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Laurel Bed Lake, Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area

Description

Elevation: 3674 feet

Laurel Bed Lake lies within Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area and is a manmade lake created by the damming of Big Tumbling Creek. The lake and the surrounding area are popular venues for bird-watching. For a description of the birding opportunities, refer to Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area.

Notes:

  • To Access the Site: A Restore the Wild Membership, Virginia hunting license, freshwater fishing license, boat registration, or an access permit is required.
  • Some areas of the WMA are subject to seasonal closures and some roads may be closed during inclement weather.
  • Hunting could be occurring at this site April 1 – May 31 and September 1 – February 28th. If you are visiting this site during hunting seasons, please wear blaze orange for safety.

Directions

Location: Laurel Bed Lake is located within Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area (WMA), which is north of the town of Saltville, Virginia.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Virginia DWR Region 3 Office: 276-783-4860, Contact Us
  • Website
  • Access: Often inaccessible in winter. Restore the Wild Membership, hunting license, freshwater fishing license, boat registration, or an access permit is required.

Birds Recently Seen at Laurel Bed Lake, Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area (as reported to eBird)

  • Turkey Vulture
  • Bald Eagle
  • Northern Flicker
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • American Crow
  • Tree Swallow
  • Gray Catbird
  • American Robin
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Ovenbird

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Parking
  • Restrooms
  • Primitive Camping
  • Boat Ramp