Claytor Lake State Park

6620 Ben H. Bolen Dr., Dublin, VA 24084; Phone: 540-643-2500; Email: ClaytorLake@dcr.virginia.gov

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Latitude, 37.057372. Longitude, -80.627394.

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General Information

Ideal for swimming, camping, hiking and picnicking, Claytor Lake is known for sport fishing and boating. The park has a full-service marina with docking slips, supplies, fuel, boat rentals and refreshments. The Water's Edge Meeting Facility is perfect for weddings, receptions and reunions, and wedding packages are available. There's also a gift shop. Three lodges and 13 cabins overlook the 4,500-acre lake, offering visitors a scenic retreat. The historic Howe House has interactive exhibits describing the ecology of the lake and the surrounding areas.

Hours

6 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Location

From I-81, take Exit 101 (Claytor Lake) to State Park Road (State Route 660). State Park Road ends at the park's entrance.

Its address is 6620 Ben H. Bolen Drive, Dublin, VA 24084; Latitude, 37.057372. Longitude, -80.627394.

Drive Time: Northern Virginia, 5 hours; Richmond, 4 hours; Tidewater/Norfolk/Virginia Beach, 5 hours; Roanoke, 1 hour

Park Size

472 acres. Lake size, 4,500 acres; 21 miles long. The park has approximately three miles of lake frontage.

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Cabins, camping

OVERNIGHT FACILITIES

Cabins, lodges and camping. For information on availability of overnight accommodations, particular park amenities or to make a reservation, you can reserve online or call 800-933-PARK (7275). Click here for park fees. Cabin check-in is 4 p.m., check-out is 10 a.m.

Click here to visit a Flickr photoset of typical cabins and lodges at the park. Cabins and lodges vary; any given dwelling may not match what's shown in the photos.

Click here for details on reservation cancellation and transfer policies. A fee is charged per pet per night for cabin stays.

Note: Because mooring space is limited, boats that can't be tied to the dock must be removed from the water. No more than two boats per lodge are allowed to be moored at the dock from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Cabins

Typical 2-bedroom cabin at Claytor Lake.Cabins 1-12: Two-bedroom, one bathroom, waterview; cabins 1, 6 and 7 are universally accessible.

  • Maximum occupancy: six
  • Weekly rentals for cabins 1-6 start on Saturday and cabins 7-12 start on Sunday between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
  • Cabin check-in is 4 p.m., check-out is 10 a.m.
  • Cabins have rustic furniture and are climate controlled (heat and air conditioning). You may want to bring food, coffee filters, coffee, salt and pepper, nonstick cooking spray, board games or cards, extra bath towels, washcloths and dish towels. The cabins have no dishwasher, phone, TV, washer or dryer.
  • Cell phone service is available in most of the park.
  • Kitchen: refrigerator, stove, drip coffeemaker, dishes, dish cloth, dishwashing liquid, dish towel, silverware, cooking utensils, pots, pans, oven mitt, pot holder, microwave oven and toaster.
  • Living area: loveseat, chairs and dining table.
  • Bedrooms: nightstands, clock radios, sheets, bedspread, pillows, pillowcases and blankets. Cabins are set up to sleep four, but up to six are allowed.
    • One bedroom has a full size bed.
    • Second bedroom has two twin size beds.
  • One towel and one washcloth per person are provided for six..
  • Cabins have a fireplace. The park provides one bundle of complimentary firewood. Extra firewood is available for a nominal fee. Please do not bring your own as it may have insects that could harm the park's trees.
  • Screened-in porch with rocking chairs.
  • Patio with benches.
  • Picnic table and a charcoal pedestal grill in the yard beside the cabin.
  • Late arrivals: During mid and off season, those arriving after 4 p.m. will find cabin access information in the "late arrival box" by the cabin door.
  • Two vehicles per cabin. All others are charged the parking fee.
  • Cabin guests use boat launch free. There are three small boat docks located in the cabin area (between cabins 1 and 2, behind cabin 4 and behind cabin 10) for cabin guests to use free of charge. They are first-come, first-served. Overnight boat slips are available at the park marina for a fee.
  • Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. through 6 a.m. Only overnight guests are allowed in the park after 10 p.m. Visitors are charged the daily parking and swimming fees; visitors must park in area designated by the park.
  • No smoking.
  • Recycle bins for aluminum and plastic bottles are at the entrance to the cabin area and other areas of the park.

