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Gauge Height: 4.02'
Flow: 2170 cfps

Trail Conditions: Richmond


Todays Tides: Richmond Locks

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Low Tide: 3:00am

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Beat the Back-to-School Blues with a Trip to Bear Creek Lake

Andy Thompson

August 20, 2018 3:55pm

I’d been meaning to post a writeup about Bear Creek Lake State Park for most of the summer when I stumbled across this piece from Virginia State Parks. Turns out Shellie Anne, the blog editor for VSP, did the hard work for me!

A cabin at Bear Creek Lake State Park.

Why have I been meaning to write about Bear Creek Lake? Because it’s an under-the-radar but not out-of-the-way natural gem that’s only a 45-minute drive west (or less) for many Richmonders.

BCL has a little bit of everything. Fishing, paddling and swimming at the eponymous 40-acre lake. Tons of hiking and biking trails in the park and in the connected Cumberland State Forest. Camping at primitive sites and cabins.

Looking for an easy day trip from Richmond before the kids head back to school? Bear Creek Lake has something for everyone. Click here to read more about it.

About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?