Outdoor Recreation

Lakes and State Parks

Panola County is fortunate to be bound by two of the largest recreational outlets in the state, Sardis Lake and Enid Lake. Although situated on two different sections of the county, both were created as a plan for flood control and are now maintained by the Corps of Engineers to provide recreational outlets for public use.

Enid Lake

Enid Lake

Enid Lake

Just 10 miles southeast of Batesville, Enid Lake offers 44,000 acres of outdoor fun including:

  • Picnic pavilions
  • Swimming beaches
  • Campgrounds (5 Class A)
  • Fishing
  • Nature trails (3 trails, 0.5 miles each)
  • Bicycle trail (0.5 miles)
  • Horseback trail (9 miles)
  • Visitor Information Center with exhibits

Recognized as one of America’s Top 10 Fishing Spots, fishermen should take note that the world record crappie and the world record short nose gar were caught in these waters. Enid Lake has over 1.7 million visitors a year.

The North Mississippi Fish Hatchery is located at Enid Lake.

George Payne Cossar State Park

Located at Enid Lake, George Cossar State Park offers amenities and activities including:

  • RV campground
  • Tent campground
  • Cabins
  • Mini golf
  • Disc golf
  • Fishing
  • Boat launch
  • Picnic pavilions
  • Playground
  • Nature trails

Sardis Lake

Sardis Lake

Sardis Lake

Located 8 miles from Sardis, Sardis Lake offers 98,530 acres of land and water recreation including

  • An upper and lower lake
  • Swimming beaches
  • Camping sites
  • 2-mile fitness trail
  • 2 self-guided half-mile trails with a board walk
  • Picnic pavilions
  • Full-service marina

Sardis Lake has a state refuge where waterfowl, ducks, geese, deer and even the treasured bald eagles retreat.

John Kyle State Park

Located at Sardis Lake, John Kyle State Park offers

  • RV campground
  • Tent campground
  • Cabins
  • Golf Villas
  • Fishing
  • Water Skiing
  • Boat launch

North Mississippi Fish Hatchery

North Mississippi Fish Hatchery

North Mississippi Fish Hatchery

The Hatchery is located on the west end of Enid Lake, which provides the facility water. This state of the art facility was constructed to provide a number of fish species to lakes and waterways across the state.

The North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Visitor Education Center gives and in-depth look at fish production as well as the progression of fishing throughout time.