SWVA FISHING LAKES
Bark Camp Lake (#17)
36.86764, -82.52157 FR993, Coeburn
National Forest Waters – Trout Heritage Waters
Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Catfish, Trout, Sunfish
61-acre lake completely surrounded by forested land. Clear water and fairly dense stands of aquatic vegetation. Boat ramp/Dock (no gas motors) with handicap access. For detailed information, https://dwr.virginia.gov/waterbody/bark-camp-lake
Bark Camp is located between Dungannon and Tacoma in northern Scott County. Take Alternate 58 to Tacoma, then Route 706 to Route 822; then U.S. Forest Development Road 993 to the lake/parking lot.
Big Cherry Lake / Reservoir (#12)
36.844134, -82.668171 Big Cherry Road, Big Stone Gap
Largemouth Bass, Trout, Muskie
250-acre lake resting amid the magnificently forested Powell Mountain basin, with elevations varying from 3000 feet downstream of Big Cherry Dam to 4223 feet at its head on High Knob. The lake is accessible by four-wheel drive vehicles only due to the gravel roads and inclines.
Big Cherry Lake is located between High Knob and Big Stone Gap in Wise County.
Falls Mills Lake (#24)
37.272060 -81.322876, Bluefield
Bluegill, Carp, Catfish, Crappie, Brown Trout, Small & Largemouth Bass
Falls Mills Lake is a reservoir about 3.1 miles from Bluefield near Falls Mills, VA. Falls Mills Dam is owned and operated by Falls Mills Fishing Club. It is a pay to play lake, with no fishing license required. It’s a favorite with two boat launches, regular stockings of trout and a healthy population of small and largemouth bass. It is located on Route 643 in Falls Mills and worth a visit. Stop at the Fishing Club Office to pay before fishing.Fishermen will find a variety of fish in these waters . Whether you’re baitcasting, spinning or fly fishing, you’ll find your catch of choice. Click here for more information about the Club.
John W. Flannagan Reservoir (#18)
37.215690, -82.370397 Rt 755/Marina Cove, Clintwood/Haysi
KY Spotted, Hybrid Striped, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Catfish, Cappie, Walleye, Yellow Perch
This 1,143-acre impoundment has fifty miles of shoreline including hardwood forest and rock bluffs. Expect incredibly clear water with visibility exceeding 20 ft. at times. Several launch, picnic and camping points surround the waterway. For a map, click here. Full marina with parking lot, launch and docks located at Marina Cove. For detailed information, visit https://dwr.virginia.gov/waterbody/flannagan-reservoir
From Haysi to Marina Cove, take VA-63 N/Big Ridge Rd and State Rt. 614 to State Rt. 755 in Willis (6.3 mi). Continue on State Rt. 755 to Marina Cove (0.5 mi).
Hidden Valley Lake (#20)
36.846604, -82.079757, Abingdon
Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Redbreast Sunfish, Black Crappie, Catfish (stocked), Northern Pike (stocked)
This 61-acre Department-owned impoundment is in the Hidden Valley Wildlife Management Area in Washington County. Hidden Valley Lake is located in the mountains at about 3,500 feet of elevation. The south side of the lake is almost completely forested, and the north side is a mixture of woods and open lands. These open lands provide good bank access for anglers.
From US-19 N/U58A W, in Abingdon, turn right onto Hidden Valley Road/R690 to the Lake.
High Knob Lake (#15)
36.88804, -82.61383 FR233, Norton
4-acre cold water lake with a 300 ft. sand swimming beach. Lake is surrounded by a lakeshore trail. The lake is located at the headwaters of the Mountain Fork drainage in the High Knob Recreation Area.
From Norton, take Park Ave. NW, Turn left onto 11th St. SW 0.2 mi, Turn right onto 12th St. SW 1.1 mi, 12th St. SW turns slightly left and becomes State Rt. 619 2.9 mi, Continue on Forest Rd. 238 2.0 mi, Turn left onto Forest Rd. 238 1.4 mi, Turn right onto Forest Rd. 233 0.5 mi.
Keokee Lake (#11)
36.845371, -82.866829 Rt 876, Keokee
Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Redear Sunfish, Bluegill
Located just west of the Town of Appalachia and just 5.3 miles from Big Stone Gap, this 92-acre waterway is surrounded by National Forest lands. Though navigation routes on the lake have been cleared, flooded standing timber is the dominant habitat so boaters should use caution. Channel catfish are stocked each fall and an 18-inch minimum, 2 fish/day daily limit was implemented in 2016. Handicap accessible parking and restrooms are on site as well as boat ramps and paddle access.
From Keokee, head northwest on SR 606 toward Emmit Barker Drive, right on SR 623, left on SR 876 for .9 mi to the boat ramp/parking area.
Lake Jack Witten (#23)
Trout Heritage Waters
37.16931. -81.51879 Rt 645/Lake Witten Road, Tazewell
Large and Smallmouth Bass, Redbreast Sunfish, Crappie, Trout, Bluegill
52-acre lake owned by Tazewell County with handicap accessible parking, picnic area, restrooms, boat launch and paddle access. Camping available. Lake Witten is included in the state’s put-and-take trout stocking program.
Access to the lake is via Route 16 north out of Tazewell to Route 645/Lake Witten Road, then to the lake.
Laurel Bed Lake (#21)
36.953814, -81.812567 Laurel Bed Lake Road, Lebanon
Smallmouth & Rock Bass, Brook & Rainbow Trout, Sunfish
Laurel Bed is a 330-acre manmade lake located in the Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area with a maximum depth of about 40 ft. At an elevation of 3,600 ft., a mixed hardwood forest surrounds the lake. Smallmouth Bass are protected by catch-and-release regulations. 2 boat ramps are available.
From Lebanon, head northwest on US19 S, turn left onto VA 80 E 9.8 mi, turn left onto Poor Valley Road 4.4 mi, turn left onto SR 747/Tumbling Creek Road 4.4 mi, Turn left onto
Laurel Lake (#19)
37.2858170047, -82.2945729923 Breaks Interstate Park
Largemouth Bass, Flathead & Channel Ca