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Fishing, Paddling and boating

The Water's Fine

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.


Voted Mississippi Magazine
“Best in Mississippi”
Best Waterfront Destination

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Barnett Reservoir


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

Kayak Rentals

Pontoon and Boat Rentals

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

Pontoon and Boat Rentals


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



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


18apr(apr 18)9:00 am19(apr 19)6:00 pmKidFest! Ridgeland 2020Event Type :Kids and Family,Outdoor


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10 Ways to Have Fun and Stay Healthy in Ridgeland MS

10 Ways to Have Fun and Stay Healthy in Ridgeland, MS

As we navigate our new normal and social distancing with the COVID-19 outbreak, let’s keep in mind that there are still ways to have fun and stay healthy in our beautiful community of Ridgeland. We’ve compiled a list of ten ways to find some enjoyment and purpose as we all hunker down: 1. Support our …

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Getting Back to Nature in Ridgeland this Summer

With so many spring and early summer activities in Ridgeland, it’s easy to forget that away from the hot air balloons, fireworks, and crowds lies a core of breathtaking nature to enjoy. Whether you’re a bird-lover, fishing aficionado, or just enjoy a good nature walk, there’s something for you to do outside in Ridgeland. Here’s …

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What else can I do in Ridgeland?

Explore all the ways Ridgeland can bring family and friends together.

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