Sardis Lake

Sardis Lake Sardis Lake, MS, on the Tallahatchie River, is known for its sand beaches and fishing opportunities. A State Park with swimming pool, recreation hall, cabins and a golf course is located at Sardis Lake.

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Sardis Lake FAQ

When was Sardis Dam built?
Sardis Dam became operational in October 1940

How long is the Dam?
Sardis Dam is 15,300 feet in length with an average height of 97 feet.

How large is Sardis Lake?
Sardis Lake has a maximum storage capacity of 1,512,000 acre-feet of water. The lake's normal "recreation pool" is 32,500 acres.

Why does the water level drop so much during the winter?
During the fall and winter months the lake is gradually drawn down to a "conservation pool" of 9800 acres. This allows for storage of spring rains from the 1,545 square mile drainage area above the dam.

Are cabins available on Sardis Lake?
Cabins are available at John Kyle State Park. For information or reservations, call (662) 487-1345.

Where can I get a fishing license or find out about fishing regulations?
Fishing licenses can be purchased at most bait shops and there are several around Sardis Lake. Information about fishing regulations can be found at:

What boat ramps have the boat-launching fee?
Lower Lake Boat Ramp, Engineer’s Pointi; Beach Point; Cole’s Point, Pat’s Bluff, Clear Creek, Coontown Landing, Hurricane Landing, Wyatt’s Crossing, Teckville Landing.

Information on Sardis Lake

Sardis Lake Located on the Little Tallahatchie River, Sardis Lake is a 98,520-acre water resource development project occupying parts of three North Mississippi counties. The dam site is nine miles southeast of the town of Sardis, and is only an hour drive from Memphis, Tennessee.

Becoming operational in October 1940, Sardis Lake’s current annual visitation tops 5 million people. The lake is popular with anglers and has a reputation for its abundant bass and crappie. Other recreation activities include hunting, camping, boating, skiing, swimming and picnicking.

Latest Press Release:

Press Release from MDWFP

On Arkabutla, Sardis, Enid, and Grenada Lakes, crappie now have a new bag limit of 20 per person and crappie must be over 12 inches long on all four lakes in order to keep them. Each angler can use up to five poles, except on Grenada it is three poles. The bag limit for crappie is 20 on the spillways of all four lakes but there is no length limit on the spillways.

Effective date is August 6, 2007.