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part ofBluestone Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open through Sat Oct 31 2015   Season Dates


Bluestone Lake Picnic Shelter is a day-use area near the shores of Bluestone Lake in southern West Virginia.

The 2,040 acres of water provide boaters, water skiers and fishermen with plenty of recreational opportunities.

With a capacity of up to 100 guests and dozens of activities and amenities, the day use area is a hot spot for large gatherings and outdoor fun. It is very popular among Little League Baseball groups and fishermen.

Natural Features:

Visitors won't want to miss the scenic views of West Virginia's third largest lake and its surrounding thick forests.

Bluestone Dam spans the New River, forming Bluestone Lake. The New River is the oldest river in North America and partially follows the path of the prehistoric Teays River.

The area is also rich in cultural history, with 103 archaeological sites located on federal property around the lake.


The New River is the best warm water fishery in West Virginia. Year after year, it produces more citation game fish than any other warm water river in West Virginia. Anglers can cast a line for smallmouth, white and striped bass, bluegill, catfish, crappie and muskellunge.

A short drive to the popular Bluestone Lake Wildlife Management Area won't disappoint for hunters interested wild turkey, white-tailed deer and various small game.


The accessible picnic shelter is equipped with electric and water hookups, as well as restrooms and ample parking. There are 12 picnic tables located around the shelter which seat approximately 75 people.

Basketball, baseball, horseshoe, playing fields and a playground are sure to keep visitors active during their visit.

A boat ramp, dock, pier and marina are a short drive away for the convenience of boaters and anglers.

Nearby Attractions:

Bluestone State Park has cabin rentals, picnicking and camping facilities, as well as two boat ramps and a marina.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Sites
  • Baseball Fields
  • Basketball Courts
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Roads
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • River Access
  • Trails
Within 10 Miles
  • Accessible Trails
  • Bait Shop
  • Bank
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boat Rentals
  • Boat Slips
  • Boating
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Canoe Rentals
  • Dock
  • Fishing Dock
  • Fishing Pier
  • General Store
  • Gift Shop
  • Golf
  • Group Camping
  • Hospital
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Lake Access
  • Marina
  • RV Parking
  • Restaurant
  • River Trips
Know Before You Go
  • This facility is open year-round
  • Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • This facility closes at 10 p.m.
  • Alcohol is prohibited at this park
  • The shelter is available on a first-come, first-served basis except when reserved in advance
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
37.63306, -80.88306
37°37'59"N, 80°52'59"W

From Beckley, West Virginia, take Interstate 64 east to exit 139. Go south on State Route 20 to Hinton and turn right at the first stoplight. Follow Route 20 south and turn left across the New River Bridge. Turn right at the end of the bridge on State Route 3E. Make another right onto Miller Avenue and follow the road to Bluestone Dam.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

HINTON  WV  25951

Phone Number:

Project Office: (304)466-1234
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