P.O.W. Lake Campground In Mississippi
- Date Visited: February 23-29, 2020
- Address: 10000 Bethel Road - Saucier, MS 39574 or try Forest Road No 420 E - Saucier, MS 39574
- GPS: 30.63753, -89.00473
- Phone: (601) 528-6160
- Price: Free
- Reservations: No
- Stay Limit: 7 Days
- Pets: Yes
- Restrooms: No
- Water: No
- Trash: No
- Hookups: No
- Cell Service: Hardly had any Verizon service & had 4G with our AT&T booster.
P.O.W. Lake Campground is located in the De Soto National Forest in Mississippi.
This is an abandoned World War II work station for German and Italian prisoners who were housed at Camp Shelby. It was also used briefly as a Navy rifle range and old ammunition bunkers are still present on site. Unfortunately graffiti now covers the historical bunkers.
A 7 acre lake sits on the property where fisherman can reel in bass, bream, white perch, and catfish. You could kayak or canoe, but there was a lot of debris to maneuver around and we didn’t want to risk our inflatable kayaks.
There was an old sign posted to a tree that said there was an alligator in the lake, but we didn’t see any. It’s a beautiful clean camp and we were by ourselves most of the time. Busy spot on the weekends though with locals hiking, fishing and camping.
This is true boondocking with no amenities. There is no water, trash, restrooms or even picnic tables! People have built some fire rings in the area though. Place campfires in rings only and please don’t leave them unattended.
All pets must be maintained on a six foot fixed leash on trail. We didn’t really have any Verizon service, but had AT&T 4G with our booster.
There are no designated campsites you kind of just pull into what ever spot suits your fancy. Any size rig will fit here and smaller units can have some primo spots by the lake. There is a 7 day stay limit and you can get potable water and dump trash at Airey Lake just down the road.
The town of Wiggins, Mississippi is a mere 20 minutes away. They have a Walmart, laundromat, fast food and anything else you might need to pick up.
This is where I caught the geocahing bug.
I picked up my first two caches in this area. One was found on a hike on the Tuxachanie trail which runs straight through camp. It was a great trail and part of it runs alongside the water. We discovered this little beach area which Dexter loved. This is also where we discovered our little hound dog loves playing in the water.
A flock of Great Egrets hung out for the day by the lake and were fun to watch. The last few days we were there a pair of American Bald Eagles decided to make it their home. We didn’t get one good pic of the majestic eagles, but had an amazing time viewing them flying around the lake and drinking and hunting from the shore.
I really just can’t say enough about how much we enjoyed our time here. I hated leaving and moving on to the next camping spot. Even if you don’t stay here I highly recommend that you stop for a visit if your in the area. You will love it.
OH WAIT…I do have one gripe about this place. If you have ever spent any time on extended backpacking trips you know that inevitably you are gonna have to use the bathroom and if there’s no restroom it’s off to the woods you go. Since there is no restrooms at this camp guess where people go when they well, got to go?
Avoid any side trip in the woods that isn’t a verified trail. The amount of toilet paper you will stumble upon and what you might step in will not be pleasant.
If you need to learn how to properly do your #2 in the woods learn here.
Always follow the Leave No Trace Seven Principles and try to leave your camp nicer than you found it. Please research campgrounds before visiting. Rules and regulations may have changed since we stayed there.