Bicycles are permitted on main roads, trails, and campground areas. Contact a Ranger for the location of areas conducive to off-road bicycling. Under West Virginia law, all riders under the age of 14 years MUST wear a protective helmet.
Facilities for boat launching are available at the Guyandotte Point Recreation Area; there is a $3.00 boat launching fee which can be paid under the self honor vault system located at the launch ramp. Campers displaying their camping permit will have the fee waived. For more information please contact the project office at 304-664-3229.
Spread along a scenic six mile stretch of the Guyandotte River, the campground is divided into four segments, each with restrooms/showers, playgrounds, and nearby trailer dump stations. Both tent and trailer sites have electric hookups. A boat launch ramp is available for campers. All recreational facilities are universally accessible. Camping at R.D. Bailey Lake is restricted to developed camping areas only – there is no random camping. The use of vehicles off authorized roadways is also prohibited. The campgrounds are fee areas, with 94 sites. All sites have electrical hookup and have recently been upgraded to 50 amp service.
Fishing has been excellent for largemouth, smallmouth and striped bass; walleye, tiger muskie, channel catfish, crappie and panfish since the lake was formed in 1980. West Virginia fishing licenses are required. Easy-to-reach fishing spots are located at the Guyandotte Point Recreation Area, Big Branch Day Use Area, and Below Dam Fisherman's Access.
Foot trails (Hiking) are located at the Salt River, Ridge Top, and Justice Trails.
Horseback riding is permitted at the R.D. Bailey Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) for personal use only (commercial riding is prohibited). Horseback riding is only permitted on existing access roads to minimize environmental impact. Horses shall not be brought in camping, picnicking, swimming, or other recreation areas unless permitted by the Project Manager.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages 17,180 acres of the 19,000 acre project for Wildlife Management purposes providing opportunities for the hunting enthusiast to harvest small game such as squirrels, rabbits, grouse, and turkey. An abundant of oak, hickory, and beech make up the steep mountains and deep ravines offering a challenging hunt for any seasoned hunter. The WMA at R.D. Bailey is also nestled in part of Wyoming and Logan Counties which offers archery only hunting for white-tailed deer. These two counties along with the bordering counties of Mingo and McDowell give the opportunity to harvest older age deer. It's not uncommon for an archery hunting to harvest bucks sporting 140" racks. For more information contact Wildlife Manager, Travis Bowman at firstname.lastname@example.org for hunting regulations contact the WV DNR at www.wvdnr.gov
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Currently, R.D. Bailey Lake does not have a marina. However, the Guyandotte Point Recreation Area is open for boat launching, picniking, and shoreline fishing. The Recreation Area is open from mid April thru Mid October. When the area is closed boaters may use the winter launch ramp. This one lane ramp can be access through the Below Dam Recreation Area/Fisherman's Access.
If you are interested in inquiring about how to place a Marina at the lake contact the project office at 304-664-3229.
Picnic shelters are located at the Big Branch Day Use Area, Guyandotte Point Recreation Area, and the Visitor Center / Overlook. All shelters are available on a first come - first served basis EXCEPT WHEN RESERVED IN ADVANCE (a fee is required for reserving a shelter). Picnic shelters may be reserved by calling the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS) at 877-444-6777 (toll-free) or visit us on the web at http:// www.recreation.gov or click here for a direct link. Picnic tables are availabe at all recreation areas on the R.D. Bailey Lake project.
No developed swimming facilities currently exist.
The Visitor's Center is perched 365 feet above the lake providing a breathtaking view of the dam, lake and surrounding forest. Viewing telescopes are mounted on the observation deck. Visitor center exhibits show opportunities available at the lake and provide a better understanding of the project. Tours are available of the dam and intake structure.