As of 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 20, 2020 the 33,000-acre Barnett Reservoir in Ridgeland, MS is again open for boating and fishing after being closed in accordance to Governor Tate Reeves’ executive order related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District announced in a press release that most boat ramps are open and fishing is allowed on the lake’s banks and the Spillway Recreation Area.
“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 PRVWSD general manager, “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 fisherman are strongly encouraged to use precaution during the pandemic to stay safe while enjoying the fun outdoor opportunities that the Barnett Reservoir provides.
(photo credit: The Crappie Connection)