Guide to the Ross Barnett Reservoir

AKA: "The Rez"

The Barnett Reservoir not only provides water to the City of Jackson, but it also provides outdoor fun and entertainment to the people who visit. The Rez welcomes everyone to explore the outdoors with parks, trails, campsites and fun!

Chow Down!

Pelican Cove Grill

Join the fun for live music, good food and yummy drinks! Enjoy the weekend with live bands. Check out there website for more events and live music schedule!

 Where: 3999 Harborwalk Dr, Ridgeland, MS 39157

Shucker’s Oyster bar

Shucker’s has not only great oysters, but also fun live entertainment on the deck all weekend long. For all the latest Shucker events go to their website! 

Where: 116 Conestoga Rd. Ridgeland, MS 39157






Camp out! 

Along the Ross Barnett Reservoir there are a number of campgrounds to visit. From RVs, pools, tennis courts and TV to upriver camping with roasting s’mores on a fire beside a tent that you pitched, there is a campground with exactly what your looking for. The five campgrounds all vary in amenities, check out the site brochures to pick your weekend home!

Timberlake Campground 

Goshen Springs Campground 

Leake County & Low Head Dam 

Coal Bluff Campground 

Cast a line!

Fishing on the Rez is the reel deal 😉 From Catfish and Bass to everything in between, the Rez has fishing for all! You can put your boat in at one of the many ramps or fish from shore.

In some areas, only rod and reel fishing is allowed, but in other areas, fly fishing is permitted. Check out the Reservoir’s very own set of fishing tips and tricks for details on where you can find what fish, what kind of bait works best where and much more HERE.

Also check out this list of shops on the water to get bait and gear.

Bike, Hike & Picnic!

Fall is the perfect time to hang out outdoors and enjoy nature. The Barnett Reservoir has a variety of parks, picnic areas and trails to spend some quality time with Mother Nature. You can even reserve a pavilion for special events like weddings, reunions or 5ks.

If you want to get moving, the Rez has a number of multi-use trails! Whether you are walking or biking, there are trails for both! Check out the trail map






Check out our events calendar for Rez events and more weekend fun!