Marathon Lake Updated:04/2023

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.


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


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Contact Marathon Lake

Recreation Area and Campground
3473 Highway 35 South
Forest, MS  39074
Phone: (601) 469-3811

Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Scott County, Mississippi