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Enid Lake

Enid Lake is one of four reservoirs developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Yazoo Headwaters Project, which also includes Grenada Lake, Sardis Lake, and Arkabutla Lake. Enid Lake, located on the Yocona River, is recognized as one of America's "Top 10 Fishing Spots," but the lake also features modern family camping, hiking, boating, swimming, fishing, horseback riding, and hunting. Over 1.5 million people use this lake every year.

The entire Enid Lake project covers over 44,000 acres, and Enid Lake takes up 21,000 of those acres. A newly-constructed fish hatchery takes up 58 acres just east from the lake, and visitors can enjoy seeing the fish in tanks as well as along two 80-foot outdoor raceways.


In 1999, Robert Mills snagged a 5.83-pound state record shortnose gar at the Enid spillway. No one has beaten Fred Bright's record white crappie at five pounds, three ounces, taken from this reservoir in 1957. Other common fish species in Enid Lake include largemouth bass, catfish and bream. Fish cleaning stations are located at George Payne Cossar State Park, Outlet Channel Recreation Area, and Wallace Creek Recreation Area.


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    Enid Lake Mississippi Coordinates:
34.1489N -89.9061W
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Lake Type:
Surface Area:
21,000 acres
Maximum Depth:
30 ft
266 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3 ft
Major City:
Memphis, TN
Memphis, TN


Boaters can find over ten boat ramps at day use areas around this lake, and most ramps require an annual pass or a small day use fee. Free boat launch ramps are located at Bynum Creek, Point Pleasant, and Prophet Bridge Recreation Areas.


State park camping fanatics can find 76 camp sites available at George Payne Cossar State Park, located on the southwest shores of Enid Lake. Reservations are strongly recommended for their Yocona Ridge Campground's 35 sites. This state park also features thirteen air-conditioned cabins that can accommodate from four to six people. Other campgrounds along the lake also feature updated renovations and amenities. The National Recreation Reservation Service selected Enid Lake's Persimmon Hill Campground twice as one of America's "Top 100 Campgrounds." Campgrounds around this lake include great lake views, electric and water hookups, showers, boat ramps, trails, beaches, and playgrounds.

If you'd rather stay in a hotel, Enid Lake is located very near I-55 and Batesville, a small town that offers several hotels. Water Valley, located on the east end of the lake, also offers lodging. Visitors also can find plenty of accommodations in Memphis, Tennessee, which is located about 56 miles from the east end of Enid Lake.

Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


Located mainly in Yalobusha County, Enid Lake also extends into Panola and Lafayette Counties. Located near Batesville and Water Valley, Enid Lake also is situated about 56 miles from Memphis, Tennessee.

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