Turkey Fork

Area Status: Open

The Turkey Fork Recreation Area is nestled in the tall pines around an inviting 240-acre lake.  Turkey Fork Lake provides excellent fishing, swimming and boating opportunities.  The lake is stocked with catfish, bass, and bluegill.  Recreational opportunities at Turkey Fork include fishing, water sports, camping, picnicking, and hiking.  Special features can be found at each activity area.  With all of these opportunities, a visit to Turkey Fork Recreation Area will provide its visitors with an enjoyable outdoor experience and memories to take home.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: fishing, day use ; bathhouse now open
Operational Hours: 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. for boat launch
Area Amenities: Picnic tables,Toilets
Fees: Entrance Fees:
$5.00 per vehicle, per day.
Over 6 people, add $1.00 per person.
Covers day-use, picnic area, and boat launch.  
Use Fee Tubes.

Campground Fees:
$20.00 per campsite, per night - at the full service camping area.
$7.00 per campsite, per night - at the tent camping area.
Covers use of all other areas.
Use Fee Tubes.
Water: Water fountains
Restroom: Flush toilet at tent camping area

General Information


Turkey Fork Recreation Area is located approximately 40 miles from Hattiesburg, MS, 44 miles from Laurel, MS, and 75 miles from Mobile, Alabama.

From Hattiesburg, MS, travel east on U.S. Hwy. 42 approximately 21 miles to Richton.  From Richton, continue east on Hwy. 42 approximately 12 miles to Sandhill. Follow the signs from Sandhill.

From Laurel, MS, travel south on Hwy. 15 approximately 27 miles to Richton. Turn left onto U.S. Hwy 42 and follow the above directions from Richton to Turkey Fork.

From Mobile, Alabama, drive approximately 55 miles on U.S. Hwy. 45 North to the MS-AL state lines and travel west on Hwy. 42 for 19 miles to Turkey Fork Road. Turn left (south) and travel two miles to Turkey Fork Recreation Area.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Access to the day-use bathhouse, showers and flush toilets.

No. of Sites 8
Reservation Info $5.00 per campsite, per night
Fire Information Fire rings and lantern posts
No. of Accessible sites All accessible tables

RV Camping

Double Campsites are #1, #6, #12, #19.  Bathhouse available.  Maximum stay - 14 days.  Open year-round.

No. of Sites 20
Pavement Type for Parking Paved Accessibility
Reservation Info $20.00 per campsite, per night
Hookup - Water Yes
Dump Stations Yes
Fire Information Fire grills and rings
Hookups - Electric Yes - 30 amp \& 20 amp

Lake and Pond Fishing

Day Hiking

A short hiking trail, less than one mile, connects the day-use area to the campground area.  The trail provides the hiker with a winding pathway that includes varying terrain and slopes, as well as a variety of forest and lakeside views.

Group Picnicking

Secluded picnic areas are equipped with tables and grills. The area is shaded and includes a grassy beach, a bathhouse, water fountains, and an accessible fishing pier. Open March 1 – December 1.

No. of Sites 10
Reservation Info $40.00 per day.
Entrance fees still apply.
Reservation Fee payable in Laurel office only.
Group Shelter Yes

Boating - Motorized

Open year-round, 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Large parking area. Full service bathhouse.  Two courtesy docks.  Jet skis are not allowed.

Launch Ramps Concrete boat launch



Picnic tables:
Toilets: Vault (primitive) toilet

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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