Cabin 13: Three-bedroom, two-bathroom, wood-framed cabin with waterview; universally accessible with ADA-compliant fishing access.

  • Maximum occupancy: eight
  • Weekly rental starts on Friday between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
  • Cabin check-in is 4 p.m., check-out is 10 a.m.
  • The kitchen, dining area, living room, one bedroom and one bathroom are universally accessible.
  • Cabins have rustic furniture and have heat and air conditioning. Bring food, coffee filters, coffee, salt and pepper, nonstick cooking spray, board games or cards, extra bath towels, washcloths and dish towels. The cabin has no dishwasher, phone, TV, washer or dryer.
  • Cell phone service is available in most of the park.
  • Kitchen: refrigerator, stove, drip coffeemaker, dishes, dish cloth, dishwashing liquid, dish towel, silverware, cooking utensils, pots, pans, oven mitt, pot holder, microwave oven and toaster.
  • Living area: sofa, chairs and dining table.
  • Bedrooms: nightstand, clock radio, sheet, bedspread, pillows, pillowcases and blankets.
    • One bedroom has a queen size bed.
    • One bedroom has two twin size beds.
    • One bedroom has two sets of bunk beds (this room sleeps four people).
  • One towel and one washcloth per person are provided for eight people.
  • Cabin has a fireplace. The park provides one bundle of complimentary firewood. Extra firewood is available for a nominal fee. Please do not bring your own as it may have insects that could harm the park's trees.
  • No smoking.
  • Wrap-around deck; open porch with rocking chairs.
  • ADA-compliant picnic table and a charcoal pedestal grill in the yard beside the cabin.
  • Late arrivals: During mid and off season, those arriving after 4 p.m. will find cabin access information in the "late arrival box" by the cabin door.
  • Three vehicles per cabin. Cabin 13 has six parking spots and one for a boat trailer, but only three vehicles can be parked for free. Parking fees apply to additional vehicles. Additional parking is very limited and may be unavailable near the cabin.
  • Cabin guests use the boat launch free.
  • There is a first-come, first-served boat dock nearby, across from cabin 15. There's no cost for cabin guests. Overnight slips are available at the marina for a fee.
  • Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. through 6 a.m. Only overnight guests are allowed in the park after 10 p.m. Visitors are charged the daily parking and swimming fees; visitors must park in area designated by the park.
  • Recycling bins for aluminum and plastic bottles are in the cabin and lodge area and throughout the park.

Lodges: Lodges 14, 15 and 16: Six-bedroom, three-bathroom, waterview; universally accessible.

  • Maximum occupancy: 16
  • Weekly rental for cabins 14 and 15 start on Friday and on Sunday for cabin 16 between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
  • Cabin check-in is 4 p.m., check-out is 10 a.m.
  • universally accessible: kitchen, dining area, living room, one bedroom and one bath.
  • Lodges have rustic furniture and have heat and air conditioning. Bring food, coffee filters, coffee, salt and pepper, nonstick cooking spray, board games or cards, extra bath towels, washcloths and dish towels. The lodges have a washer and dryer but no phone or TV.
  • Cell phone service is available in most of the park.
  • Kitchen: refrigerator, stove, drip coffeemaker, dishes, dish cloth, dishwashing liquid, dish towel, silverware, cooking utensils, pots, pans, oven mitt, pot holder, microwave oven and toaster.
  • Living area: sofa, chairs and dining table. There is a fireplace with gas logs.
  • No smoking.
  • Bedrooms: nightstand, clock radio, sheets, bedspread, pillows, pillowcases and blankets. No extra bed rentals. One bedroom and one bathroom is universally accessible
    • Two bedrooms have queen sized beds.
    • Two bedrooms have two twin size beds.
    • Two bedrooms have two sets of bunk beds (each room sleeps four people).
  • One towel and one washcloth per person are provided for 16 people.
  • One open porch on front and second open porch on back of lodge with rocking chairs.
  • Picnic table and a gas grill provided.
  • Late arrivals: During mid and off season, those arriving after 4 p.m. will find cabin access information in the "late arrival box" by the cabin door.
  • Camping is not allowed in the cabin and lodge area.
  • Maximum six cars and one additional boat trailer parking space per lodge. Parking fees apply to additional vehicles. Additional parking is very limited and may be unavailable near the lodge.
  • There is a first-come, first-served boat dock nearby, across from cabin 15. There's no cost for cabin guests. Overnight slips are available at the marina for a fee.
  • Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. through 6 a.m. Only overnight guests are allowed in the park after 10 p.m. Visitors are charged the daily parking and swimming fees; visitors must park in area designated by the park.
  • Recycle bins for aluminum and plastic bottles are in the vicinity of cabin 1 and in other areas of the park.

