Kerr Lake / Buggs Island, Buffalo Junction, Mecklenburg County, Virginia
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Kerr Lake / Buggs Island
Virginia’s Kerr Lake is the largest in the state of Virginia, and should be kept in mind if you’re considering lake homes for rent. Kerr Lake is so large, in fact, that it spans into both Virginia and North Carolina, and sits on the majestic Roanoke River. Its impressive size, inspiring scenery, and bounty of recreation opportunities invite everyone to see for themselves what makes Kerr Lake so special. Once you see it, you won’t want to leave it!
Kerr Lake (or Bugg’s Island Lake) rests in Charlotte and Halifax counties, in Virginia. Since the lake was constructed in 1952, it has served as a recreation haven for locals and visitors alike. Besides being the largest reservoir in the state, Kerr Lake is also the only one in Virginia to house naturally-reproducing populations of striped bass. This is great news for anglers, who converge on the lake’s waters for its top-notch fishing. Largemouth bass hunting is always popular, as is the crappie hunting; the lake’s crappie fishery is second-to-none in the Southeast. On any given day, you’re also likely to catch catfish and white perch. Keep to the southern part of the lake if you’re hunting for striped bass in the summertime; and if your heart is set on catching crappie, spring is the best season to cast your rod. Really, though, you’re bound to catch something rewarding any time of year!
With 800 miles of shoreline to explore and 48,900 acres of crystal clear water surface to play on, you certainly won’t run out of room on Kerr Lake. Lake homes for rent are spaced around the lake, and they enjoy access to the many recreation facilities and services positioned around the water’s edge. Since you’ll find everything from sailboats to pontoon boats to Jet Skis dotting the lake’s horizon on any given day, it’s really convenient that public docks, marinas, and boat launches abound! Clarksville Marina sells everything from boat bling to fuel, and the Town Dock features 20 complimentary slips for day use. Similarly, several public beaches offer irresistible plots of sand on which to sprawl out and settle in.
There’s no shortage of things to see and do off the water as well. A number of lakefront properties dot the landscape along with well-maintained campgrounds that hug the shoreline, providing ample opportunities for picnics, games, and spectacular stargazing! Look to the skies when the sun is up and you might even spot a Bald Eagle. Another great way to spend the day outdoors is on a local golf course. One particularly prized course is Kinderton Golf and Country Club. Kinderton is situated right alongside the lake, in Clarksville, and it indulges golfers with year-round access to their favorite sport. If you’d like to live on a Kerr Lake golf course, visit GolfHomes.com for property listings and details.
Spend some time on Kerr Lake to understand why so many choose to never leave!
At Kerr Lake, you can enjoy sailing, fishing, water skiing and camping. This 50,000-acre, man-made lake is a haven for water sports enthusiasts and landlubbers alike. The lake is situated in the northeast corner of the Piedmont region and covers both Virginia and North Carolina. The recreation area's headquarters are located north of Henderson at Satterwhite Point. More than 800 miles of wooded shoreline provide access to a variety of fun-filled activities on the lake.
Are they permitted? Yes
Can you swim in the lake? Yes
What is the water quality?
Are they permitted? Yes
Are they permitted? Yes
Boydton, Richmond, Raleigh
One of the best fishing lakes in the eastern United States, Kerr Lake features striped bass, largemouth bass, white perch and crappie. Fish from a boat or fish from the piers at Bullocksville and Henderson Point. The pier at Henderson Point is open 24 hours per day.
The fishing is rated as one of the best on the East Coast for Stripers, Catfish, Crappie, Bream and of course Bass. All the major professional tournament trail organizations, like B.A.S.S. and Operation Bass - Red Man / Everstart / FLW, make this lake a regular stop on their circuit.
Enjoy boating throughout the year. Each recreation area has one or more concrete boat-launching ramps. County Line, Henderson Point, Hibernia and Nutbush recreation areas provide 24-hour access to the water.
Two commercial marinas, Steele Creek Marina and Satterwhite Point Marina, are open year round and offer mooring, slips, service and supplies. Distances and shorelines may be deceiving to the navigator who is unfamiliar with the lake. The Uniform Waterway Marker System has been installed for your safety. Obey all buoys and markers.
Sailing: Prevailing winds offer ideal conditions for sailing enthusiasts. County Line, Henderson Point and Kimball Point have expansive bodies of water particularly well-suited for sailing. Sudden wind changes and large waves are not unusual, so cautious seamanship is advised.
Family Camping: Kerr Lake offers hundreds of wooded tent and trailer campsites, many of them on the water's edge. Both electric hookup and non-electrical sites are offered. Many of the electrical sites have hookups for water directly on the site, but some require up to 100 feet of hose to reach the water hookup.
The majority of the campsites have a picnic table, fire pit/ring or grill, and tent pad. Playgrounds, public telephones, hot showers, restrooms and dump stations are nearby. Campsites are available on a first-come basis for a fee. Reservations may be made for a stay of a week or longer at least one week in advance. The maximum stay in the park is two weeks.
Bullocksville offers 69 tent/trailer campsites, 30 with water and electric hookups. The campground is open the week before Easter through Labor Day. A softball field is located nearby.
County Line offers 84 campsites, 41 with electric hookups. Sites are available for RV and tent/trailer camping. Henderson Point has 79 campsites, 45 with electric hookups. Both campgrounds are open the week before Easter through Labor Day.
Hibernia offers both RV and tent/trailer camping. Out of 150 campsites, 50 sites have electric hookups. The campground is open the week before Easter through the end of October. Also open during this time is Kimball Point with 91 tent/trailer campsites, 23 sites with electric hookups available to RVs.
Nutbush and Satterwhite Point campsites are open year round. Nutbush has 103 campsites, 60 with hookups for RVs. Satterwhite Point has 119 sites, 60 with electric hookups for RVs.
Reservations for campsites are accepted beginning the first working day in January for a minimum of seven nights and no longer than 14 nights. The reservation must be made at least one week in advance, and advance payment must cover the full amount of the reservation. Reservations can be made in person at the park office or can be mailed to the park office with payment. Cancellation of the reservation must be in writing, and a cancellation fee equal to a one-night campsite fee will be deducted from the refund.
Group Camping: Hibernia, Henderson Point and Satterwhite Point have areas set aside for camping clubs and groups. Group campsites provide privacy, drinking water and restrooms. To reserve a campsite, please contact the park office. The Hibernia and Satterwhite Point group sites are open the week before Easter and can be used through the end of October. Group campsites are by reservation only. Reservations may be made for one night and may not exceed 14 nights. These reservations must be made one week in advance and include full payment for the site.
Local Area Businesses
Boydton, Virginia, the county seat of Mecklenburg County, is located, approximately, in the center of the county on U.S. Highway 58. Norfolk is 140 miles to the east, Richmond is 95 miles northeast, Danville is 60 miles west, and Raleigh, North Carolina, is 80 miles south.
Boydton is the county seat of Mecklenburg County government. The last Saturday in October is known as Boydton Day. The fall festival became known when U.S. News and World Report (Nov. 21, 1977) called it, "The Little Town that Refuses to Die." Boydton is located in the heart of Mecklenburg County, Virginia, and is two miles from Kerr Lake and Dam which is locally known as Buggs Island Lake, a home to the world-famous bass fishermen tournaments and to the camping, swimming, skiing, hiking, and boating enthusiasts.
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