US Army Corps of Engineers
Vicksburg District

Grenada Lake Recreation

Grenada Lake offers a wide and diverse variety of outdoor recreational opportunities to meet the needs of almost every visitor.  Among these opportunities are hunting, fishing, swimming, boating, skiing, sailing, camping, hiking, bird watching, picnicking, playgrounds, and a sports complex.  ADA parking spaces are available at all boat ramps, restrooms, and recreation areas.  The “Dogwoods” 18 hole par three professional golf course is recognized as one of Mississippi’s finest golf courses.  The Dam Area Central Recreation Area features three baseball/softball fields, four tennis courts, two picnic shelters, ADA accessible playground, physical fitness trail, and a basketball court.  The 36,000 acre Grenada Lake offers some of the best fishing opportunities in the southeastern United States, and most any kind of water activity imaginable.  Grenada Lake provides thousands of acres available for public hunting offering excellent deer, turkey, duck, and squirrel hunting.  Come visit us at Grenada Lake, and see what the great outdoors has to offer!

Camping

From roughing it - to all the conveniences of home, we’ve got it!

You’ve picked the right place for camping regardless of whether you like to “rough it” at one of Grenada Lake’s 5 Class C primitive campgrounds or enjoy the conveniences of water and electric hook-ups at our two Class A campgrounds. 

Grenada Lake Length of Stay Policy

Class A Campgrounds

North Abutment Campground – This modern 88-site campground is located on the north end of Grenada Dam and provides long, level pads with parking aprons, along with water hook-ups and 50 amp electrical service for today’s modern campers.  This beautiful campground, with many sites overlooking Grenada Lake, is conveniently located within a few miles of downtown Grenada.  At the same time, this allows campers to get away from the demands of everyday life, to enjoy the numerous recreational opportunities available at Grenada Lake, or to just sit, relax, and watch the flames dance at their campfire.

North Graysport Campground - Located between the rivers on the rural east end of Grenada Lake this 50-site campground offers water and electrical hook-ups and is a favorite with our hunters and fishermen.   

Class C - Primitive Campgrounds

Grenada Lake provides 5 Class C-Primitive Campgrounds located at various areas around the lake with each area providing unique recreational opportunities. 

Old Fort – 21 Sites
Choctaw – 5 Sites
Skuna-Turkey – 6 Sites
Gums Crossing – 14 Sites
Bryant – 6 Sites

 

Fees: 

Class A Campgrounds
North Abutment Campground $20.00/night
North Graysport Campground $14.00/night

Class C Campgrounds
Old Fort Campground $6.00/night

Bryant (water & electric) - $12.00

Bryant - (water) - $6.00 

Golden Age/Golden Access or America the Beautiful Card Holders pay 1/2 of posted fee.
Class D Campgrounds at Choctaw, Skuna-Turkey, Gums Crossing and Bryant – No fee



Boating

 

Boat Launching Ramps
Bottom of Ramp Elevation (feet)
Bryant
207.0
Choctaw
191.0
Grenada Landing
191.0
Hugh White State Park
193.0
Gums Crossing
206.0
North Abutment

207.0

North Graysport
207.0
Piney Woods
204.0
Skuna-Turkey
205.0
South Outlet 
156.0
South Outlet Old River Run
159.0
South Graysport
191.0
Torrance Landing
191.0
Upper Yalobusha
211.5
Wolf Creek
191.0
Young’s Landing
191.0

Boat Launching

With 16 boat launching ramps located around Grenada Lake, you are just minutes away from having fun no matter where you live!



 

 

 

There is a $5 fee for boat launching.  Golden Age/Golden Access or America the Beautiful cardholders pay 1/2 of posted fee.  An annual pass may be purchased at the Grenada Lake Visitor Center for a fee of $40. Passes are good for one calendar year from the date of purchase. Follow the link below for more information about the Corps of Engineers Day Use Fee Program.

The launching fee is not charged at the following boat ramps:  Choctaw, Skuna-Turkey, Torrance, Upper Yalobusha, Wolf Creek or South Outlet Old River Run.

 

Day Use Fee/Annual Pass Programs 

                  

 

 

Trails

Grenada Lake has four unique trails located near the dam that is sure to meet almost all hikers’ interest.

Physical Fitness Trail – A one mile physical fitness trail is located at the Dam Area Central Day-use Area.  This trail is located on semi-flat terrain and has 18 exercise stations with each station offering three stages of difficulty. This trail is sure to meet the demands of the novice to the advanced physical fitness enthusiast. 

Lost Bluff Trail – The Lost Bluff Trail is a two mile trail that leads through all kinds of rough terrain from easy to extremely strenuous.  This trail is for the physically fit with steep winding trails and steps.  Hikers on the Lost Bluff Trail can step back into history by visiting an earthen fort built during the Civil War.  The trail also has an overlook which provides a spectacular view of the emergency spillway.

Haserway Wetland Management Area Nature Trail – The 1.5 mile Haserway Wetland Management Nature Trail is located along the Toe Road which runs behind Grenada Dam.  This trail is popular with school groups and nature lovers alike.  The trail offers excellent opportunities to view waterfowl, beaver, birds, deer, turkey, and other wildlife native to the area.

