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Plum Orchard Lake WMA

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Location

Plum Orchard Lake WMA is located in West Virginia

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37.96200003000001 N
81.20807699299058 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
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  • Boat-In
    Sites accessible by watercraft.

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  • WiFi
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  • Verizon
    Good
  • AT&T
    Good
  • T-Mobile
    Good

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)

Features

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  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

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4 Reviews

Patrick W.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2022

Long dirt road

Long, bumpy dirt road to reach the campsite—it could be fun in the right vehicle. Decent sites, heavily wooded. Ok vault toilets. Luckily we had an axe, we had to chop a tree that fell overnight blocking the road out of the campsite.

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Plum Orchard Lake WMA by Patrick W., July 1, 2022
  • Review photo of Plum Orchard Lake WMA by Patrick W., July 1, 2022
Jean C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2021

Remote campground for fishing

I was visiting New River Gorge National Park and saw this on the park map. I was looking to relocate, so decided to check it out; I couldn't find much information online at all. I didn't move here because it was too far out of the way for my purposes, but that may have been because I came from the direction of Fayetteville rather than Beckley. I think it's better suited for someone who lives in the area and is looking for an escape.

There are 2 campgrounds, though I only managed to locate 1. I didn't have cell phone coverage to locate a more detailed map, but there's one here: https://diyoutdoors.wvu.edu/files/d/5c5f7ff9-9c56-45bd-a3a0-1609fbc61088/plumorchardfinal11x17.jpg

I visited Beech Bottom camping area, which is close to the lake, but none are true lakefront sites. 16 of the sites are on a spur toward the lake after a several mile drive up and down gravel roads with numerous curves as it follows the contours of the lake; a 17th site is off the main road. There's a small brook on one side with sites sometimes straddling it (parking one side and tent/picnic table/fire ring the other). A few of the sites are quite large. It's self-service, pay your $10 nightly fee.

The water at the site is not potable, so plan accordingly. Latrines are provided.

Just past the campground spur is a boat launch area with a small dock. Many people were out fishing- but no one was camping on a beautiful weekday in late April.

The other camping area is at the rifle range...It's much closer to the dam, but I didn't know it was there, so didn't explore it.

Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of Plum Orchard Lake WMA by Jean C., April 29, 2021
  • Review photo of Plum Orchard Lake WMA by Jean C., April 29, 2021
  • Review photo of Plum Orchard Lake WMA by Jean C., April 29, 2021
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Zondra V.
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2021

Calm lake experience

Great place for kayaking on a beautiful lake nestled in the mountains of Fayette county

Elaine L.
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2018

Relaxing area

Plum Orchard Lake is a wildlife management area with rustic tent and camper sites. You do need to obtain a permit from the manager. This is a beautiful area with plenty of fishing and hiking areas within a 20 mile radius or so. The trees are a beautiful array of color - greens, reds and yellows. The lake is good for swimming but you’re welcome to bring your boat, kayak or canoe too. We took a couple day trips around too. We were able to see deer, raccoons and some nice looking birds.

Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Plum Orchard Lake WMA by Elaine L., September 7, 2018
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Frequently Asked Questions

Are fires allowed at Plum Orchard Lake WMA?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at Plum Orchard Lake WMA, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does Plum Orchard Lake WMA have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Plum Orchard Lake WMA does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Plum Orchard Lake WMA?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is good, AT&T is good, and T-Mobile is good.