Total sites of each type: 2-bedroom cinderblock waterview, 12. 3-bedroom wood-frame waterview, 1. 6-bedroom wood-frame lodge, 3.

Site types:

2-bedroom cinderblock waterview – two bedrooms, one bathroom, typically sleeps up to four (one full size bed, two twin size beds). Maximum occupancy is six.

3-bedroom wood-frame waterview - three bedrooms, two bathrooms, sleeps up to eight, one queen bed, two twin beds in second bedroom, two sets of bunk beds (room sleeps four) in third bedroom.

6-bedroom wood-frame lodge – six bedrooms, three bathrooms, sleeps up to 16, universally accessible, two queen size beds in two bedrooms, two single beds in two bedrooms, two sets of bunk beds each in two bedrooms (sleeps four in each room); no bed rentals

Camping

  • Vehicles: At campsites, two vehicles per site in addition to camping unit. All others are charged the standard parking fee. Camping guests may use the boat launch for up to two boats at no additional charge.
  • Campsites have recently been renovated for guest comfort and park resource protection. All equipment and vehicles must be kept within the site bordered by 6 x 6 inch timbers. Additional vehicles must be parked in the lot adjacent to the campground contact station or in the Campground D parking lot.
  • Visitors to overnight guests must leave the park by 10 p.m. and are charged the normal parking fee.
  • Each campsite has a fire ring type with a metal grill. All rest on the ground and can be used for campfires.
  • Firewood is available for a small fee. Please do not bring your own as it may have insects that could harm the park's trees.
  • Electric-water sites accept 20 and 30 amp current.
  • Campground D: Accommodates large RV units (up to 35 feet) as indicated on site chart. Water and electric hookups (REWA) except in March and November when there is electricity but no water. Also, in April and late October, availability of water depends on the weather. There are no sewer hook-ups, but there is a dump station. The area is sparsely wooded and mostly flat. Most large RV sites are pull-through. Restroom is universally accessible. Sites D-27 and D-35 are near the bathhouse and have been improved to accommodate disabled guests.
  • Campgrounds A, B and C: Will accommodate a mix of equipment; however, mostly tents and small trailers up to 20 feet long. No hookups for electric and water. Campgrounds are mostly wooded. Terrain varies from level to hilly.

Total sites of each type: STD, 70; E/W, 40

Site type:

  • STD - Various equipment up to 20 feet; campgrounds A, B, & C. No hookups.
  • E/W - Various equipment up to 35 feet. Cold weather may affect the availability of water - see above.

Total campsites: 110

Group campsite - Standard tent site; no hookups, tents only. Maximum of 35 people, 10 tents and 10 vehicles. Two grills, six picnic tables, no lantern hangers.

  • No water or electricity.
  • Rented only to groups.
  • In Campground D, which has a bathhouse with running water and hot showers.

Camping Lodge: The park has one camping lodge (bunkhouse) for rent. It's in Campground A. The camping lodge has a covered front porch and a small deck behind it. Two-night minimum stay; no weekly requirement.

The transfer deadline and cancellation and pet fees are the same as those for cabins.

  • Maximum occupancy: 14
  • Available only during camping season for campground A (the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day).
  • It is not sold 11 months in advance; it goes online in January each year.
  • Check-in is 4 p.m., check-out is 10 a.m.
  • The camping lodge is a two-room, climate-controlled trailer. There are seven sets of bunk beds as well as a refrigerator, microwave and coffee pot.
  • Linens are not provided. Guests must bring their own linens and pillows.
  • Guests are responsible for any damage.
  • No bathroom, kitchen or fireplace.
  • No cooking or smoking permitted in the camping lodge.
  • Firewood is available for a small fee. Please do not bring your own as it may have insects that could harm the park's trees.
  • Five vehicles are permitted with the rental of the camping lodge. All others are charged the standard parking fee. Parking is available at the camping lodge for four vehicles only; the fifth vehicle must park in the campground overflow parking lot.
  • Electrical outlets are available but limited to 50-amp service.
  • There are two picnic tables and a charcoal grill outside.

