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Bluestone Lake Wildlife Management Area

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Bluestone Lake from WV-20

South of Hinton, WV, in southern Summers County, the 18,019 acre Bluestone Lake Wildlife Management Area is one of the largest public recreation areas in West Virginia. The area is certainly best known as the location of 1,970 acre Bluestone Lake, the second largest body of water in West Virginia, but the region's spectacular mountain scenery and miles of uninhabited forests accommodate outdoor recreation venues of every description. With the exception of its public campground and recreation areas and the Bluestone Dam site, the Bluestone Lake WMA is free of residential and commercial development,

Hunting & Trapping

The Bluestone Lake WMA protects an uninhabited region of bottomlands, rolling uplands, steep mountainsides, and rocky sandstone cliffs surrounding the lake. Its forests are predominantly oak-hickory, and hunters can expect to find deer, squirrel, and raccoon, though the area's turkey hunting is among the best in the eastern U.S., according to the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources. Trappers will find mink, muskrat, fox, and bobcat. An archery range and 100-yard rifle range is also located on the area near Indian Mills.


Bluestone Lake accomodates excellent warmwater angling for catfish, largemouth and smallmouth bass, striped bass, panfish, and musky. Six carry-down launch ramps are available for boats. Many private and public campgrounds are located in and near the wildlife management area.


Seven public campgrounds are located within the territory of the Bluestone Lake WMA, and camping area size ranges from 15 sites at the Keatley and Indian Mills campgrounds to 80 campsites at Shanklin's Ferry and 100 at the Mouth of Indian Creek. Non-reservable campsites are rented on a first-come-first-served basis, and a nominal daily fee is charged for camping year-round. Neither hunting nor the possession or consumption of alcohol is permitted in the camping areas.

Bluestone Wildlife Management Area
HC 65, Indian Mills, WV 24935
Phone: (304) 466-3398
WMA Map: WMA pdf
Further Info.: WMA site

Topographic Maps of the Bluestone WMA

Map of Bluestone Lake (North)
Map of Bluestone Lake (West)
Map of Bluestone Lake (East)
Map of Bluestone Lake (South)