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Marathon Lake is a 50-acre lake located in Smith County, MS, offering visitors the opportunity to enjoy biking, hiking, boating, fishing, swimming, wildlife viewing and more. The campground provides 34 campsites with water and electric hook-ups, 14 picnic tables, a sand volleyball court, BBQ grills, pavilions, boat launch, swimming area, hiking trail, water fountains and sanitation facilities. There is also a dump station and a campground host available.


This location is available on a first-come, first-served basis only. Visitors are required to physically arrive at the campground to purchase and claim a site. Once on-site, you may be able to pay for your campsite(s) by scanning a QR code using the Recreation.gov mobile app, and the Scan and Pay feature.

If this option is available, you will need to first download the free Recreation.gov mobile app https://www.recreation.gov/mobile-app prior to your arrival as some remote areas have limited or no cellular service.


Marathon Lake provides various recreational oppurtunties. This includes activities such as biking, hiking, boating, picnicking, fishing, camping, swimming, wildlife viewing, and volleyball.


  • 34 campsites with water and electricity
  • 14 picnick tables
  • Sand volleyball court (no ball provided)
  • BBQ grills
  • 2 Pavilions (can be reserved for groups, please call local Forest Service Office at 601-469-3811)
  • Boat Launch
  • Swimming area with sandy beach
  • Hiking Trail (1.7 miles in length)
  • Water fountains
  • Sanitation facilities with showers and flush toilets
  • Dump station for trash

Natural Features

Marathon Lake is a 50-acre lake located in Smith County. It got its' name from Marathon Lumber Company which closed in 1929. You will enjoy the beauty and seclusion of this quiet campground located approximately 15 miles southeast of Forest, MS and 25 miles northeast of Raleigh, MS. Marathon Recreation area is equipped with 34 camping sites (with water and electric hook-ups), boat ramp, swimming area, 2 bath houses (warm showers), picnic shelters, picnic tables and a hiking trail. The lake has been stocked with catfish, bass and crappie and is open to bream fishing. A dump station is available. The area has a volunteer Campground Host on site most of the time.


This location is staffed. Please call (601) 469-3811 to speak with local staff.
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