Recreation

TRAILS

About 4 miles of easy-rating hike or bike trails are open year-round. Plant life is predominantly representative of a mature oak-hickory-poplar forest. Extensive reforestation is ongoing. White-tailed deer, raccoons, squirrels and other species are common.

Va. Outdoors sign

Visit the Explore Virginia Outdoors website for enhanced maps and video tours of Claytor Lake's trails.

SWIMMING

The swimming area has a diving tower, snack bar and gift shop. Swimming is free to overnight guests, but cannot be guaranteed should circumstances beyond the park’s control - e.g., inclement weather or lack of lifeguard - require that swimming be halted. The park gives no refunds for swimming to overnight guests under any circumstances. Free wi-fi is available in the immediate vicinity of the beach bathhouse. Click here for park fees. From the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, operating hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends. A possible shortage of lifeguards prior to mid-June and after mid-August may force closure of the swimming area. Call the park for details.

FISHING, BOATING

Motorboats permitted. Bass, catfish, muskie, walleye and striped bass are among the popular sport fish found in the lake. A valid Virginia freshwater-fishing license is required. Licenses may be purchased at the Water's Edge gift shop when it's open or at the park office during off-season. See concessions below for details on boat slip rental.

The park and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries recently installed various fish attractors to improve fishing for both shoreline and boating anglers. Click here for a map showing locations. Click here for a Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries biologist's report.

The park offers boat slip rental, a launch ramp (no charge to overnight guests), gasoline sales, fishing supplies and licenses, and a gift shop. Long-term boat slips are available by calling the park at 540-643-2500. Overnight dock rentals are available by calling 800-933-7275, Monday through Friday. Boats longer than 24 feet cannot be accommodated. Check-in is 3 p.m., check out is 2 p.m. There's a 14-night maximum stay limit.

Claytor Lake Water Sports, with a variety of pontoons, motorboats, paddleboards, canoes and kayaks,  can handle all your boat rental needs. They also rent bicycles for all ages and sizes. Call 540-731-8683 or visit www.claytorlakewatersports.com for details or to make reservations.

Each year in November, the lake is drawn down about 3 feet for maintenance. During this period, usually two weeks, it may be impossible to launch boats from the Claytor Lake boat launch, and fishing from the shore is difficult. Those with larger boats may instead wish to use a public boat landing that is available off Bear Drive. The lake level will return to normal over time, depending on rain.

Click here for a local fishing report.

Annual parking-launching passports are available by calling 1-800-933-PARK.

ATTENTION: Clean plant debris, insects and mollusks (snails) from your boat and accessories before arriving at the park. Invasive species harm the lake by out-competing native species. Your vigilance ensures a quality fishing and recreational experience for you and future users of the park’s waters.

HORSES

None at this park, but horse rental is available at New River Trail State Park, which is about 30 minutes away.

Park Trail Guide

Click here for the park's trail guide.

Picnic Shelters

Picnic areas include grills, drinking water and restroom facilities. Several restrooms and shelters are universally accessible. Seven picnic shelters are available for rent through the Customer Service Center by calling 1-800-933-7275. Shelter capacity varies from 30 to 100 people.

Large and small shelters are available. Shelters can be rented from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (all day). Parking and swimming fees are not included in the shelter rental fee. The park also offers for rent a gazebo, which is popular for weddings. Click here for park fees.

Cancellation policy: No refund within 14 days before reserved date. Before then, there's a cancellation fee.

