Bluestone Wildlife Management Area
|Bluestone Wildlife Management Area|
|West Virginia Wildlife Management Area|
|Counties||Mercer, Monroe, Summers|
|Elevation||1,732 ft (527.9 m) |
|Area||18,019 acres (7,292.0 ha) |
|Management||West Virginia Division of Natural Resources|
|Owner||U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District|
|Nearest city||Hinton, West Virginia|
|Wikimedia Commons: Bluestone Wildlife Management Area|
Bluestone Wildlife Management Area (also known as Bluestone Lake Wildlife Management Area) is a wildlife management area (WMA) in southern West Virginia surrounding Bluestone Lake and the New River. The section of the lake from just upstream of the Bluestone River to Bluestone Dam is in Bluestone State Park; the rest of the lake in West Virginia basin comprises Bluestone WMA. Altogether, the WMA comprises 18,019 acres (72.92 km2) of land and water.
The wildlife management area is operated by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) to provide recreation opportunities to the public and to protect the natural resources of the land. The land is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and leased to WVDNR. The WVDNR Parks and Recreation Section operates the on-site office and camping facilities, while the WVDNR Wildlife Resources Section is responsible for game management including the maintenance of food plots.
With the exception of camping, there are no fees for using the Wildlife Management Area. Day-use recreational opportunities include:
- Fishing (with required state license), including stocked trout on Indian Creek
- Hunting (with required state license)
- Hiking with 22 miles (35 km) of trails
- Horseback riding
- Rock climbing
- Bertha – 55 lakefront sites
- Bull Falls – 15 lakefront sites
- Cedar Branch – 45 riverside sites
- Indian Mills – 15 sites
- Keatley – 15 sites
- Mouth of Indian Creek – 94 riverside sites
- Shanklin's Ferry – 91 riverside sites
Sherman Ballard Recreation Area
The Sherman Ballard Recreation Area has a cabin and barn which offers rustic accommodations. The cabin is an open air construction offering five bunk beds sets, a full kitchen, full enclosed bathroom, and covered porch.
The barn is the only one in the West Virginia State Parks system allowing users to bring their own horses rather than renting horses from a concessionaire. At one time, WVDNR biologists tried to ban horses from the WMA but were rebutted by a public outcry.
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- Bluestone Wildlife Management Area, 2009 Annual Report. West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. p. 2.
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- Bluestone Wildlife Management Area (PDF) (Map). West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. January 29, 2007. Retrieved March 27, 2010.
- "Bluestone Wildlife Management Area: Recreation". West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Retrieved March 27, 2010.
- "Bluestone Wildlife Management Area: Camping". West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Retrieved March 27, 2010.