Island Creek Park

John H. Kerr Dam and Reservoir

Island Creek Park is located on John H. Kerr Reservoir, a 50,000-acre lake that extends 39 miles up the wooded, cove-studded shoreline of the Roanoke River in Virginia and North Carolina. Kerr Reservoir, also known as Buggs Island Lake, was created with the construction of the John H. Kerr Dam in 1952. Its 800 miles of wooded shoreline stretch across six counties and two states and offer countless recreation opportunities for visitors. 

Island Creek Park is also known as Island Creek Wounded Warrior Park. The Island Creek Wounded Warrior Park was established with the help of a partnership. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers partnered with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) of the United States and the American Legion. The Wounded Warrior Park includes a handicap accessible shelter and vault toilet as well as a handicap accessible, covered fishing dock with handicap accessible boat boarding gates. 

Visitors to Island Creek Park will enjoy the lakeside view. The handicap accessible loading/fishing dock provides shade as well as the picnic shelter. These facilites make the park ideal for families. 

Need to Know

Natural Features

Island Creek Park is fairly open and non-wooded park. It is located near Ivy Hill Park and Island Creek Dam. There are few trees for shade but pleanty of shade under the shelters and the handicap accessible loading/fishing dock. 

Nearby Attractions

Island Creek Park is an estimated 20 minutes from Clarksville, Virginia. Shopping, gas, and groceries are available. Clarksville Marina is about 30 minutes away by highway; approximately 45 minutes by water. Oxford, North Carolina is approximately 30 minutes away. 


Public lands around the lake are open to hunting with appropriate state licenses. Game species include whitetail deer, wild turkey, bobwhite quail, mourning dove, gray squirrel, cottontail rabbit, fox and raccoon. Resident waterfowl species include wood duck, black duck, mallard and Canadian geese. There are 26 Wildlife Management Areas around the lake that provide year-round opportunities for hiking, wildlife viewing, birding and more. The lake is widely known for fishing, with large-mouth bass, striped bass, crappie, flathead catfish, channel catfish and blue catfish available. Viriginia Dept of Wildlife Resources regulate hunting and fishing on Kerr Lake on the Virginia side (which is known as Buggs Island Lake) and North Carolina Dept of Wildlife Resources regulate hunting and fishing on Kerr Lake on the North Carolina side.

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Contact Information

Phone Number

For campground inquiries, please call: Office Phone number: (434) 738-6143

Rental Options

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Driving Directions

The physical address to the park is 419 Ivy Hill Road, Clarksville, Virginia 23927. The park is located approximately 22 miles north of Oxford and approximately 15 miles south of Clarksville.

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