  • Shelter #1 (large): Shelter can accommodate 100 people. Universally accessible. A restroom is about 140 feet from shelter. Overlooking the lake, it is in a shaded area, about 120 feet from a large parking lot and 140 feet from the lake. There is a universally accessible sidewalk and ramp from the parking lot to the shelter. Features electrical outlet, water spigot, two horseshoe pits (guests must bring their own horseshoes), two fireplace grills and a small area near the shelter for outdoor activities. No lights.
  • Shelter #2 (small): This shelter offers the best view of the lake, which is about 65 feet away. This shelter can accommodate up to 40 people. A restroom is about 470 feet from shelter, and a large parking area is about 125 feet away. There's no sidewalk access to shelter. It is not shaded and is by a large, level area well-suited for outdoor activities. Features electric outlet, water spigot, horseshoe pit (guests must bring their own horseshoes), one fireplace grill on end of shelter and two pedestal grills. No lights.
  • Shelter #3 (small): About 30 feet from the water, this shelter can accommodate up to 40 people. A restroom is about 140 feet from shelter, and a small parking area is about 260 feet away, with steep terrain between them. Has nice view of cove and is is semi-shaded. No flat area in immediate vicinity for outdoor activities. Features electrical outlet, water spigot, horseshoe pit (guests must bring their own horseshoes) and two pedestal grills on one side of shelter. No lights.
  • Shelter #4 (small): About 350 feet from the lake, this shelter can accommodate up to 40. Universally accessible. A restroom is about 220 feet from shelter and a large parking area is about 140 feet away. Has level sidewalk from parking area to shelter. Does not have view of lake but is shaded. No flat area in immediate vicinity for outdoor activities. Features electrical outlets, water spigot, horseshoe pit (guests must bring their own horseshoes) and two pedestal grills (one on end and one on side of shelter). No lights.
  • Shelter #5 (large): Shelter can accommodate 80-100 people under the shelter. Restroom is about 230 feet from shelter. Favorite of guests with children because of it’s close proximity to our playground equipment (144 feet). A parking area is only 25 feet from shelter, and the lake is about 320 feet away. No sidewalk from parking area to shelter. Has partial view of lake and is not shaded. Has large level area for outdoor activities. Features electrical outlets, water spigot, horseshoe pit (guests must bring their own horseshoes). There are two pedestal grills. No lights.
  • Shelter #6 (small): Available only from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. The shelter accommodates up to 30. It's attached to the beach bathhouse; the shelter has no electricity or water. Guests may use the bathhouse restroom. The fire-grill is a few feet from the shelter.
  • Shelter #7 (small): Available only from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. The shelter accommodates up to 30. It's attached to the beach bathhouse; the shelter has no electricity or water. Guests may use the bathhouse restroom. The fire-grill is a few feet from the shelter.

Meeting Space and Facilities

MEETING FACILITIES

Claytor Lake’s Water’s Edge Marina Meeting Facility. To reserve, call 1-800-933-7275. This is a day-use facility. Please see information below about the special wedding package options, which includes rental of the gazebo.

Here's a collection of photos of the facility.

  • Full day (8 a.m.-10 p.m.)
  • Discounted weekday (Monday through Thursday) rates are available.
  • Two-day Weekend Package: Two consecutive weekend days' rental, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Linens are not included in rental package; only chairs and tables are provided.
  • Free wi-fi is available in the meeting facility.
  • The facility also has a spacious deck that is included. The deck enables more opportunities for weddings, family reunions and other gatherings. The deck is not available apart from the meeting facility; it is not rented on its own. With an approved ABC license, alcoholic beverages may be consumed in the meeting room or on the deck within reserved areas. Access to the deck is restricted from only the meeting room exits during rental. Signs and roped barriers are placed along the deck to restrict public access. Please call the park, (540) 643-2500, or email claytorlake@dcr.virginia.gov for more detail.

Facilities and Rules

  • Kitchen: Refrigerator, freezer, coffee pot, two 6-foot stainless steel tables and microwave-convection oven. No cookware, utensils, serving containers, flatware, dishes or paper products.
  • Tables and chairs available (no charge). Guests should call the park to manage seating at least two weeks before the event.
    • Auditorium style seating for 125 people
    • Classroom style seating for 90 people
    • Banquet style seating for 72 people (round banquet tables)
  • Podium, tables and chairs are included at no extra charge. No linens provided. There are 30 six-foot by 18-inch rectangular tables, four six-foot by 30-inch rectangular tables, 15 five-foot round tables, and 150 blue upholstered chairs.
  • A rental Terms of Agreement form must be read and signed before the date of the event.
  • The serving of alcoholic beverages requires an Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) banquet license, which the customer must get through the local ABC office. Customers are responsible for obtaining the license if they plan on serving any alcoholic beverages. Information and forms for this license can be obtained from the local ABC office. The process may take as long as a month so allow enough time for the licensing process. ABC permits must be presented to park staff prior to the event. All consumption of alcoholic beverages during an officially licensed banquet must occur within the meeting room or on the deck within the reserved area.
  • Decorations are permitted but cannot be attached to painted surfaces, cannot damage the facility in any way and must be removed when the event ends. Renters will be responsible for damages and any excess cleaning of the facility required after the event.
  • Paint, glue and glitter cannot be used here. Any such use will result in an additional clean-up fee. Open flames, such as candles, also are not permitted.
  • Meeting facility renters are exempt from parking fees if they identify themselves at the park contact station.
  • Equipment rentals available at an additional fee:
    • 50” plasma HDTV with VCR/DVD
    • Multi-media projector
    • Overhead projector
    • Projection screen
    • Easels (2)
    • Flip charts (2)

