Lovely little lakes in the heart of Jackson. Perfect place to learn to paddle- smooth water, interesting shady swampy ends with cypress trees, lots of wildlife and birds. No motor boats allowed; paddlers and trolling motors only. Felt very safe here as a lone paddler- regular drive-throughs by staff. For the more adventuresome, there is a boat ramp into the Pearl River that you can access at a reduced rate. Beware, you can only go upstream due to the lowhead dam .4 miles downstream.
Picnic and camping facilities onsite.
Gated with boating admission fee of $7 or annual pass of $40.
Address: 3315 Lakeland Terrace, Jackson, MS 39216
Mayes Lake Campground and Day Use Area is located on Lakeland Terrace off of Lakeland Drive.
Directions: From I-55 Exit 98 travel East on Lakeland Drive to Lakeland Terrace. Turn right on Lakeland Terrace. You will see a baseball complex west of the turn onto Lakeland Terrace.
Don't confuse this part of the park with the more well known portion on Riverside Drive where the museums are.
Mississippi State Park website