R. D. Bailey Lake

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R. D. Bailey Lake

West Virginia

(304) 664-3229

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Things To Do

Overview

R.D. Bailey Lake is a beautiful lake in rugged terrain with a visitor center overlooking the lake and many recreational opportunities. The Visitor's Center is perched 365 feet above the lake providing a breathtaking view of the dam, lake and surrounding forest. Viewing telescopes are mounted on the observation deck and visitor center exhibits show opportunities available at the lake and provide a better understanding of the project. Tours are available of the dam and intake structure.

Map of R. D. Bailey Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 37.599136, -81.822567

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Activities

  • Boating

    Facilities for boat launching are available at the Guyandotte Point Marina and for campers at the Guyandotte Campground. R.D. Bailey Lake's marina is located at the Guyandotte Point Boat Ramp and Marina. It provides visitors with docking facilities, fishing, tackle, and boat rental.

  • Bicycling

    Bicycles are permitted on main roads, trails, and campground areas. Contact a Ranger for the location of areas conducive to off-road bicycling. Under West Virginia law, all riders under the age of 14 years MUST wear a protective helmet.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Contact the park for more information.

  • Camping

    Spread along a scenic six mile stretch of the Guyandotte River, the campground is divided into four segments, each with restrooms/showers, playgrounds, and nearby trailer dump stations. Both tent and trailer sites have electric hookups. A boat launch ramp is available for campers. All recreational facilities are universally accessible. Camping at R.D. Bailey Lake is restricted to developed camping areas only - there is no random camping. The use of vehicles off authorized roadways is also prohibited. The campgrounds are fee areas, with 94 sites. 90 of these sites have electrical hookups.

  • Fishing

    Fishing has been excellent for largemouth, smallmouth and striped bass; walleye, tiger muskie, channel catfish, crappie and panfish since the lake was formed in 1980. West Virginia fishing licenses are required. Easy-to-reach fishing spots are located at the Guyandotte Point Recreation Area, Big Branch Day Use Area, and below the dam.

  • Hiking

    Foot trails are located at the Salt River, Ridge Top, and Justice Trails

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback riding is permitted at the R.D. Bailey Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) for personal use only (commercial riding is prohibited). Horseback riding is only permitted on existing access roads to minimize environmental impact. Horses shall not be brought in camping, picnicking, swimming, or other recreation areas unless permitted by the Project Manager.

  • Hunting

    The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages 17,280 acres of the 19,000 acre project for Wildlife Management purposes providing opportunities for the hunting enthusiast to harvest small game such as squirrels, rabbits, grouse, and turkey. An abundance of oak, hickory, and beech make up the steep mountains and deep ravines offering a challenging hunt for any seasoned hunter. The WMA at R.D. Bailey is also nestled in part of Wyoming and Logan Counties which offers archery only hunting for white-tailed deer. These two counties along with the bordering counties of Mingo and McDowell give the opportunity to harvest older age deer. It's not uncommon for an archery hunting to harvest bucks sporting 140" racks. For more information contact the WV DNR.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic shelters are located at the Big Branch Day Use Area, Guyandotte Point / Marina, and the Visitor Center / Overlook. All shelters are available on a first come,first served basis except when reserved in advance. A fee is required for reserving a shelter. Picnic shelters may be reserved by calling the National Recreation Reservation Service. There are also picnic tables at all recreation areas on the R.D. Bailey Lake project.

  • RVing

    Spread along a scenic six mile stretch of the Guyandotte River, the campground is divided into four segments, each with restrooms/showers, playgrounds, and nearby trailer dump stations. Both tent and trailer sites have electric hookups. A boat launch ramp is available for campers. All recreational facilities are universally accessible. Camping at R.D. Bailey Lake is restricted to developed camping areas only - there is no random camping. The use of vehicles off authorized roadways is also prohibited. The campgrounds are fee areas, with 94 sites. 90 of these sites have electrical hookups.

  • Water Sports

    No developed swimming facilities currently exist.

Directions

Driving

The dam is on the Guyandotte River near the southern West Virginia town of Justice in Wyoming County. From Justice, take Route 52 East. Turn left off route 52 at the R.D. Bailey sign. This road leads to the Visitor Center, with the park office and dam overlook.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(304) 664-3229

Campground reservations

(877) 444-6777

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