Cancellation Policy

Reservations must be paid in full within 14 days of the date the reservation is made. Cancellations can be made up until 14 days prior to the start of the reservation for a 10 percent cancellation fee or $100, whichever is less. Within 14 days prior to the start of the reservation date, a 30 percent cancellation fee is charged.

Wedding Package Options; Claytor Lake State Park Gazebo

Popular for weddings, it can be rented all day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Please click here to learn more about the park's wedding package options. This is not a picnic shelter - click here for details on Claytor Lake's picnic shelters. Parking and swimming fees are not included in the gazebo rental fee. Click here for park fees.

Closest picnic shelters are #3 and #5; they are within walking distance.

When you reserve the gazebo, we like to make sure that you do not have any surprises on your special day. Therefore, please carefully read the following.

  1. A special use permit is required for all weddings at the park. There is a nominal fee for a special use permit, and the application can be obtained online or at the park.
  2. When you reserve the gazebo, you are just reserving the gazebo structure itself, not the entire area around it, although you can use the area around it. There may be onlookers, fisherman, boaters, sunbathers, etc., in the vicinity of the gazebo, and these people also may end up in your pictures. This is not for you if you wish to have a private wedding.
  3. The brick house near the gazebo is not included in the rental of the gazebo. There are no extra rooms in the house to change clothes. There are public restrooms in the basement of the brick house, however, the restroom doors do not lock and the general public will be using them. Also, there are no electrical outlets in the bathroom. There are also no extra rooms in the house to store any items (i.e., wedding cakes, flowers, etc.). You are not allowed to use the brick house for your wedding ceremony or the reception, even if it rains.
  4. We do not set up the wedding for you. You are responsible for providing your own chairs, decorations, invitations, etc. You are allowed to decorate the gazebo, however you cannot use any nails, thumbtacks or any other item that may damage the wood. We do not have any chairs to borrow.
  5. State law permits alcohol use only in private areas (inside a cabin or camping unit) or in areas designated on permits issued by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

The park also rents family lodges that may be use for small retreats and get-togethers.

VISITOR CENTER, GIFT SHOP

Located in the historic Howe House, the visitor center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the summer season. New exhibits feature lake ecology, fish life and interactive hands-on exhibits. There are gift shops at the Howe House and the Water's Edge Meeting Facility complex.

RESTAURANT

None at this park.

LAUNDRY

Closest laundromat is three miles from the park in the Lancer Travel Plaza.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER

None at this park.

SPECIAL FEATURES

Douthat is a popular wedding spot. Click here to learn more about the park's fine wedding options.

Other Info

ACCESSIBILITY

  • Picnic shelters 1 and 4
  • Picnic area restrooms near shelters 1 and 4
  • Fishing pier and walkway: The universally accessible fishing pier and ¼-mile walkway are located in picnic area. There is also a wheelchair accessible, small picnic shelter located adjacent to the trail.
  • Beach/beach bathhouse: Restrooms, concession area and breezeways of the beach bathhouse are accessible. There is a rather long sidewalk connecting the bathhouse to the beach; the sidewalk meets accessibility standards. The sidewalk ends at a concrete platform adjacent to the water, however, there is no ramp into the water or transfer equipment.
  • Cabins: Cabins 1, 6 and 7 have been modified to better accommodate disabled visitors. This includes level entry to exterior doors, modified interior door widths, renovated restrooms and kitchens, and widened exterior doors. Cabins 13, 14, 15 and 16 are also universally accessible.
  • Campgrounds: Campground D's restroom is accessible. Campsites D-27 and D-35 have been improved to better accommodate disabled visitors.
  • The Water’s Edge Meeting Facility has universally accessible parking spaces and a sidewalk that leads directly to the front entrance and deck. The meeting room, restrooms, gift shop and snack bar are universally accessible.
  • Howe House restrooms can be accessed through the house's back door.
  • Parking lots: universally accessible parking spaces are designated at the beach, marina, visitor center and two picnic areas.
  • Lakeview Trail and the part of Poplar Leaf Trail that connects Campground D to the day-use area are accessible. Although motorized vehicles are not permitted on park trails, electric powered wheelchairs and electric scooters that meet the federal definition for wheelchairs are allowed to enable people with disabilities to use the trails.

