Palmer Point Park

John H. Kerr Dam and Reservoir

Palmer Point 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.

Visitors to Palmer Point Park will enjoy the lakeside view. A swimming beach and picnic shelter make the campground ideal for families. There is a life jacket tree with different sized life jackets for your convience. 

Need to Know

Natural Features

Palmer Point Park is a fairly open area with a few trees for shade. There is plenty of opprotunity for fishing and lots of sandy beaches for swimming. 

Nearby Attractions

Palmer Point Park is located approximately 30 minutes from South Hill, Virginia. Shopping, gas, and groceries are available. 


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. Virginia 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: Visitors Center Phone Number: (434) 738-6143

Rental Options

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Driving Directions

The physical address for Palmer Point Park is 899 Palmer Point Road, Boydton, Virginia 23917. South Hill, Virginia is located approximately 20 miles north from Palmer Point. 

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