Ridgeland is where water meets wonderful at the Barnett Reservoir. Named for the 52nd governor of the State of Mississippi, “The Rez” 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 Barnett 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.