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Parks & Recreation

Office of Parks & Recreation

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District (the District) has a variety of recreational activities available throughout the Reservoir area. Learn about outdoor recreation and amenities available to District visitors.


The Ross Barnett Reservoir is the 33,000-acre impoundment of the Pearl River. The main lake which amasses approximately 24,000 acres provide a great opportunity for boating sports including skiing, jet skiing, cruising and more. The remaining 9,000 acres provides the perfect environment for paddleboarding, kayaking, animal watching and fishing. The District also manages 33 boat launches and two kayak launches granting easy access to visitors. Learn more about boating at the Reservoir.


Whether a weekend trip or month-long staycation, the District has a some of the finest recreational destinations in the Southeast. The District has five unique recreational parks that bring some of the comforts of home to the great outdoors including swimming pools, playgrounds, tennis courts, TV recreation rooms and more. Find out which of the District’s five campground locations is right for you.


Whether an amateur fisherman or seasoned expert, the Ross Barnett Reservoir is the perfect location to drop a hook. Fed by the Pearl River, the Reservoir is home to a variety of sport fish including bass, crappie, bream, gar and more. You may even try your hand at landing a giant catfish. The Reservoir also offers paid tournaments throughout the year which is a great experience for professionals and observers. Get additional information about fishing regulations and amenities.


Central Mississippi is home to a variety of sport game like deer, migratory birds and even alligators. Hunting is subject to the limits and regulations set forth by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks (MDWFP) with additional safety regulations added for Pearl River Valley Water Supply District territory. Before you gear up for your next hunting expedition, get information on hunting at the Reservoir.

Parks & Rentals

The District is home to four recreational day-use parks. To meet the growing interests of Reservoir visitors, our parks boast their own unique menu of activities and amenities including a dog park at Old Trace Park and Lakeshore Park as well as disc golf at Pelahatchie Shore. There are also trails all along the Reservoir for hiking, biking and walking. District parks also offer rental opportunities for special events. Discover all the Reservoir has to offer.