The Barnett Reservoir, or The Rez as it’s called by locals, is an extraordinary gem in the very heart of Mississippi. The vast body of water is centrally located region only a few miles outside of Jackson, the state capitol. The Rez is centered in Mississippi’s most diverse and culturally rich region of the state, and the entertainment and outdoor recreational opportunities are endless.
After decades of study by the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Barnett Reservoir was constructed to provide both a stable source of drinking water for the region as well as support flood control efforts of the Pearl River, which runs through downtown Jackson.
The Rez is an extraordinary result of a combination of land use planning, engineering and hydraulics. The decades-long effort created rich riparian zones for wildlife, thousands of acres of protected open space, expanded swamp lands and wetlands, abundant water sports and recreational uses, and fostered entire new communities and neighborhoods built to ring the shoreline. The nationally renowned Natchez Trace follows The Rez on the north shore with several historic trail markers, hikes and viewpoints.
Y’all are welcome anytime at The Rez to experience the best that Mississippi has to offer.
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. https://www.bassmaster.com/bass-pro-shops-bassmaster-opens
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. […]
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 […]