Okhissa Lake

Area Status: Open
A sailboat on a calm lake with trees lining the banks.

Welcome to the Homochitto National Forest and beautiful Okhissa Lake, a 1075-acre recreational lake for fishing, boating, picknicking and a seasonal swimming area. Okhissa Lake currently offers many amenities and additional improvements are planned for the future. Please recreate safely and enjoy your visit. If you have a great day on the lake, remember to tell your friends and neighbors and help boost the economy in Franklin and surrounding counties. Features three gravel parking areas and 39 miles of shoreline.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Facilities include a boat ramp, parking, gazebo with an expansive view of the lake and two restrooms. 
Operational Hours: Day use only area. Hours: Sunrise to sunset
Fees: Cars and trucks: $5 per vehicle
School buses, bicycles, walk-ins: $1 per person
Senior Pass: $2.50 per vehicle
Access Pass: $2.50 per vehicle
Annual Pass: free
MS Adventure Pass: free
Restrictions: The following activities are not permitted at Okhissa Lake at this time:
  • Camping
  • Hunting
  • Discharging firearms, air rifles or gas guns
  • Fishing with trotlines, yo-yos, nets, throw lines, jugs or hand-grabbing
  • Swimming from the shoreline
  • Horseback riding and use of pack animals
  • Operating unlicensed trail bikes, all-terran vehicles and other low-PSI vehicles in the recreation area
  • Abandoning your vehicle or parking in a way that violates posted instructions
Closest Towns: Trails nearby: Clear Springs Recreation Area
Restroom: Yes

General Information


Okhissa Lake Recreation Area is located 3 miles south of Bude, MS off Highway 98.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Lake and Pond Fishing

Viewing Scenery


Boating - Motorized


The swimming area is on the north end of lake which has picnic tables, bathrooms and an outdoor shower.  There is no lifeguard on duty so swim at your own risk. 

Hours of Operation: April - October

Related Information

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1,075 Acre

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