At Buggs Island Lake "The fish are not only big, they are abundant. " Ah the words every angler loves to hear!
Fishing mecca at Occoneechee State Park on Buggs Island Lake
Visit Occoneechee State Park for great fishing along the shoreline
Outdoor Editor Mark Taylor at Occoneechee State Park on the shores of Buggs Island Lake (also known as John H Kerr reservoir) in his article titled:
Virginia's state parks' 75 years of adventure: Where the fish are big and abundant.
Buggs Island Lake is the body of water that produced the 143-pound blue catfish pulled in this past June.
CLARKSVILLE — Occoneechee State Park is like most parks in the statewide system, with a variety of attractions and offerings for its visitors.
Guests can visit the park's visitor center to learn about the Native Americans who once lived in the area. The park takes its name from those natives. And a stroll on land that was once part of Occonneechee Plantation, complete with terrace gardens, helps visitors experience the park land as it was in the 19th century.
Providing 24-hour access Virginia’s largest lake, three boat ramps open the door to 48,000 acres of fishing, boating and aquatic recreation. Eighty eight campsites are available for tent and RV campers. Some sites are right on the shoreline, providing easy fishing and boating access. The park also has 13 cabins that allow guests to enjoy the comforts of home as well as beautiful views of the lake. An equestrian campground with 11 sites and 11 covered horse stalls offers easy access to the park’s trail system. Occoneechee also has picnic areas near the lake, a playground, boat rentals and a lakefront amphitheater.
Park size:2,698 acres. Buggs Island Lake (Kerr Reservoir), 48,000 acres. Panhandle Area is 1,900 acres.
Drive Time:Northern Virginia, three and a half hours; Richmond, two hours; Tidewater/Norfolk/Virginia Beach, three hours; Roanoke, two and half hours, and one and half hours from Raleigh NC.
Click herefor a Google map. Latitude, 36.626101. Longitude, -78.524101.
OVERNIGHT FACILITIES:There are 11 cabins, two lodges 48 campsites for tents and RVs, and 11 equestrian campsites. Water view sites by reservation only. There are no designated swimming areas at this park. Boat launch is free for campers. Most campsite areas are shaded. For information on availability of overnight accommodations, particular park amenities or to make a reservation, you canClick here for park fees.
Occoneechee State Park, 1192 Occoneechee Park Road, Clarksville, VA 23927-9449; phone, (434) 374-2210; email,occoneechee. Learn more about park offerings by calling1-800-933-PARKor emailresvs. Be sure to specify the park of interest.