Dub Patton Recreation Area

Dub Patton Recreation Area sits along Arkabutla Lake and Dam in the hills of northwest Mississippi. The dam project is on the Coldwater River and offers some of the best sailing east of the Mississippi River.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated on the waterfront, among rolling hills forested with a shady mixture of oak, hickory, beech, sweet gum and birch trees.


Families come to Arkabutla Lake to enjoy the great outdoors by fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, and biking. 

Wildlife management areas around Arkabutla Lake boast a combined 30,000 acres of public hunting lands where whitetail deer, wild turkeys, quail and waterfowl roam. 

Several trails wind around the lake and throughout the nearby landscape. The Coldwater River Nature Trail System encompasses two hiking trails as well as an interpretive trail that helps educate hikers on the wildlife and ecosystem. The Swinging Bridge Nature Trail is also nearby, and includes a section of land that was part of the river prior to the dam being built. This trail is also an interpretive educational trail. 

Thousands of people each year visit Arkabutla Lake to go fishing. The lake is home to several species of native fish to Mississippi waters, such as largemouth bass, bream, catfish and crappie.


This year-round campground offers 59 family sites and two group day-use shelters, all with electric hookups. Amenities include flush toilets, showers and drinking water, creating a comfortable camping experience for guests.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.77444, -90.11472
34°46'28"N, 90°6'53"W

From I-55 take the Coldwater, Mississippi, exit and proceed west on Scenic Route 304. Follow the signs to the camping area, which is located just north of the dam.

Contact Dub Patton Recreation Area

3905 Arkabutla Dam Road
Coldwater, Mississippi  38618
Phone: (662) 562-6261


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