Bear Creek Lake State Park 'Fall Kayak Fishing' © Katie Bernotsky
Kayak bass fishing at Bear Creek Lake State Park. November 4, 2012.
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Bear Creek Lake State Park
Bear Creek Lake State Park
22 Bear Creek Lake Road
Cumberland, Virginia   23040

Phone: 804-492-4410
Toll Free: 800-933-7275
Reservations: 800-933-7275
Bear Creek Lake State Park
'Fall Kayak Fishing'

Kayak bass fishing at Bear Creek Lake State Park. November 4, 2012.

Nestled in the heart of Cumberland State Forest in central Virginia’s Cumberland County, Bear Creek Lake State Park offers the amenities of the larger parks without the crowds. Activities revolve around the 40-acre lake with a boat launch, swimming beach, lakeside picnicking, camping and hiking trails.The park is surrounded by the 16,000-acre Cumberland State Forest, which provides opportunities for a wide range of outdoor activities. Four small lakes in the state forest are managed by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries for recreational fishing. A network of gated and ungated forest roads provides hiking, mountain biking and nature observation. The Virginia Department of Forestry also operates a sporting clays range in the Cumberland State Forest.
History of the Area
Bear Creek Lake was built in 1938 as a project of the Virginia Department of Agriculture through the State Forestry Division. Although this project was undertaken during the closing days of the Great Depression, the 100 men who built the lake were not members of the Civilian Conservation Corps. They were simply carpenters, farmers and unskilled laborers seeking jobs. Along with the lake, these men built two pavilions, a concession stand and six fireplaces. The land was given to the Division of State Parks in 1940, and it was operated as a day-use recreation area. In 1962 the division added campgrounds and the area's name was changed to Bear Creek Lake State Park.
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Rental rates for cabins and camping vary by season, offering and park. Rates are subject to verification by DCR's state parks reservations staff (1-800-933-PARK). First, determine the appropriate season, which can vary by park, then determine the relevant rate.
Lake swimming: Available Memorial Day to Labor Day. Swimming is free with camping. Open during the summer only, the swimming beach is complete with a bathhouse and concession operation featuring a wide range of sandwiches, snacks and drinks. Click here for park fees. In the summer, swimming is free for overnight guests in campsites, cabins and the lodge, however it cannot be guaranteed should circumstances beyond the park's control require that swimming be closed. We do not give refunds for swimming to overnight guests under any circumstances.
Boat rentals and bike rentals are available daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day. A boat launching ramp is available for non-gasoline powered boats. Shoulder season rentals are offered on weekends only during May and September. Parental supervision is required for all rentals, and pets are not allowed in rental boats. Rentals are sometimes cancelled during the shoulder season because of bad weather or staff shortages.

In addition, the park has canoes, rowboats, paddleboats and hydrobikes available for rent. A valid Virginia fishing license is required for fishing from the lake. Trolling motors are available for rent.

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The park offers lakeside picnicking near the swimming beach. Picnic facilities include drinking water, grills and restrooms. Picnic shelters are available by reservation by calling the Reservation Center at 1-800-933-PARK. Shelters can be rented from 8 a.m. to dark (all day). The shelter is rented April 1 through Oct. 31; boat rentals and swimming are available Memorial Day through Labor Day. Shelter parking is very limited so carpooling is recommended.
Hiking: no bicycle trails, however horses and bicycles allowed on multi-use hiking trail. The park provides access to the Willis River Trail, a 16-mile long trail winding through the surrounding area. The 14-mile Cumberland Multi-use Trail also is available for bicyles, horses and hikers (this trail does not loop back into the park and is located Virginia Department of Forestry property). NOTE: The entire Lost Barr Trail is closed because of cabin construction at the park. Please call the park, (804) 492-4410, for details.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 15 Wonderful Family Reunion at Bear Creek! by Alice
Our extended family of four generations had a fabulous time at Bear Creek Lake State Park. Stayed in the beautiful, large Family Lodge, made good use of the well-equipped kitchen, only minor complaint was shower heads and too-long shower curtains... Lots of activities for kids & adults in the park and surrounding areas.
March 19 Great Hometown by Laura (Conner) Spencer
I am from Cumberland, VA and have always enjoyed this beautiful park. I live in Roanoke now, but come home often and meet family and friends at Bear Creek. I am thankful for the park rangers and workers who keep the park so clean and nice.
September 20
I camped here, and was very impressed with how clean things were. The bathrooms were checked multiple times per day by park personnel and the lake was beautiful.
September 8 Enjoyed but not impressed by Richmonders
We were wedged between campers with VERY small children. The Park Police were a bit on the aggressive side for such a small camp ground. The lake was kind of orangeish green.
July 14 happy camping trip by the cuffee family
my family and I have been coming to this park since 2000 for our summer vaction my girls have the best time here. we enjoy the events they offer on the weekends. I have talked serval of my friends into taking a camping trip there and now they love it to.
September 20 a nice one close by Richmond
something for everyone in the family; nice personnel; nice 3 BR cabins
May 1 A great place to spend a day by Robert B.
My family and I have been here several times now and we are always happy when we leave. We spend our time at the beach and picnic tables behind the beach and always have a good time. Everything is always nice and clean. We have not done any camping here yet but plan to in the near future.

Area Campgrounds
Cozy Acres Family Campground
2177 Ridge Road
Powhatan, VA
Weather Forecast, (23040)

The park is about 4.5 miles northwest of the town of Cumberland. From U.S. Route 60, go west on Route 622 and south on Route 629 to the park entrance.NEXT

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