The West Virginia. Cyclopedia
R D Bailey Lake Wildlife Management Area
R.D. Bailey Lake WMA (17,280 acres) Mingo and Wyoming counties. Located 15 miles west of Pineville on state Route 97. Mostly oak-hickory forest covers the rugged terrain, which is characterized by narrow valleys and steep ridges, with elevations ranging from 500 to 1,200 feet. Large expanses of forest provide good hunting opportunities for deer (archery only), squirrel, ruffed grouse, turkey, raccoon and black bear. A 200-yard rifle range is located on the area. Fox, bobcat, skunk, opossum, mink and muskrat can be trapped on the area. R.D. Bailey Lake, 630 acres, provides excellent warmwater fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass, sunfish, hybrid striped bass, crappie, catfish, carp, walleye and tiger musky. Trout are stocked in the tailwater. A Corps of Engineers-operated 169-site camping area along the Guyandotte River is open from May 1 to November 1. A public boat launching site is located at the head of the lake. Managed by WVDNR. Owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. For additional information contact: Resource Manager, R.D. Bailey Lake, P.O. Drawer 70, Justice WV 24851-0070, (304) 664-3229. Lake and recreation information, (304) 664-9587.