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Lake Saint John

Lake Saint John is an open water oxbow lake formed from the Mississippi River. Located just 12 miles from Natchez, Mississippi and north of Ferriday, Louisiana, this lake has an average depth of twelve feet and maximum depths of 37 feet. The lake is gorgeous, surrounded by private residences and Cypress trees. It is popular with recreational boaters, swimmers, water skiers, and anglers who seek that trophy largemouth bass.


The fishing at Lake Saint John is more than satisfactory, with freshwater species that include bass, bream, a large catfish population, white perch, and crappie. Look for bass around numerous piers and among Cypress trees. Hybrid stripers are stocked in this lake during spring and fall.


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    Lake Saint John Louisiana Coordinates:
31.7174N -91.4557W
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Lake Type:
Oxbow Lake
Surface Area:
2,175 acres
Maximum Depth:
37 ft
52 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3 ft
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Boaters can enjoy at least four public launches to gain access to Lake Saint John, with one located at Spokanes. Marinas also provide access, as well as rental homes that have private piers and boat launch ramps.


If you want to stay at a state park, you have two options from Lake Saint John. In Louisiana, you can reserve a spot at Lake Bruin, located 30 miles north. This park has 36 improved campsites and 12 premium sites, three of which are pull-through with all hook-ups. The other option is across the Mississippi River at Natchez State Park, located about 20 miles from Ferriday, Louisiana. This park has ten cabins that hold up to six people each, including one cabin that is handicap accessible. The park also has several campgrounds, ranging from eight primitive sites to 50 standard sites.

Lake Saint John is in high demand for private waterfront private homes, so finding accommodations along the lake might be difficult. Still, visitors can find private campgrounds, short-term rental homes, cabins, beds and breakfasts, and hotels. Natchez also provides a wide range of accommodations. Natchez, a 300-year-old town that sits on the banks of the Mississippi River, offers plenty of entertainment and activities for the entire family.

Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


Lake Saint John is located in Concordia Parish, Louisiana, near the towns of Vidalia, Clayton, Ferriday, and Waterproof. The closest city with a major airport is Alexandria, located approximately 70 miles from Ferriday and 82 miles from Natchez. Natchez, Mississippi, is located just across the Mississippi River from Lake Saint John, and only 12 miles from Ferriday. If you want to fly in to fish or boat Lake Saint John and stay in Natchez, the Alexandria airport is the way to go.

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