Barnett Reservoir’s biggest campground gets bigger
Timberlake Campground, the largest operated by Ross Barnett Reservoir is growing, thanks to a recent $1.5 million expansion that includes 27 new full-service RV sites and a new bathhouse.
The Rez, now 51-years-old and easily Central Mississippi’s No. 1 outdoor recreation destination, needed the expansion to meet a growing demand for camping. Barnett Reservoir generates an estimated $100 million economic impact to the five-county area.
“We at the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District are extremely proud to unveil our latest expansion at Timberlake Campground,” said Jack Winstead, the Chairman of the PRVWSD Board of Directors. “Timberlake is the most popular of our five campgrounds, our most successful campground and with a total of 318 sites, our largest campground.”
The $1.5 million addition is an investment that PRVWSD officials say will pay for itself in five years, if not sooner. Filling the new pads will be no problem, since Timberlake’s reserve and short-term occupancy rate has averaged 89 percent for many years. All of the new sites are dedicated to short-term nightly rentals and were designed to meet the needs of modern RV camping. The new convenience and comfort station is needed to handle our visitors.
Timberlake Campground, located on the southeast end of the lower main lake in Rankin County, is managed by Fred Coats. Former Reservoir police officer Ruthie Harrington was recently named assistant manager.
Timberlake Campground, the largest operated by Ross Barnett Reservoir is growing, thanks to a recent $1.5 million expansion that includes 27 new full-service RV sites and a new bathhouse....