Friends of Legion State Park Making A Difference

Since 2004, an organization made-up strictly of volunteers has been instrumental in preserving and improving the facilities of Winston County’s treasured Legion State Park. Aptly named “Friends of Legion State Park,” the group meets regularly and raises money and devotes time to helping the park succeed when funding and staffing by the State have been difficult.

The history of the group’s formation and its efforts has been journaled by one of its founding members, retired registered forester Kline Shepherd. Shepherd, an octogenarian, recalls his being led to become involved in the parks’ restoration as being nothing short of ‘divine intervention.’ He reverently describes the many successes that happened as the group was being formed which he says simply can’t be explained by any other means and speaks fondly of the commitment that all the members of Friends displayed as they dutifully took-on their responsibilities.

On its website, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks promotes the park in complimentary terms. “The fourth of the original state parks developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps, Legion State Park remains as unspoiled today as when the Choctaw Indian Nation first inhabited the area centuries ago. Hidden in the red hill country of Mississippi, Legion State Park strikes the perfect balance of natural beauty and modern comfort, with all man-made structures in the park designed to complement the pristine beauty of the area. Of particular interest is Legion Lodge, a hand-hewn log structure that has remained unaltered since its construction in the 1930s.”

Friends September Election Meeting

The Friends of Legion State Park will hold a quarterly meeting on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 6:30 P.M. in the lodge.
We will be electing new officers and committee members.
Please make every effort to come to this meeting.
We need your input and support.

You may vote at the Lodge from 9 am til 1 pm and from 6:30 til 7 pm on Tuesday, September 13, 2016.

Friends Summer Picnic 2016

Despite the heat, around 30 Friends members attended the Summer Picnic this year. We enjoyed pulled pork, baked beans, coleslaw, a variety of desserts and entertainment from "Happy Butch" a DJ at Refuge 107.1 in Louisville and local talent Tracy McCully.

Thank You To Our Sponsors

The Friends of Legion State Park would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our sponsors for their continued generosity to our park. Without you we could not continue with our many projects.

We would also like to welcome our newest sponsor The Jewel Shoppe. Thank you so much for your support.

Perfect Day For Fishing At Kids & Kats


The weather was perfect on Saturday, May 7, 2016 as a record number 109 kids participated in the Kids-n-Kats Fishing Rodeo held at Legion State Park. Not all were successful as the catfish were not biting very well, but a few reached their limit. The kids were then treated to hot dogs provided by Mike Skipper and drinks and cookies provided by the ladies of Friends of Legion State Park. Kids who participated in the rodeo were given tickets at registration to enter in a drawing for prizes. The prizes were donated by Friends of the Park.

The catfish were provided by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and the event was assisted by the Friends of Legion State Park. The Legion Kids-n-Kats Rodeo is one of dozens of similar events hosted across the state and is designed to encourage youth to participate in the sport of fishing.

For more pictures of the fishing rodeo click here.