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
If you have reserved the shelter and it is already occupied the day of your reservation, please call the office phone number at (434) 738-6143 to speak to a ranger.
Off-road vehicles and golf carts are not permitted.
Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the park.
Shelter does not have electricity.
Dogs are allowed but must stay on a maximum 6-foot leash.
Camping is not permitted in this park.
Hunting is not permitted in this park.
Vehicles should remain on paved roads only.
This location may be subject to weather related flooding; please call the office at (434) 738-6143 prior to your arrival to verify.
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.
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.
Changes & Cancellations
- Changes & Cancellations: Changing Reservations:
- There is no change fee if a visitor extends or shortens a reservation, as long as the change includes dates from the original reservation. Additionally, there is no change fee if the visitor wants to switch sites that are the same price with the same reservation dates in the same facility.
- If a visitor wants to switch dates that are entirely outside of the original reservation dates, there is a $10 change fee.
- If a reservation is made that includes dates beyond the maximum booking window, that reservation cannot be changed until 18 days have passed from the original booking date.
- Once a reservation date has begun, visitors cannot change a reservation using the online system or through the Call Center. Onsite staff will assist with changes or cancellations.
- Visitors may cancel their reservation prior to arrival both on-line and through the call center. A $10 service fee will be withheld from any refund for a cancellation.
- A visitor who cancels a reservation the day before or on the day of arrival will pay a $10.00 service fee AND forfeit the first night's approved rate including tax and applicable add-on. Cancellations for a one-night reservation will forfeit the entire amount paid and will not be subject to an additional service fee.
- Visitors who cancel a group overnight facility reservation less than 14 days prior to arrival date will pay a $10 service fee AND forfeit the first night’s rate.
- A no-show visitor is one who does not arrive at a campground and does not cancel the reservation by check-out time on the day after the scheduled arrival date. Staff will hold a campsite until check-out time on the day following the arrival date.
- No-shows are assessed $20.00 service fee and forfeit the first night's rate, taxes and applicable add-on for a campsite.
- Early Departures:
- Visitors are requested to notify staff at the facility if they depart early to allow others to use the site.
- If the visitor chooses to depart early, they may forfeit the approved rate and applicable tax and applicable add-on for the day of departure. If a visitor departs prior to the scheduled check-out date, they may be eligible for a partial refund. Visitors may notify the Recreation.gov call center to request a refund of remaining unused nights. If a visitor requests a refund for an early departure after the facility check-out time (3 pm) has passed, the visitor will not be refunded for that night and is eligible for a refund on any additional nights that will not be used.
- Visitors may submit a refund request through their Recreation.gov profile within 7 days of the end date of their reservation. Visitors may also initiate a refund request through the call center at any time after their reservation has ended.
- Refunds for debit or credit card payments will be issued as a credit to the original bank or credit card used to pay.
- For check or cash purchases, Recreation.gov will mail a Treasury check for refunds of cash, check, or money order payments to the address associated with the reservation. Treasury check refunds may take up to 6-8 weeks to arrive.
- In the event of an emergency closure, the Recreation.gov team or facility manager will refund all fees and will attempt to notify you using the contact information within the Recreation.gov visitor profile.
For campground inquiries, please call: Office Phone number: (434) 738-6143
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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.