COE Twiltley Branch Campground on Lake Okatibble in Mississippi

Alligator watch at Corps of Engineer campground on Lake Okatibble (Julianne G. Crane)
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Pull-thru site at COE campground on Lake Okatibble, Miss. (Julianne G. Crane) 

We had only traveled about 100 miles and were planning on pushing further south, however, a storm system with heavy rains and possible high winds was stalling along our intended route.

So, we made a quick change in plans and opted for our backup campground — Twiltley Branch Corps of Engineers Campground on Okatibbee Lake in northeast Mississippi. More than once on this year’s journey, we’ve needed to find a refuge while a storm blew through. Now I always have one or two options plugged into the GPS for each day’s travel.

We hit the jackpot on this safe port to wait out a storm.

Okatibbee Lake is an 11,000-acre multi-purpose project with one full-service campground.  Our pull-through site was clean, level, and flat. It had both 30 and 50 amp, water, picnic table, fire pit, trash bin, and lantern hook.

Sunset over Lake Okatibble, north of Meridian, Miss (Julianne G. Crane)

This wooded campground has spacious camp sites, many with lake views and water access.

One caution — be aware that Okatibbee Lake is home to alligators. One minor annoyance, there was only one inconveniently located bath house with flush toilets. Vault toilets, however, were available.

Okatibbee Lake
Twiltley Branch Campgrounds
9200 Hamrick Road North
Collinsville, MS 39325
(601) 626-8068
Directions: Located 8 miles north of Meridian, Miss., on State Highway 19.

Julianne G. Crane

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