While traveling (5/27/2013) on Memorial Day we ventured out to this little Virginia State Park lake. I'm a big fan of Claytor Lake, VA and Roxbury Pond aka Ellis Lake in Roxbury, Maine. Bear Creek Lake has a lot of potential but seems a bit run down. The dock is in need of renovating. The beach area is small and seemed crowded for Labor Day. We didn't do any swimming so we didn't look to see if there were bathrooms so I can't comment on their cleanliness. The camping areas seemed nice. The woods have a lot of underbrush. I tend to like to see camping areas with lots of hardwoods and clear grounds. They do rent canoes, jonboats, and paddleboats, we didn't ask about the price. They have lots of picnic tables with grills up off the ground. There were lots of people fishing and many families having a great time celebrating Memorial Day. We paid $3.00 for each car to get in. The staff was very friendly. The lake is more the size of large pond than a lake, but it is still beautiful. It's a diamond in the rough but with a lot of volunteer hours and a dozen goats it could be a spectacular hidden find.
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