Marathon Lake


Marathon Lake is a 50-acre lake located in Smith County. It got its' name from Marathon Lumber Company which closed in 1929. You will enjoy the beauty and seclusion of this quiet campground located approximately 15 miles southeast of Forest, MS and 25 miles northeast of Raleigh, MS. Marathon Recreation area is equipped with 34 camping sites (with water and electric hook-ups), boat ramp, swimming area, 2 bath houses (warm showers), picnic shelters, picnic tables and a hiking trail. The lake has been stocked with catfish, bass and crappie and is open to bream fishing. A dump station is available. The area has a volunteer Campground Host on site most of the time.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Reservations: The picnic pavilions can be reserved for a $40.00 per day fee.
Fees Day Use: $5.00
Camping: $20.00
Open Season: March 1 - December 15
Best Season: March - October
Restrictions: No alcoholic beverages are allowed.
Camping limit of 14 days.
Water: Yes
Restroom: Flush

General Information


From Forest, go south on Hwy 35 for 8.5 miles to Homewood. Turn east on Morton-Marathon Road and go 9 miles. Turn south on Forest Service Road 520 and go ½ mile to entrance.

Another route would be to go south on Hwy 501. Turn east on Morton-Marathon Rd. and go 3 ½ miles. Turn onto FS Rd 520 and go ½ mile to entrance.

From Raleigh, go north on Hwy 35 for 15 miles to Homewood and follow same directions above from Homewood.

An alternate route is to take Hwy 18 east to Hwy 501; go north 15 miles: turn east onto Morton-Marathon to FS Rd 520.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Campground regulations are posted at entrance gate. Volunteer campground host on site most of the time. Campground Bath House/Warm Showers.  Campsites have water and electric hook-ups.

No. of Sites 34
No. of Accessible sites 34


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Areas & Activities


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