Anawalt Lake Wildlife Management Area

Anawalt Lake Wildlife Management Area


Anawalt Lake WMA (1,792 acres) McDowell County. Located approximately 20 miles southeast of Welch, access is provided by following state Route 103 south from Welch to state Route 161. Follow state Route 161 and County Route 84 to Anawalt. From Anawalt take county Route 8 to the Wildlife Management Area. Anawalt WMA is primarily a mixed hardwood forest with oak-hickory forest types on drier sites and yellow poplar/black cherry in the coves. Several administrative roads and trails provide interior access for foot travel only. The area supports hunting opportunities for deer, bear, squirrel, turkey and ruffed grouse. The 7-acre impoundment supports a warm water fishery and is stocked with trout from February through May. Owned by WVDNR.


  • Deer
  • Raccoon
  • Squirrel
  • Turkey
  • Ruffed Grouse


  • 7-acre lake
  • Prospects include spring trout fishing, largemouth bass, channel catfish and bluegill
  • Foot trail surrounds the lake


  • Administrative roads and trails


  • Accessible shelters
  • Accessible picnic tables


District 4

Wildlife Management Area

WV DNR Wildlife Resources

Address: 2006 Robert C. Byrd Drive Beckley, WV 25801-8320

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Phone: (304) 256-6947

Anawalt Lake | (304) 256-6945

Owned by WVDNR

Managed by Wildlife Resources Section

SUMMARY: The lake was constructed in the early 1990s with a maximum depth of 15 feet and an average depth of 6 feet. A foot trail surrounding the lake provide good bank fishing access. Pit type toilets, shelters, and picnic tables are provided. Boating, camping, and the use of live minnows as bait are prohibited.