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Lake Information for R. D. Bailey Lake


R. D. Bailey Lake is located on the Guyandotte River in Wyoming and Mingo Counties in West Virginia, 3.3 miles (5.3 km) east of Justice. Originally referred to as Justice Reservoir, the lake was named by Congressional action, Public Law 90-46, on July 4, 1967 for the late Robert D. Bailey, Sr., a prominent jurist, diarist, and citizen of Pineville. R. D. Bailey lake was dedicated in August 1980.

The R. D. Bailey Dam is 310 feet (94 m) high with a top length of 1,370 feet (420 m). A minimum pool with a surface area of 440 acres (1.8 km2) is maintained in the winter months. A seasonal pool for recreation and water quality control with a surface area of 630 acres (2.5 km2) is maintained during the summer. The lake's remaining storage capacity is for flood control.

Fishing Description: 

Fishing has been excellent for largemouth, smallmouth and striped bass; walleye, tiger muskie, channel catfish, crappie and panfish since the lake was formed in 1980. West Virginia fishing licenses are required. Easy-to-reach fishing spots are located at the Guyandotte Point Recreation Area, Big Branch Day Use Area, and below the dam.

Trout are stocked below the dam 1.5 miles near Justice. Stocking occurs once in February and once every two weeks from March through May and twice in October.

Directions to Lake: 

From Justice take Route 52 East. Turn left off route 52 at the R.D. Bailey sign.

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Striped Bass
Optional Information
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R. D. Bailey Lake
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West Virginia

Businesses Located Nearby

Boat Rental

    Addington's Boat & Camper Sls
  • Route 19 - Cedar Bluff, VA
  • (276) 964-4927
    Mountaineer Boat Sales
  • Us-19 - Beaver, WV
  • (304) 253-4182
  • 455 N Mayo Trl - Pikeville, KY
  • (606) 432-0091

Vacation Rental

    Justonian Motel
  • Rt 52 & Main St - Gilbert, WV
  • (304) 664-3239
    Stonecreek Lodge
  • 37 Justice - Gilbert, WV
  • (304) 664-6430

Bar and Restaurant

    Yesterday's Dine & Dance
  • Route 52 - Gilbert, WV
  • (304) 664-9902

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