The 33,000-acre Barnett Reservoir was constructed back in the 1960’s to provide drinking water for the Jackson metro area. Since that time it’s become a prime destination for endless hours of boating, sailing, fishing, paddling water sports, camping, picnicking and bird watching.
Main Harbor Store Marina is open and renting pontoon boats; however, they are limiting the capacities to six people per the Governor’s request until May 11, or later if the orders extend.
“Boaters are limited two people per boat, or up to 50 percent of a boat’s maximum occupancy rating, whichever is greater,” said John Sigman, General Manager of Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, “However, remember that people must maintain at least six feet of separation between each other whether on a boat or on the bank.” No gatherings of 10 or more persons will be allowed. Sandbars and piers remained closed as well.
Old Trace Park in Ridgeland and Lakeshore Park in Brandon remain closed, including the disc golf courses and dog parks along with Pelahatchie Shore Park and boat ramp. PRVWSD has opened boat traffic between Pelahatchie Bay and the main lake through the bridge on Northshore Parkway.
Boaters and fishermen are strongly encouraged to use precaution during the pandemic to stay safe while enjoying the fun outdoor opportunities that the Barnett Reservoir provides.