The 11,758- acre Wallback Wildlife Management Area (WMA) ranges across hilly forests and brushlands north of the Elk River. Game traditionally hunted in the management area includes deer and turkey, and access for Class-Q hunting is accommodated. The Elk River, Laurel Creek, and 15-acre Walback Lake accommodate fishing for trout, bluegill, walleye, largemouth bass, muskellunge, and channel catfish. The Elk River and Wallback Lake are stocked with trout from February until May, and the lake is equipped with a boat ramp. A 100-yard shooting range has been developed near the lake. Camping is prohibited in the management area.
Directions: The Wallback Lake Wildlife Management Area is located in western Clay County, southern Roane County, and northeastern Kanawha County. Most Wallback tracts are located northeast of Clendenin, WV, and northwest of Clay, WV. To reach the Wallback Lake area from the I-79 expressway, exit at Wallback, WV, (exit 34), follow Valley Fork Road (CR-36) south one quarter mile to a left turn onto Summers Fork Road (CR-34). Turn left again onto Deck Road and proceed into management area property.
The Wallback WMA is managed by the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources. The management area was formerly known as the Wallback Lake Public Hunting & Fishing Area.
Hotels near Wallback WMA
Further information on lodging, dining, and recreation near the Wallback Wildlife Management Area may be found in our guide to travel in the Heartland Region in central West Virginia, in which the management area is located.