R.D. Bailey to Drawdown Early

Published Sept. 19, 2022

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Huntington District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announces that R.D. Bailey Lake will drawdown the lake to winter pool elevation earlier than normal this year.  This action will allow for a new waterline crossing between the Big Branch Day Use Area and Guyandotte Point Recreation Area to be completed during more favorable weather conditions and providing a larger access to the shoreline area.    

Normally, drawdown begins on Nov.1 and Winter Pool is reached on Dec. 1.  This year the drawdown to winter pool will begin on Oct. 15. The water level is expected to drop around 2 feet per day until winter pool is achieved around Nov. 1.

Water levels will drop quickly and expose shoreline and other potential hazards, please use caution.

The Summer Launch Ramp at Guyandotte Point is currently open and will remain open until the launch ramp becomes unusable due to low water levels.  Information about the Summer Ramp’s closure will be posted on the R.D. Bailey Lake Facebook page, or you may call the R.D. Bailey Lake Office.     

The Winter Launch Ramp will open Oct. 15 and remain open until further notice.

For more information, please contact the R.D. Bailey Lake Office at 304-664-3229 or the Public Affairs Office at 304-399-5353.

R.D. Bailey Lake Office
Public Affairs Office

Release no. 22-024