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J.P. Coleman State Park

613 CR 321
Iuka, MS 38852
(662) 423-6515

Perched on a rocky bluff overlooking the Tennessee River, J.P. Coleman State Park offers the finest in all types of water sports. Visitors experience unmatched sailing, swimming, skiing, and fishing for Smallmouth bass in the sparkling waters of Pickwick Lake, and enjoy camping and exploring in the untamed wilderness along the banks of the Tennessee River.

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Park Directions
Google Map Directions (link)
Directions (PDF)

Area Attractions
The following attractions are located within a short drive of J.P. Coleman State Park. The park staff will be happy to provide you with directions.


Annual Events

March 8 - American Bass Anglers Tournament

March 15 - Bass Weekend Tournament

April 5 & 6 - American Bass Anglers Tournament

April -  Easter Egg Hunt J. P. Coleman

April 26 - Antique Tractor Club (Tri State Flywheelers)

May 3 - Bass Weekend Tournament

May 10 - American Bass Tournament

June 14 - Bass Weekend Tournament

June 21 - Kids First Tournament

July 19 - Kids First Tournament

Aug 8 & 9 - Bass Weekend Series

Aug 14 & 15 - Dulcimer Festival

Sept 13 & 14 - BFL Tournament



Developed Camping
The 69 sites available for RV camping feature picnic tables, grills, electrical, water and sewage hookups. Two bathhouses with restrooms along with hot showers are available for campers use. All sites are available for advance reservations and can be reserved up to 24 months in advance.  Monthly camping may be available on campsites 60-69 only.  Please check with the park office for availability. 
Campsite Map


Primitive Camping Area
J.P. Coleman offers nine tent camping sites overlooking Indian Creek. No grill, table or water is located on site. A bathhouse is within walking distance located in the developed campground for campers use. All primitive sites are walk-up only.

Cabins / Cottages
J.P. Coleman features 20 vacation one bedroom duplex cabins, offering a view of Indian Creek. Furnished beds, bath linens, TV (satellite service), basic kitchen equipment, grill and picnic table. All cabins are air conditioned and heated. Some have screened porches. Four units have fireplaces with gas log inserts. Cabins accommodate up to four people. Reservations are strongly recommended and are accepted up to 24 months in advance.  Smoking is not allowed in any Mississippi government building (including cabins/cottages).

Cottages are two bedroom units with one queen bed and one full size bed, a combination living, dining and kitchen area. Cottages have central air/heat. TV (satellite service), basic kitchen equipment, grill and picnic table. NO LINENS (bed or bath), PILLIOWS, or BLANKETS ARE PROVIDED, but may be rented at park office at time of check-in for an extra fee.  Smoking is not allowed in any Mississippi government building (including cabins/cottages).


Motel Rooms
The motel features three luxurious townhouses and sixteen motel rooms, two of which are handicap accessible. All rooms are equipped with kitchen facilities and offer a view of the majestic Tennessee River. Reservations are recommended and are accepted up to 24 months in advance.  Smoking is not allowed in any Mississippi government building (including motel rooms).


The park features a 15 x 60 foot swimming pool and a kiddy pool. A fee is charged. Pool is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day 10:00 A.M to 5:00 P.M. The pool is closed Monday and Tuesday of each week, unless a holiday falls on one of those days.


Marina Slips
Marina Slips available for monthly rental at J. P. Coleman may feature water hookups only, electrical hookups may be available at the renters expense. Slips are available up to 48-foot. Currently the Daily Guest Slips are available for park guest use for a small fee daily. Contact the park office for availability, current policy and rates.

Additional marina services include Fuel Sales for boaters needs and the dock area and Ice Sales from the park office. The marina fueling area is not staffed year-round and may be best to call ahead for park staff available to meet your needs at the fueling area. Public restrooms are available seasonally. Sewer dumping is available by calling the park office for available staff to assist in sewer pumping.


Visitor/Activity Building
A meeting room accommodating up to 150 people is available. Contact the park office for specific information on facilities, reservations, costs and local caterers.


Picnic Area/Shelter
Picnic Pavilion may be reserved for a small fee. Note: Restroom near shelter closed for renovation.


Miniature Golf
A miniature golf course is open seasonally and is available to groups by reservation year round. A fee is charged.

Boat Launching
Pickwick Lake offers 47,500 acres of freshwater for fishing and other water sports. A boat launch is available for persons with their own boats. Entrance Fee is charged for Day Use guest.  Water skiing is permitted on Pickwick Lake.


Pickwick Lake offers 47,500 acres of fresh water for fishing and water sports. The lake is brimming with crappie, bream, catfish, sauger, walleye, and most species of bass. A Mississippi fishing license is required for all persons between the ages of 16 and 65 and may be purchased at the park office (Cash/Master Card/Visa only). Water skiing is permitted, and a boat launching ramp is available. For fishing licenses purposes please keep in mind Pickwick Lake spans portions of three states.
Mississippi Territory Fishing Map (PDF)
Mississippi Fishing License Information (link)

Laundry Facilities
Laundry facilities are available in the lower campground area.

 A playground is available for use in the Park. 

Day Use
A day use entry fee is charged on a per vehicle basis.