The Barnett Reservoir, or The Rez as it’s called by locals, is an extraordinary gem in the very heart of Mississippi.

The Pearl River feeds the Barnett Reservoir’s vast body of water, which is centrally located in the state only a few miles outside of Jackson, the capitol city. Central Mississippi is the most diverse and culturally rich region of the state, and the entertainment and outdoor recreational opportunities are endless. The lifestyle and mild weather has attracted people from all over the country to live and work where the neighborhoods are both affordable and friendly, with hospitality second to none.

Everyone is welcome at The Rez, y’all, to experience the best that Mississippi has to offer.

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Enjoy the serenity of paddling along an uncommon waterway, where easy public access meets a wilderness experience. Pelahatchie Bay is located at the Ross Barnett Reservoir and fed by beautiful Pelahatchie Creek, a world class area for slow water kayaking and canoeing among the cypress trees, backwater swamp and stunning flora and fauna. Look close and you might spot a docile alligator sunning on the bank, a snapping turtle on a fallen tree, a blue heron fishing for lunch and hundreds of species of migratory birds. Access the Bay off North Shore Parkway at Pelahatchie Shore Park or Hwy 471, a few miles north of Brandon.


On any given day, any month of the year, you’ll find a crowd of anglers casting their line for the big one. From experienced old timers to up and coming talent, every angler knows that today might be the day to catch the one that makes the tale even taller. Bass, Crappie, Bream and Catfish are plentiful and record level catches are common. Whether you’re up on the Pearl River, above the dam in the big water, motoring around in Pelahatchie Bay, kayaking on Pelahatchie Creek, or downriver on the lower Pearl, you’re sure to keep working to land the one that doesn’t get away.

Latest news

2018 Bassmaster Open | March 1 – 3

The 2018 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Series Tournament will be held on the Barnett Reservoir on March 1-3, 2018. The country’s best bass fisherman prove their fishing skills on The Rez as they earn their way into the Bassmaster Classic and Elite Series. For information, visit Bassmaster Opens Series Tournament.

New Exhibit – Birds of the Dam

Friday, September 1st, 4 pm – 5 pm Mississippi Museum of Natural Science Paula Van Every has captured the essence of hundreds of birds at the The Rez in a photography exhibit that span a style from photo journalism to artistic interpretation. There’s a distinct integration between humans and the wild all over The Rez. […]

3 New Kayak Launches at The Rez

April 20, 2017 (from WJTV) — Three new kayak-dedicated launches have been installed at the Ross Barnett Reservoir. The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District said this gives paddlers access to the Rez. The new facilities are located at Ratliffs Ferry on the upper river, Brown’s Landing on the north end of the main lake just […]

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