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Overview of Jennings Randolph Lake

Jennings Randolph Lake is a scenic destination located in the states of West Virginia and Maryland in the United States. This area is renowned for its outdoor recreational opportunities, which include boating, fishing, hiking, and camping. The lake was named in honor of Senator Jennings Randolph, who played a key role in its creation.

Camping Opportunities

Camping at Jennings Randolph Lake offers a variety of experiences ranging from developed campgrounds with amenities to more primitive and backcountry options. Before planning a trip, check the latest information as facilities and campsites may change over time or due to seasonal considerations.

Developed Campgrounds:

  • Howell Run Campground: Offers numerous campsites with basic amenities such as picnic tables, fire rings, and access to restrooms.
  • Robert W. Craig Campground: Provides a more developed camping experience with additional facilities.

Primitive Camping:

  • For those looking for a more rustic experience, there are areas around the lake where primitive camping is allowed. Typically, these sites have no facilities and require a leave-no-trace ethic.

Fishing and Boating


  • Jennings Randolph Lake is known for its excellent fishing opportunities. Common species include bass, trout, and walleye.
  • A valid fishing license from either West Virginia or Maryland is required, depending on which part of the lake you are fishing in.


  • The lake provides multiple boat launches for easy water access.
  • Regulations on boat size and type may apply, and safety rules like carrying life jackets are enforced.

Hiking and Trails

  • The area surrounding Jennings Randolph Lake features several hiking trails of varying lengths and difficulties.
  • Trails may offer scenic views of the lake and surrounding countryside, and some may lead to interesting locales such as the Howell Run Picnic Area.

Local Wildlife and Natural Features

  • The lake is situated in a region known for its diverse ecosystems, offering a home to a variety of wildlife species.
  • Birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts can enjoy the presence of local flora and fauna, especially during the migratory seasons.

Regulations and Safety


  • Always be prepared with adequate supplies, clothing, and knowledge of the area.
  • Follow water safety guidelines when boating or swimming in the lake.


  • Abide by fire restrictions, wildlife protection laws, and no-trace principles.
  • Check for any specific local regulations regarding campfires, alcohol consumption, and noise levels.

Contact Information and Reservations

Before planning your camping trip, it's recommended to check for the most current information, which may include details about reservations, fees, and any alerts or restrictions due to weather or other factors.


  • Contact the appropriate park management, either the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or the local park service, to confirm details and secure any necessary permits.

Remember that park conditions, rules, and offerings can change, and having the most current information will help ensure a safe and enjoyable trip to Jennings Randolph Lake.

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