Old River Run Nature Trail – The Old River Run Nature Trail is located on the south side of the of the outlet channel near the playground area.  This scenic trail also offers excellent opportunities to view wildlife and follows both the old and the new Yalobusha River Runs.



Fishing

Hosting as many as 16 fishing tournaments each year including Bass Pro’s Crappie Masters Tournament, Magnolia Crappie Club Tournament, and the Grenada Lake Crappie Classic Tournament, Grenada Lake is recognized as one of our nation’s premier crappie fishing lakes.  That’s not to say that there isn’t excellent catfish, bass, and bream fishing at Grenada Lake.  Sixteen boat ramps are strategically located around the lake to allow easy access to your favorite fishing spot.  The Outlet Channel is a favorite location for those anglers that prefer bank fishing.  The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks establishes and enforces fishing creel and size limits on Grenada Lake.  Please refer to the Mississippi Game Digest for more information.  (Fishermen are reminded to not litter or throw their mono-filament line in Grenada Lake.)

Fish Habitat Day is an annual event that allows the fishermen the opportunity to give back to Grenada Lake.  Each year sportsmen gather at varying locations around the lake to construct fish shelters in an effort to maintain the excellent fishing opportunities available at Grenada Lake.

Launching Fees:

Most boat ramps on Grenada Lake require the use of an annual pass or the payment of a $5.00/day use fee.

Golden Age/Golden Access or America the Beautiful Card Holders pay 1/2 of posted fee.

Hunting

From the hills and hollows to the fields and wetlands, Grenada Lake offers some of the best hunting opportunities in the nation. The Grenada Lake Project encompasses 90,427 acres; with much of this area open for public hunting, offering excellent opportunities for deer, turkey, squirrel, rabbit, and duck hunting. 

Each year our Wildlife Biologist and Natural Resource Rangers develop and plant food plots to attract and enhance wildlife.  All developed areas, including campgrounds and day-use areas are closed to hunting.  With the exception of special hunts (permit hunts), the five management areas noted on the location map and highlighted in yellow are closed to hunting. 

Grenada Lake is also closed to hunting on the west end of the lake from Perry Creek to Knights Creek.

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks establishes and enforces hunting seasons, bag limits, and regulations on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers properties.  Please refer to the Mississippi Outdoor Digest or contact the North Region Office for specific questions at (662) 840-5172.  Hunters are reminded not to drive nails into trees or permanently affix a stand or blind to any trees.

Grenada Hunting Area Map

Grenada Hunting Terrain Map

Day Use Areas

Grenada Lake’s day-use areas offer a variety of escapes from the hectic day to day grind. 

You can enjoy a relaxing day of picnicking in a variety of settings or take the kids to the playground, basketball court, ball fields, or tennis courts at Dam Area Central. Haven't caught your attention yet! Maybe you would rather take in the quiet solitude of communing with nature while hiking one our trails. Whether you have worked up a sweat over the grill or from an energetic game of softball, there is nothing like taking a cool dip at one of Grenada Lake’s six beaches! Come join us for a fun and relaxing day at Grenada Lake.

Picnic Areas

Day-Use Area
# of Picnic Sites
Cape Retreat
3
Choctaw Landing
5
Dam Area Central
1
Grenada Landing
50
South Abutment
55
Skuna-Turkey
4
Torrance
2
Willow Run
15
 North Abutment 1
 Upper Yalobusha 1

Regardless of whether you want to grill the burgers and hot dogs while you watch the kids swim at the Main Beach or picnic in the shade of the giant hardwoods at South Outlet you’re sure to find the perfect location at one of Grenada Lake’s 135 picnic sites located in 8 areas surrounding Grenada Lake.

Day-Use Area
Reservable Shelters*
Dam Area Central
2
Grenada Landing Overlook
1
North Abutment
1
South Outlet Channel
3
North Outlet Channel
1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Several areas on Grenada Lake provide picnic shelters which can be reserved for large family or group gatherings.

 

*The cost of reserving a picnic shelter is $50 per day except for picnic shelter # 563, located at Dam Area Central, which rents for $100 per day. 

Playgrounds

If you are looking for a place to get the kids out of the house, Grenada Lake has four playgrounds located in three day-use areas that are sure to burn up some of that extra energy.

Dam Area Central Day-Use Area has two playgrounds (One playground is ADA accessible.)
Old Fort Day-Use Area has one playground
South Outlet Day-Use Area has one playground

Beaches

There is no better place to cool off on a hot summer day than at one of Grenada Lake’s five swimming beaches located in the following recreation day-use areas:

Cape Retreat Day-Use Area                                
Grenada Landing Main Beach Day-Use Area
Oak Grove Day-Use Area
Old Fort Day-Use Area
Willow Run Day-Use Area

(Swimming is allowed inside the buoy lines at the five designated swimming beaches. The cost is $2 for walk-in, $5 per vehicle or $20 per bus. There is no fee charged for children under the age of 16.  Golden Age/Golden Access or America the Beautiful Card Holders pay 1/2 of posted fee.  An annual pass may be purchased at theVisitor Center for a fee of $40 good for one calendar year from the date of purchase.)


Dam Area Central Sports Complex

For the more active, the Dam Area Central Day-use area offers three baseball/softball fields, four lighted tennis courts, playgrounds, basketball court, and physical fitness trail.