Float Your Way Around Mississippi
From the Gulf of Mexico to the Mississippi River and the web of waterways that crisscross the entire state, Mississippi boasts a boating destination that's just perfect for you.
Whether it’s an easy cruise in a pontoon boat or a quick zip across the water in something with a little more speed, you’ll soon find the winds whipping and the waters rolling behind you. If you love to live life on the water, Mississippi is the ideal place to be.
Grenada Lake is the largest lake in Mississippi and was created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a part of the sweeping flood control plan in response to the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. The lake encompasses nearly 100,000 acres and is an excellent place to enjoy swift boating, water skiing or simply a relaxing ride.
Near the heart of the state and straddling Rankin and Madison counties, the Ross Barnett Reservoir is a 33,000-acre man-made lake fed by the Pearl River and curled next to the Natchez Trace just outside of the state capital of Jackson. The lake began its life in 1960 and today offers the Jackson area access to a vast body of water, whether by powerboat, jet ski or paddle.
Likewise, the waters of the Mississippi Gulf Coast are perfect for every watercraft sport imaginable. Sailing, kite surfing and jet skiing are popular pastimes, and the barrier islands often ensure a smooth enough surface for water skiing atop the ocean waters. With easy access to the Gulf of Mexico in cities such as Gulfport, Biloxi and Ocean Springs, the Gulf Coast is a dream for Mississippi boating.