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Information about Kerr Reservoir


John H. Kerr Dam and Reservoir
1930 Mays Chapel Road
Boydton, VA 23917

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operates this 50,000 acre reservoir and an additional 50,000 acres of surrounding land. In the 1950's, Kerr Reservoir, also called Buggs Island Lake, was constructed primarily to provide for flood control and hydropower generation. The 900 miles of wooded shoreline stretch across three counties in Virginia and three in North Carolina. Along this shoreline you can find opportunities to boat, fish, camp, swim, picnic, hike, and hunt. Five campgrounds are operated by the Corps of Engineers, seven by the North Carolina State Parks and two by the Virginia State Parks. These campgrounds provide tent and trailer camping at both primitive and water/electric sites with boat ramps, bath facilities, beaches, playgrounds and hiking trails. In addition to campgrounds, the Corps of Engineers also operates several other day-use facilities for boat launching, swimming and picnicking. Intensive wildlife management techniques are employed in twenty-six developed areas, consisting of over 10,000 acres of land. These areas provide opportunities for hunting, hiking, and wildlife watching. All project lands are open to hunting with appropriate state licenses, except developed recreation areas, or unless otherwise posted. The reservoir provides habitat for many game fish species. Kerr Reservoir is widely known for large-mouth bass and striped bass fishing. Resident and non-resident fishing licenses from Virginia or North Carolina are recognized on all reservoir waters.

The Visitor Assistance Center for the Corps of Engineers is located adjacent to the Dam, next to North Bend Park. It is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 4:30 pm except for Holidays it is closed.  The Joseph S. J. Tanner II Environmental Education Center is just down the road at the intersection of Mays Chapel Road and VA Route 4 (which leads across the Dam).  The Tanner Center is open Memorial Day through Labor Day, Thursday through Sunday 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.  The Powerhouse, located down the hill in the Tailrace Park area, is currently closed to the public.



Wildlife is a valued resource on Kerr Reservoir. One of the primary objectives in the stewardship of the reservoir and its lands is the protection and enhancement of wildlife habitat. In addition, the natural resources management staff is committed to providing optimum habitat and protection for all threatened and endangered species found within its boundary. The Corps, along with the assistance of many partners such as The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Quail Unlimited, The National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited and others, maintain 26 Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) surrounding the lake. Each WMA is open year-round and provides many opportunities for hiking, wildlife viewing, birding, and hunting (in season). Other wildlife viewing opportunities are available throughout the Reservoir. Of particular interest is Buggs Island, which is an important attraction for migrating Bald Eagles.



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Joel now guides full time in the North Carolina and Virginia area. He will help you learn the tricks and tips that have made him a prominent angler on the national tours.



Kerr Lake, known locally as Bugg's Island, is one of Joel's favorite waters to fish. The brand new Randleman Reservoir is producing huge catches and fast moving to one of the best lakes on the East Coast.