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Bluestone Lake Wildlife Management Area
West Virginia Wildlife Management Area
Older sign for Bluestone Lake WMA
Country  United States
State  West Virginia
Counties Mercer, Monroe, Summers
Elevation 1,732 ft (527.9 m) [1]
Coordinates 37°33′32″N 80°52′49″W / 37.55889°N 80.88028°W / 37.55889; -80.88028 [1]
Area 18,019 acres (7,292 ha) [2]
Management West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
Owner U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District
Nearest city Hinton, West Virginia
Location of Bluestone Lake Wildlife Management Area in West Virginia
Wikimedia Commons: Bluestone Lake Wildlife Management Area
Website: WVDNR District 4 Wildlife Management Areas

Bluestone Lake Wildlife Management Area[3] (also known as Bluestone Wildlife Management Area) is located in southern West Virginia surrounding Bluestone Lake and the New River. The section of the lake from the Bluestone River to Bluestone Dam is in Bluestone State Park; the rest of the lake basin comprises Bluestone Lake WMA.

The Wildlife Management Area offers visitors a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities on 18,019 acres (72.92 km2).[2] Surrounding Bluestone Lake, the state's second largest body of water, the area offers guests boating, canoeing, camping, hiking, hunting and fishing opportunities.

The area is operated by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources for the purpose of providing outdoor recreation opportunities to the public and protecting the natural resources of the land. The land is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and leased to WVDNR. The WVDNR Parks and Recreation Section operates the on-site office and camping facilities, while the WVDNR Wildlife Resources Section is responsible for game management including the maintenance of food plots.

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Recreation

With the exception of camping, there are no fees for using the Wildlife Management Area. Day-use recreational opportunities at Bluestone Lake WMA include:

Free boat launches provide access to Indian Creek, the New River, and Bluestone Lake.

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Camping

There are seven camping areas spread over 12 miles (19 km) of the New River and Bluestone Lake. Altogether, these sites provide 330 primitive campsites:

  • Indian Mills - 15 sites
  • Keatley - 15 sites
  • Bertha - 55 sites on lake
  • Mouth of Indian Creek - 94 sites on the New River
  • Shanklin's Ferry - 91 sites on the New River
  • Cedar Branch - 45 sites on the New River
  • Bull Falls - 15 sites on Bluestone Lake

Sherman Ballard Recreation Area

The Sherman Ballard Recreation Area has a cabin and barn which offers rustic accommodations. The cabin is an open air construction offering six bunk beds sets, a full kitchen, full enclosed bathroom, and covered porch.

The barn is the only one in the West Virginia State Parks system allowing users to bring their own horses rather than renting horses from a concessionaire. At one time, WVDNR biologists tried to ban horses from the WMA but were rebutted by a public outcry.

References

  1. ^ a b "Bluestone Lake Wildlife Management Area". Geographic Names Information System. U.S. Geological Survey. 1996-09-13. http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=gnispq:3:::NO::P3_FID:1550404. Retrieved 2009-02-08.  
  2. ^ a b WVDNR District 4 Wildlife Management Areas, Accessed January 6, 2010
  3. ^ Ryan, Christopher; Powell, Brian (2009-07-30). "Correct Name for Bluestone WMA". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:WVDNR_Bluestone_Lake_WMA_Name.pdf. Retrieved 2009-07-30.  

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