Berwind Lake Wildlife Management Area

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Berwind Lake Wildlife Management Area

West Virginia

(304) 875-2577

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Overview

Berwind Lake Wildlife Management Area, in McDowell County, is one of the larger Wildlife Management Areas in West Virginia, containing approximately 18,000 acres of rugged mountain terrain common to the southern portion of the state. The area was established in 1974 under a lease agreement between the Berwind Lake Company and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Elevations range from 1642 feet to 2628 feet and the majority of the area is heavily forested. Oak and hickory dominate the woodlands, which also have some beech and maple cover. A small percentage of the area consists of brushlands which were created by timber cutting, old log landings, skidder trails and abandoned strip mines. Most of the open land is located around Berwind Lake near the picnic areas and swimming pool.

Map of Berwind Lake Wildlife Management Area (WV)

Latitude, Longitude: 37.259982, -81.701975

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Activities

  • Boating

    A foot trail surrounds the lake with an accessible fishing pier and boat launch ramp. The lake allows electric motors only.

  • Camping

    There are two sites with electric and water and six rustic sites with one accessible site available. Each site is equipped with a picnic table, lantern post and charcoal grill. Campsite check-in is at noon; check-out is at 11:00 a.m. There is a six campers to a site limit, with an additional charge for every person that is over six campers to a site.

  • Fishing

    The twenty acre lake contains largemouth bass, trout, channel catfish, and bluegill. A foot trail surrounds the lake with an accessible fishing pier and boat launch ramp. The lake allows electric motors only.

  • Hiking

    The lake features three designated trails, an overlook, and miles of unimproved logging and gas well roads for hiking.

  • Hunting

    Hunting prospects are turkey, whitetail deer (bow only), squirrel, raccoon, and grouse.

  • Picnicking

    The lake includes an accessible shelter and reservable shelters. Shelter reservations can be made by calling the park office.

  • RVing

    Contact the park for more information.

  • Water Sports

    Contact the park for more information.

Directions

Driving

I-77 northbound and southbound: Take I-77 to Princeton, WV, to Exit 9, WV Rt. 460W. Stay on 460W to Tazwell, VA. At Exit 2, take WV Rt. 16N. Stay on 16N to War, WV. Once in War, go to the end of the city limits and make a left across the bridge. Follow road to the park entrance (about 3 miles). Make a right into the park entrance and follow signs to facilities.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(304) 875-2577

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