With the northern terminus in Tishomingo County, the 459 mile waterway connects the Tennessee River to the Gulf of Mexico. The Tenn-Tom Waterway is the largest construction project in Corps of Engineers history, requiring more earth-moving than the Panama Canal. Some of the recreational facilities along the Tenn-Tom Waterway and 6,600 acre Bay Springs Lake include:
- Scruggs Bridge Park at Highway 25 North of Iuka
- Robinson Creek Fishing Area
- Doskie Fishing Area
- Little Yellow Creek Fishing Area
- Burnsville Park just off Highway 72 in Burnsville
- Holcut Memorial Park at the west end of Highway 364
- Paden Overlook & Park at Paden
- McDougal Branch Access Area
- Crow’s Neck Access Area
- Cotton Springs Access Area
- Natchez Trace Recreation Area
Piney Grove Campground – located north of Highway 4 on the west side of Bay Springs Lake. Phone: 662-728-1134. You’ll find 141 camper spaces with power, water, and bath facilities, beach, swimming area, playgrounds, game courts, boat ramp, concessions, laundry, and group camping area.
West Damsite Recreation Area, Old Bridge Beach, and Bay Springs Marina – north of Highway 4 west of the Jamie L. Whitten Lock & Dam; and Bay Springs Lake Museum and Visitor Center located off Highway 4 east of the Jamie L. Whitten Lock & Dam. 82 Bay Springs Resource Road, Dennis, Mississippi 38838. Phone: 662-423-1287
The Visitor Center offers museum exhibits, films, auditorium, brochures, maps, picnic tables, and overlook of the lake. A historic dogtrot log cabin, picnic areas, Bay Springs Lake overlooks, interpretive signs, and nature trails are located on the grounds of the museum and visitor center. Check the visitor center for open times and directions to Tenn-Tom Waterway recreational facilities. Call 662-423-1287 for more information.