Named for the 52nd governor of the State of Mississippi, the Ross R. Barnett Reservoir was created by impounding the Pearl River between Madison and Rankin Counties. Completed in 1965, it has 105 miles of shoreline and is bounded on the north by the historic Natchez Trace. The lake has a width of approximately 3.5 miles at its widest point and is some 45 miles long. There are 33,000 acres of surface area and, at the summer pool level, the average depth is 12 feet.
The reservoir creates a haven for many outdoor adventures. Boating, sailing, water sports, camping, fishing, picnicking or bird watching offer endless hours of pleasure. Visitors have the opportunity to view and participate in national and regional fishing tournaments, weekend regattas as well as the many festivals held at the reservoir.
For information about boat rentals, please call 601.853.0683 or visit the Main Harbor Store website.