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part ofSutton Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Middle Gerald Freeman Campground
Status: Open through Tue Dec 01 2015   Season Dates


Gerald Freeman Camp is nestled in the headwaters of Sutton Lake in central West Virginia, 70 miles north of Charleston.

The area provides a wide variety of recreational activities, including boating, swimming, fishing and hiking.

Natural Features:

Sutton Lake covers 1440 acres as it winds 14 miles up the Elk River. Many quiet coves can be found along its 40 miles of shoreline.

The lake is surrounded by rolling hills wooded with mixed stands of oak, hickory, poplar and cherry trees.

Wildlife, including deer, turkeys, squirrels, ruffed grouse, Canada geese and other waterfowl, is abundant in the area.


Anglers find plentiful bass, crappie, catfish and sunfish in the lake. Below the dam, the Elk River is well-known for its muskie and walleye fishing, and trout are stocked in the Down Stream area.

Fire roads and hunting trails in the surrounding lands provide great hiking and biking opportunities around Sutton Lake and at the nearby Elk River Wildlife Management Area.

A variety of campground activities is scheduled throughout the summer for children of all ages.


This large campground offers 159 campsites, 78 of which have electric hookups. Amenities include flush toilets, showers, drinking water and a dump station. Boat ramps and a marina with a snack bar are located on-site. Younger visitors love the campground's playgrounds and basketball courts.

Nearby Attractions:

The Elk River Wildlife Management Area contains nearly 18,000 acres of public hunting lands. The terrain is diverse and divided into the Elk River and Holly River sections. The Elk River section consists primarily of steep hills, ridges and benches, while the Holly River section is on the north side of the lake and consists of forested hills and open farmlands.

Additional camping facilities are available on a first come, first served basis at Bakers Run Campground and Bee Run Primitive Campground.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Basketball Courts
  • Biking
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Hunting
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Marina
  • Parking Area
  • Pay Phone
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Trash Collection
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • First come, first served sites are available during the summer
  • All sites are available on a first come, first served basis in the during non-peak season in the spring and fall
  • Alcohol is prohibited at Sutton Lake
  • Off-road vehicles not permitted
  • A fee of $3 will be charged for visitors; visiting hours are from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • 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):
38.68, -80.54694
38°40'48"N, 80°32'49"W

From I-79, take exit 67. Turn right on SR-4 and go 1 mile. Turn left on SR-15 and travel 12 miles to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

PO BOX 426
SUTTON  WV  26601-0426

Phone Number:

Information:  (304)765-7756
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