Nestled in the rolling hills of Fayette County, West Virginia, lies Plum Orchard Lake. Surrounded by oak and hickory forests and teeming wetlands, this tranquil oasis is the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The 202-acre lake is part of the Plum Orchard Lake Wildlife Management Area, and is well-stocked with a variety of fish, including trophy-sized largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, crappie, and sunfish. Anglers will find plenty of opportunities to reel in their next catch. In addition to fishing, the area offers hunting opportunities for deer, raccoon, squirrel, turkey, and waterfowl. Hikers will also find plenty of trails to explore, both formal and informal, winding through the reserve. The area also offers four boat ramps and rustic campsites for those looking to spend more time in the great outdoors.
One unique feature of Plum Orchard Lake is the thousands of American white water lilies (Nymphaea odorata) covering the lake’s north end. These were planted for ornamentation by a local garden club in the 1970s but quickly grew to the point that they became unmanageable. While the lilies provide cover for prey, such as minnows and small sunfish that bass feed on, they can clog shorelines and frustrate anglers. Now, a yearly management program keeps the invasive lilies in check.
The Plum Orchard Lake Wildlife Management Area is a wonderful place to experience nature, preserving the state’s natural resources while providing public land for the public good. Whether you’re an angler, hunter, or nature lover, there’s something for everyone at Plum Orchard Lake.