Barnett Reservoir
Pearl River Valley Water Supply District

About Us

Barnett Reservoir SignWHO WE ARE

Welcome!  The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District is the state agency responsible for managing the 33,000-acre Barnett Reservoir and the 17,000 acres surrounding the lake. The District carries out its multi-purpose mission without local tax dollars or general funding from the state legislature. 

A Board of Directors, representing four state agencies and five counties, approves plans and projects for the District.


  • Provides a water supply for the City of Jackson.
  • Provides water and sewer service for District leaseholders. 
  • Maintains the Barnett Dam and monitors water quality in cooperation with the Mississippi Department of Health and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.
  • Provides recreational opportunities that include managing 48 recreational facilities for an estimated 2.5 million annual visitors.  Visitors can relax at five campgrounds, 16 parks, 22 boat launches, four handicap-accessible boat launches, three handicapped-accessible fishing piers, and 23 miles of trails. Each campground has an on-site Reservoir Police manager. In conjunction with private and public sectors, the District has also developed five marinas, four baseball/soccer complexes, and two golf courses.
  • Develops quality residential communities on Reservoir property, totaling 66 subdivisions and over 5,800 homes to date, maintained by comprehensive subdivision regulations, architectural review guidelines, active homeowners' associations,​ and protective covenants.
  • Provides safe, family-friendly environments with Reservoir Police officers that service the Reservoir and its facilities. Each officer is a law enforcement academy graduate, fully certified by the State of Mississippi. Reservoir campground managers are also fully trained, state-licensed members of the Reservoir Police.
  • Cooperates with other agencies and the U.S. Corps of Engineers to provide flood mitigation for downstream properties.
  • Provides multiple-use management of over 10,000 acres of forest land, including wildlife and watershed protection.



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  • 115 Madison Landing Circle
    Ridgeland, MS

  • Phone: 601-856-6574
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