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Plum Orchard Lake Wildlife Management Area

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Map showing Plum Orchard Lake and Haystack Mountain

In Fayette County north of Pax, WV, and southwest of Oak Hill, WV, this 3,201 acre public hunting and fishing area may best be known as the site of 202 acre Plum Orchard Lake, reportedly one of the best angling locations for bluegill in the eastern U.S. Citation-size bluegill are frequently caught, though the lake is also known for its sunfish, crappie, largemouth bass, and channel catfish.

According to the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources, which manages the facility, area topography is described as ranging from gentle to steep slopes covered in oak-hickory forest, while old re-vegetated strip benches with highwalls remain from the region's earlier coal-mining period. Hunting is best for turkey, squirrel, raccoon and waterfowl. A 175-yard rifle range is available for shooters. Two rustic camping areas with centrally located wells and pit toilets are located at Plum Orchard. Twenty-five campsites are located at its Beech Bottom campground. Nineteen are located near the Plum Orchard Lake Dam. Sewage disposal and water supply systems are available for mobile units. A nominal camping fee is charged.

Directions: Plum Orchard Lake may best be accessed from I-77 interchanges at Pax or Mossy. From either, follow directional signs to Plum Orchard from WV-23 to WV-23/1. From the US-19 expressway at Oak Hill, follow WV-15 west to Mossy.