Welcome to magnificent Kerr Lake, or, as it is known to many locals and fishermen, Bugg’s Island Lake. Kerr Lake is Virginia’s largest lake, and one of the largest on the eastern seaboard. Its 800+ miles of pristine shoreline are relatively undeveloped, and this beautiful lake is punctuated by the John H. Kerr Dam, which is the 4th largest dam in the United States.
Bugg’s Island/Kerr Lake also boasts Virginia’s only lakeside town, the quaint and historic Clarksville.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built the John H. Kerr Dam and manages the lake, along with many campground and recreation sites along its shoreline. Click here to go to their website for the lake.
Area – 50,000 acres at standard level
Shoreline – 850 miles at standard level
Ownership – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Maximum depth – 125 ft at standard level
Common fish – Largemouth Bass, Striped Bass (naturaly reproducing population), Crappie, Blue Catfish (world record 143 lbs caught here in 2011), Gar, Walleye, and Freshwater Drum (state record 26 lbs 8 oz caught here in 2012). Click here for a current fishing report.
Contributing source rivers – Dan River, Hyco River, Banister River, Roanoke/Staunton River
River basin – Roanoke River Basin
Camping on the lake – Click here for a list of campgrounds on Bugg’s Island / Kerr Lake
Lodging nearby – Clarksville (2 hotels and 1 bed & breakfast); Boydton (1 bed & breakfast); South Hill (numerous hotels); Bracey (1 hotel)
Levels – Kerr Lake is a hydroelectric and flood control lake, thus it is a variable level lake. Standard level is 300 ft above mean sea level (msl). Full flood stage is 320 ft msl. Winter (dry) stage is 296 ft msl. All docks on the lake are floating docks so that access to water activities is unhindered by high or low water. Click here for the current lake level.