The 3,201-acre Plum Orchard Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) ranges across a forest of oak and hickory in a wide cove between Packs and Haystack mountains. Game traditionally hunted in the management area includes deer, squirrel, turkey, raccoon, and waterfowl. Plum Orchard Lake, at 202 acres, has been outfitted with four boat-launches and accomodates fishing for bluegill, crappie, sunfish, largemouth bass, and channel catfish. Hiking trails, a 100-yard shooting range, and 42 rustic campsites have been developed on the property.
Directions: The Plum Orchard Lake Wildlife Management Area is located in western Fayette County, five miles north of Pax, WV, and nine miles southwest of Oak Hill, WV. The area is accessible from the Pax or Mossy exits of expressway I-77/I-64 (the West Virginia Turnpike). From either exit, follow Paint Creek Road (WV-23) north or south to Plum Orchard Road (CR-23/1). From Oak Hill, WV, follow Scarbro Road (CR-1/5) south to Old Plum Orchard Road at Scarbro, WV. Follow the latter, a gravel road for much of its length, three miles into the management area.
The Plum Orchard WMA is managed by the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources. It was formerly known as the Plum Orchard Lake Public Hunting & Fishing Area.
Hotels near Plum Orchard Lake WMA
Further information on lodging, dining, and recreation near the Plum Orchard Lake Wildlife Management Area may be found in our guide to travel in the New River Gorge Region in southern West Virginia, in which the management area is located.