Loop Hiking Trail (foot) - 1.5 miles

FISHING   
Bass, Bream and Crappie

CAMPGROUND NAME: Shockaloe Base Camp I VISIT DATE: 01/29/1997 UPDATE DATE: 1/27/2017 STATE: Mississippi REGION: Southern RANGER DISTRICT: Bienville NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Forest RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From Forest, MS, at the intersection of State Rt. 35 and US Rt. 80, take Rt. 80 west for 5.2 miles to a National Forest Trail sign (Forest Rt. 513). Turn right onto Rt. 513 (gravel) and go 0.2 miles to campground on right. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 500 ft. This horse-friendly campground is a single loop in a stand of Loblolly and mixed hardwoods that provide ample shade and good privacy. It is a trailhead for the 23-mile Shockaloe Horse Trail. A variety of low growing shrubs provide a nice understory but limits areas cleared to picket horses. No hitching rails or other equestrian facilities are provided except for single hitching poles at each site. A lantern pole is also provided. The campground is located in the Bienville Wildlife Management area. The Shockaloe Horse Trail is listed in the National Register of Trails. Shockaloe Base Camp II is on the trail (no water). SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open March 1 through December 15 RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $7 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 10 Total Sites: 10 Tent Pads: Yes Open Sites: No Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 10 No. Grilles on Sites: 5 Equestrian Camping: Yes RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 16' X 40' Comments: The parking aprons are dirt and grass. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 2 No. Threaded: 2 WATER SPORTS - No HIKING Shockaloe Horse Trail (foot and horse) - 23 miles FISHING - No




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