Claytor Lake State Park

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Claytor Lake State Park
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Location Pulaski County, Virginia, USA
Coordinates 37°3′32″N 80°37′42″W / 37.05889°N 80.62833°W / 37.05889; -80.62833Coordinates: 37°3′32″N 80°37′42″W / 37.05889°N 80.62833°W / 37.05889; -80.62833
Area 472 acres (1.91 km²)
Governing body Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

Claytor Lake State Park in Pulaski County, Virginia is located on Claytor Lake, a 4,500 acre (18 km²), 21 mile (34 km) long artificial lake on the New River created for a hydroelectric project (Claytor Dam) of the Appalachian Power Company. It is named for W. Graham Claytor (1886-1971) of Roanoke, Virginia, a vice president of Appalachian Power who had supervised construction of the dam and creation of the lake.

Claytor Lake State Park has hiking trails, a freshwater swimming beach, boating and fishing opportunities, a full-service marina, visitor center, concession, lakeside cabins, camping with full hookups, interpretive programs and six rental shelters accommodating large groups.

The Haven B. Howe House is used as a Nature Exhibit Center that focuses on the lake’s wildlife habitat.[1] It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.[2]


  1. ^ Marc C. Wagner and Jean O. McRae (April 2005). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Haven B. Howe House". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. 
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 

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