Arkabutla Lake

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Arkabutla Lake


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Located in both Tate and DeSoto counties in north Mississippi, Arkabutla Lake's remote location is an ideal setting for a serene retreat. Located just 30 minutes from Memphis, TN and Tunica, MS, the lake is easily accessible. Whether it's hunting, fishing, boating, or just enjoying the outdoors, Arkabutla Lake provides a variety of opportunities for all outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy.

Map of Arkabutla Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 34.765871, -90.113297



  • Boating

    There are eight boat launching ramps around Arkabutla Lake.

  • Bicycling

    There are two main trails that also permit mountain biking.

  • Camping

    There are three Class A camping facilities that have drinking water, 50/30 amp electrical hookups, water hookups, shower houses, flushable toilets, picnic tables, grills, fire rings, lantern posts, and sanitation disposal stations. If you truly want to "rough it" there are plenty of primitive camping sites available too.

  • Fishing

    Every year thousands of visitors come to Arkabutla Lake to go fishing. The lake is home to several species of native fish to Mississippi waters, such as Largemouth Bass, Bream, Catfish, and Crappie. Over the years perhaps nothing has become more renowned at Arkabutla Lake than it's consistency for producing huge Crappie! Several national sporting and fishing magazines declare Arkabutla Lake as one of the finest Crappie fishing lakes in the Southeast. Caught in 1991, a Black Crappie weighing 4 lbs 4 oz was caught at Arkabutla and still remains the current Mississippi State record. Access to fishing Arkabutla couldn't be made any easier, with 8 boat launching ramps to choose from, ample bank fishing locations, and some of the best Catfishing you could imagine can be experienced at the Outlet Channel which also includes an ADA accessible fishing pier.

  • Hiking

    Arkabutla Lake has two great trails for hiking, mountain bike riding, or just enjoying the outdoors. The two nature/hiking trails are located near the Outlet Channel.

    Coldwater River Nature Trail System The North Outlet Channel Recreation Area provides access to the Coldwater River Nature Trail System. This network of trails encompasses two hiking trails (one trail is 3 miles in length and the other is 5 miles in length) and the Big Oak Nature Trail which is a self-guided interpretive trail. The area includes pristine bottomland hardwood and pine forests where an abundance of wildlife and native plant species can be found throughout. A self-guided interpretive booklet is available at the trailhead located on the north side of the Outlet Channel.

    Swinging Bridge Nature Trail The South Outlet Channel Recreation Area offers a unique trail experience. The Swinging Bridge Nature Trail is a self-guided trail that includes an old section of the Coldwater River prior to the construction of the dam. The Coldwater River was once flowing through this very trail area! Please enjoy a walk through this historic trail and learn about the history of the Arkabutla community or how the Corps of Engineers redirected the Coldwater River. Maybe you would like to learn how to identify native plants and wildlife, or just enjoy the tranquility of the trail's azalea garden. Information panels are placed throughout the trail to help guide you along your walk.

  • Hunting

    With Arkabutla Lake being located in one of the fastest growing regions in the state of Mississippi as well as being the closest Corps lake to the Memphis metropolitan area, it should be comforting for outdoor enthusiasts to know Arkabutla Lake has over 30,000 acres of land open for public hunting. More than 20 access areas are available to hunters making Arkabutla Lake accessible from almost anywhere. Just a reminder... when hunting on Arkabutla Lake lands, all federal and state hunting regulations apply. In addition to federal and state hunting laws, the Corps of Engineers at Arkabutla Lake has also established specific rules and regulations that apply to certain areas surrounding the lake.

  • Picnicking

    Arkabutla Lake has 10 day-use recreation areas around the lake. Picnicking is free of charge. Picnic sites include a table and grill.

    Dub Patton Day-Use Area 112 picnic sites South Abutment Day-Use Area 66 picnic sites Hernando Point Day-Use Area 85 picnic sites Bayou Point 106 picnic sites Outlet Channel 84 picnic sites Kelley's Crossing 24 picnic sites Pleasant Hill 10 picnic sites Coldwater Point 2 picnic sites Highway 51 Landing 3 picnic sites Plantation Point 2 picnic sites Some of these areas have picnic shelters that can be reserved for your special event. Dub Patton Day-Use Area 2 reservable picnic shelters South Abutment Day-Use Area 1 reservable picnic shelter Hernando Point Day-Use Area 1 reservable picnic shelter Bayou Point 2 reservable picnic shelters Outlet Channel 1 reservable picnic shelter

  • Water Sports

    Three of Arkabutla Lake's day-use recreation areas have swimming beaches. * Swim at own risk, there is no life guard on duty at any of the swimming beaches.

    * Depth markers indicate the depth of the water throughout the designated swimming areas.

    * Rescue devices (Reach Poles and Throw Bags) have been placed at the swimming beaches and should only be used in case of an emergency.


Arkabutla Lake lies in a Southern Continental climate, with very warm to hot and humid summers (70s-high 90s degrees F) and cooler, damper winters (40s-60s degrees F). Layering is advised.



From Memphis, TN, 12 mi S on I-55 to Hernando, MS, then 13 mi W on Scenic Loop 304.


The closest major airport to Arkabutla Lake would be Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, approximately 155 miles away. From there, myriad car rental services are available, ranging from Alamo to National and beyond. For more information, call (205) 595-0533.

Phone Numbers


(662) 562-6261