Barnett Reservoir will be low

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, which oversees Barnett Reservoir near Jackson, has announced it is lowering the 33,000-acre lake about 2½ feet during January and February to continue its battle against giant salvinia.

The drawdown will create more hazards in both the upper river and main-lake areas, and boaters are advised to use caution at all times — even in the marked boat channels.

It will also necessitate the closing of some of the 39 boat ramps on the lake. Ramps will be closed case-by-case during the period. A list of closed ramps will be maintained on the Barnett Reservoir website at


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Bobby Cleveland has covered sports in Mississippi for over 40 years. A native of Hattiesburg and graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, Cleveland lives on Ross Barnett Reservoir near Jackson with his wife Pam.

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