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Fishing, Paddling and boating

Ridgeland is a waterfront town, on the sparkling shores of the Rez (that's what locals call the Barnett Reservoir — all 33,000 acres of it). That makes Ridgeland a prime destination for endless hours of boating, sailing, fishing, paddling, water sports, camping, picnicking and bird watching.

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Need a Kayak?
Visit Pearl River Kayaks 
or call (601) 966-5456

Kayak Rentals

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Need a pontoon or personal watercraft?
Visit Main Harbor Marina Store 
or call (601) 853-0683.

Pontoon and Boat Rentals

sailing

Set sail on the open waters of the Rez. It's the perfect way to enjoy our sunny, breezy days.

Check out the Jackson Yacht Club for sailing education.

Sailing

fishing

Don't let this one get away. Reservoir waters are teeming with life, so come on and cast a line. 
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Barnett Reservoir

Voted Mississippi Magazine's "Best in Mississippi" Best Waterfront Destination

Attractions on the Water

Watersports Events

Ridgeland is home to national and regional fishing tournaments, weekend regattas and many a waterfront festival. Here's what's coming next.

Dragon Boat Regatta

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17apr10:00 am11:00 amThe Great Egg AdventureEvent Type :Arts, Crafts and Culture,Kids and Family,Outdoor

17apr10:00 am12:00 pmSpring Show CaseEvent Type :Arts, Crafts and Culture,Kids and Family

17apr11:00 am10:00 pmMcB's Annual Crawfish BoilEvent Type :Beverage,Culinary,Dining,Music

18apr11:00 am10:00 pmMcB's Annual Crawfish BoilEvent Type :Beverage,Culinary,Dining,Music

22apr7:00 pm9:00 pmDogmud Tavern: Trivia NightEvent Type :Arts, Crafts and Culture,Beverage,Culinary,Dining,Educational

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Planning the Perfect Family Weekend in Ridgeland for 2021

By all accounts, 2021 is shaping up to be a better year starting with the renewal of the family vacation. When it comes to shopping, sporting, scenery, and family togetherness, few places make for a more promising destination than Ridgeland!   Family Sporting Ridgeland’s natural gems are too numerous to name, but The Natchez Trace …

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Resolution Revolution – Discover a New You in the New Year

There’s no denying it: 2020 wasn’t the best year to start on a fitness journey. We worked from home, ate too much at home, and tried (however we could) to stay fit at home-all with mixed success. If 2020 left you feeling sluggish and worn down, you’re certainly not alone. Thankfully, the New Year gives …

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A Short Guide to Traveling in Ridgeland

We are honored to introduce you to guest blogger and UK based writer, Jeffyne Barne, through this incredible piece about traveling in Ridgeland, Mississippi. Thank you, Jeffyne, for your contribution to our readers!   When it comes to traveling, big cities like New York or Los Angeles tend to get the most attention. So, why …

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Disc Golf Old Trace Park

Ridgeland Parks and Restaurants Re-open On May 7, 2020 with Safeguards

Thursday, May 7, 2020 begins the re-opening phase for Ridgeland parks and restaurants with safeguards in place.   Old Trace Park on Barnett Reservoir Parks and all related facilities at Barnett Reservoir will open at 9:00 a.m. according to a press release by the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District. Old Trace Park in Ridgeland …

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Explore Ridgeland’s Outdoor Attractions | Social Distancing at its Best

Social distancing is at its best in Ridgeland with our city’s abundance of outdoor attractions to explore! Don’t fret if your spring travel plans have been postponed, a “staycation” in Ridgeland will keep you happy and healthy in the great outdoors. Natchez Trace Parkway Ridgeland is fortunate to have one of America’s most popular roads …

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Crappie Fishing Barnett Reservoir

Barnett Reservoir Reopens for Boating and Fishing

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 …

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