For Immediate Release
21 July 2016
The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District today announced its intentions to enhance recreational amenities at the 33,000-acre Barnett Reservoir.
Included are three new American Disabilities Act-compliant comfort stations — one each at Lakeshore Park in Rankin County and Old Trace Park in Ridgeland, and a third adjacent to the boat ramp at Coal Bluff Water Park on the upper river area.
To accommodate the fastest growing user group, new kayak ramps will be added at Pelahatchie Shore Park in Pelahatchie Bay, Brown’s Landing on the north end of the main lake and upriver at Ratliff Ferry.
“We are happy to add the new facilities to fill the needs of the recreational users of the reservoir,” said Jack Winstead, chairman of the PRVWSD board of directors. “The comfort stations are located at two of our most popular parks and will be located in areas where the people gather. The other one, at Coal Bluff, will put a facility right on the river where boaters will have access between Lowhead Dam and Ratliff Ferry, and that is something we’ve needed for a long time.”
Winstead said the three kayak launches, similar to the one built at Turtle Point in Pelahatchie Bay two years ago, are necessary to meet the growing needs of an expanding user group.
“There’s no doubt that kayaking is getting bigger every year, and these new sites will open a lot of water for them,” he said. “The launches will provide access to the river and the upper main lake.”
With Tuesday’s action, PRVWSD will proceed to a bidding process on the two different projects (comfort stations, kayak launches). The new facilities should be ready by the spring of 2017.
This week, PRVWSD crews are putting the finishing touches on the installation of the final floating pier at the Goshen Springs Landing on Highway 43, the lake’s busiest boat ramp.