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R.D. Bailey Lake

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Drawer 70, US Route 52 North, Justice, WV 24851-0070
Phone: (304) 664-3229

R.D. Bailey Lake copyright map by Alan EastepBeautiful lake in rugged terrain with visitor center overlooking the lake and many recreational opportunities. The dam is on the Guyandotte River near the southern West Virginia town of Justice in Wyoming County. From Justice take Route 52 East. Turn left off route 52 at the R.D. Bailey sign.

This road leads to the Visitor Center. The Visitor's Center is perched 365 feet above the lake providing a breathtaking view of the dam, lake and surrounding forest. Viewing telescopes are mounted on the observation deck. Visitor center exhibits show opportunities available at the lake and provide a better understanding of the project. Tours are available of the dam and intake structure.


Picnic shelters are located at the Big Branch Day Use Area, Guyandotte Point / Marina, and the Visitor Center / Overlook. All shelters are available on a first come - first served basis except when reserved in advance (a fee is required for reserving a shelter). Picnic shelters may be reserved by calling the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS) at 877-444-6777 (toll-free) or visit us on the web at There are also picnic tables at all recreation areas on the R.D. Bailey Lake project.

Recreation Area with Picnic Area

  • Big Branch Area $

  • Dam Overlook $

  • Downstream Area

  • Guyandotte Point $

  • On line at: R D Bailey Lake

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