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Introduction

John W. Flannagan Dam and Reservoir is located in Dickenson County, near Haysi, Virginia, and is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It is an important recreation area that offers various outdoor activities, including camping, boating, fishing, and hiking. Here's what you need to know before your camping trip to John W. Flannagan Dam and Reservoir.

Camping Facilities

The Corps of Engineers maintains a campground with various facilities to enhance the camping experience. These typically include:

  • Campsites: Most campsites will have a combination of amenities like picnic tables, fire pits, and grills.
  • Electrical Hookups: Many camping spots are equipped with electrical hookups for RVs.
  • Water Access: Potable water spigots may be available throughout the campground.
  • Restrooms and Showers: Clean restrooms and shower facilities are generally available.
  • Playground: Some areas may have a playground for children.

Remember that amenities can vary from site to site, so it's best to check in advance.

Reservations and Fees

  • Reservations: Campsites are often reservable in advance, particularly during peak seasons. It's wise to book as early as possible through the official reservation system.
  • Fees: Expect to pay a fee for camping. These fees can vary by the type, location, and specific amenities of the campsite.

Boating and Fishing

  • Boating: The reservoir provides opportunities for boating. Boaters should be aware of any licensing requirements and safety regulations, including life jackets.
  • Fishing: The reservoir is known for sport fishing, with species such as bass, crappie, and walleye. State fishing licenses are typically required.

Trails and Recreation

  • Hiking Trails: Surrounding areas offer hiking trails with scenic views of the reservoir and Appalachian Mountains.
  • Swimming: Designated swimming areas might be available, but always check local guidelines as conditions can change.

Wildlife and Conservation

  • Wildlife: The area is home to a variety of wildlife. Always store food securely and follow Leave No Trace principles to minimize your impact.
  • Conservation Rules: As a protected area, certain regulations are in place to conserve natural resources. These regulations include restrictions on fires, littering, and off-road vehicle use.

Accessibility

The campground and facilities are designed to be accessible to individuals with disabilities, but it's recommended to contact the management ahead of time to confirm specific accommodation availability.

Safety Measures

  • Weather: Be prepared for sudden weather changes and check forecasts before your trip.
  • Water Safety: If swimming or boating, take proper safety measures to prevent accidents. Drowning is a risk at reservoirs, even for experienced swimmers.
  • Wildlife Encounters: Know how to handle encounters with local wildlife, like bears or snakes.

Contact Information and Resources

Before visiting, it is advisable to check the latest information on the official U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website or contact them directly for the most current details regarding the campground and recreational offerings.

Final Tip: Always follow the "leave no trace" philosophy when camping. Dispose of waste properly, respect wildlife, and leave what you find for others to enjoy.

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