Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Friday, July 25, 2014
Summer Opportunities Abound on Pascagoula River Wildlife Management Area
JACKSON - Each summer thousands of people flock to the 37,000-acre Pascagoula River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in George and Jackson counties. Fishing is the most popular summer pastime for these WMA visitors, and anglers have plenty of water from which to choose. The Pascagoula River winds along the entire length of the WMA. Dozens of oxbow lakes are scattered throughout the area. Handicap accessible piers on select lakes provide opportunity to disabled anglers. However, more than just fishermen utilize the waters of Pascagoula River WMA. Casual boaters, canoers, and kayakers all get in on the fun. Swimmers and sunbathers soak up rays on the numerous sandbars that line the river. Nighttime also brings out users who enjoy hunting big bullfrogs in the swamp backwaters.
For those visitors who prefer land, off-the-water summertime activities on Pascagoula River WMA include hiking, camping, bird watching, and photography. Miles of trails are available for exploration. Sandbars provide a unique camping experience. Various species of birds frequent the lakes, offering excellent birding opportunities. Many visitors prefer to just ride the roads and enjoy the photogenic swamp scenery. It is not too late this summer to take advantage of what the Pascagoula River WMA has to offer.
All visitors to Pascagoula River WMA, except those exempt from purchasing an annual hunting or fishing license, must purchase and carry a WMA User Permit. WMA User Permits may be purchased wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold. Permits are valid for one year from date of purchase for all WMAs across the state. Additionally, visitors must complete a Daily Visitor Use Permit before entering the WMA. These permit cards are available at permit stations located at major entrances to the WMA. Visitors must return the Daily Visitor Use Permit before leaving the WMA.
For more information regarding wildlife management areas in Mississippi, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com/wma or call us at (601) 432-2199.
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