NATURE, HISTORY PROGRAMS

Many interpretive programs and guided walks are offered throughout the year, but primarily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. The programs cover wildlife, natural sciences, history, recreation and more. Program schedules are updated weekly and posted throughout the park. Sailing and canoe programs also are offered throughout summer. Click here to view all parks' events, festivals, workshops and interpretive programs.

CONCESSIONS

Gas dock, gift shop and snack bar. The beach complex's snack bar is open daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The gas dock and gift shop are open daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day as well as on Saturday and Sunday from April 1 through Memorial Day and from Labor Day through October.

HISTORY

Claytor Lake was formed when Appalachian Power Company built a dam on the New River, just south of Radford, in 1939. This is the largest of the power company's 12 hydroelectric plants, with a total generating capacity of 83,000 kilowatts. In early 1944, the people of the surrounding area expressed an interest in the establishment of a state park on the new lake. The idea continued to grow and in 1946 private citizens and businesses from Pulaski, Radford and Blacksburg raised the money needed to purchase 437 acres from Appalachian Power. This land was given to the state to be developed as Claytor Lake State Park. Due to a lack of operating funds, the Radford Chamber of Commerce operated the park during the summers of 1949 and 1950. The Division of State Parks took over the operation of the park in 1951. In 1962, 35 additional acres were purchased, bringing the total acreage to 472.

FRIENDS GROUP

None.

MASTER PLAN

Master plans must be written for parks before they're built. The plans are updated at least once every five years thereafter. The plans cover the size, types, infrastructure and locations of facilities as well as the site's special features and resources. Three public meetings are held during the initial development of each plan. Click here for this park's master plan.

WILDLIFE

Virginia State Parks are great places to discover and reconnect with the wild world. Bring a camera and share your captures with the world. But please don't disturb or get too close to the animals. The park is, after all, their home. Here are a few recent natural encounters others have had at Claytor Lake State Park.

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The Wildlife Center of Virginia has announced that Bald Eagle #14-1905 is scheduled for release on August 28, 2014 at 11 a.m..
A successful family reunion for over 50 people recently at Claytor Lake State Park.
There is so much to do in the communities surrounding New River Trail. Come on out and experience firsthand. This is inside information from the Visitor Service Specialist for New River Trail State Park!
We are letting you in on one of the best little-known secrets: Virginia State Parks cabins are an incredible value compared to hotel rooms!

At a Glance

The pictographs directly below show park offerings. Mouse-over the image for a short text description or click here to view a legend in which each pictograph's meaning is expressed.
BikingBoat LaunchBoat Rentals, Canoe AccessBoat TourCabins, Family LodgesCamp Store/Gift ShopCampground, Camping Lodges **, Group CampingDump StationHikingLake/Bay/Ocean, LifeguardsMarinaMotor Boats PermittedNature/Cultural Programs, Visitor CenterParking feePicnic Shelter Rentals, Picnic TablesPier, ShorePlaygroundsRecyclingRestroomsShowersSnack BarUniversally Accessible
Biking, Boat Launch, Boat Rentals, Canoe Access, Boat Tour, Cabins, Family Lodges, Camp Store/Gift Shop, Campground, Camping Lodges **, Group Camping, Dump Station, Hiking, Lake/Bay/Ocean, Lifeguards, Marina, Motor Boats Permitted, Nature/Cultural Programs, Visitor Center, Parking fee, Picnic Shelter Rentals, Picnic Tables, Pier, Shore, Playgrounds, Recycling, Restrooms, Showers, Snack Bar, Universally Accessible