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Beaver Creek Reservoir


Elevation: 826 ft.

The Beaver Creek Reservoir is one of the premier wildlife watching sites in the Martinsville area. The open water body is at its best during migration and winter when Bonaparte’s or herring gulls as well as numerous waterfowl including ruddy and ring-necked ducks, pied-billed grebe, bufflehead, and hooded merganser join the ring-billed gulls. Migration can also turn up a few visiting sandpipers such as spotted sandpiper and the occasional solitary sandpiper that join the more regular killdeer along the lake’s edge. A pine forest dominated by white pine surrounds the reservoir. This provides excellent habitat for brown-headed nuthatch and pine warbler. More regular birds to be encountered in the woods include Carolina wren, northern cardinal and American goldfinch. The quiet inlets around the lake provide serene environment for the eastern painted turtle, while the banks host a variety of damsel- and dragonflies including eastern amberwing, black-shouldered spinylegs and eastern pondhawk. Additional trails are found on the south side of the lake through the parking lot of Patrick & Henry Community College.


Physical Address: 200 Boat Ramp Drive, Martinsville, VA 24112

From the US-220/William F. Stone Hwy and US-58/A. L. Philpott Hwy interchange, head north on US-220/William F. Stone Hwy, exit onto US-220 BUS S/N. Virginia Ave toward Collinsville/Martinsville, turn left onto VA-174/Kings Mountain Rd, turn left onto VA-108/Figsboro Rd, turn right onto SR-714/College Dr, turn left onto Redskin Dr, turn right onto Boat Ramp Dr and follow it to the boat ramp parking area.


Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Martinsville Parks & Recreation, (276)-656-5179,
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily

Birds Recently Seen at Beaver Creek Reservoir (as reported to eBird)

  • Canada Goose
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • Eastern Kingbird
  • American Crow
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Purple Martin
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Brown-headed Nuthatch
  • Carolina Wren

Seasonal Bird Observations


  • Hiking Trails
  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Restrooms
  • Kayak/Canoe Launch
  • Canoe/Kayak Rentals
  • Boat Ramp