It’s not too early to begin making plans and reservations for group camping needs this summer. In the heart of southern West Virginia’s coal country, Panther Wildlife Management Area, operated by the West Virginia State Parks system, affords fine dormitory style accommodations for organizations such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H Clubs, and church groups. It is also used heavily for family reunions.
This camp, which houses up to 60 people, opened in 1979. It features men’s and women’s dormitories, separate staff quarters, craft rooms, and complete kitchen and dining facilities. The area is located near Iaeger in McDowell County. “It provides well-designed overnight facilities for groups and organizations,” said Donnie O’Brien, area superintendent. “While it is heavily used and popular with many local groups, vacancies are still available for this spring, summer and fall.”
Panther’s group camp is rented by the week during the months of June, July, and August. A two-night minimum is required in spring and fall. Two other areas within the West Virginia state park system also manage group camps: Cabwaylingo State Forest in Wayne county and Tomlinson Run State Park in Hancock County in the state’s northern panhandle.
About Panther Wildlife Management Area
The area features many recreational amenities such as a swimming pool, a six-site campground complete with electric hookups, hiking opportunities, and picnicking. Four picnic shelters are available to rent.
As a wildlife management area, hunting is permitted in season and picturesque Panther Creek, with its numerous branches, bisects the facility and offers good fishing opportunities including trout, which is stocked during the spring by the Division of Natural Resources.
The area features excellent deer, turkey, squirrel, and grouse hunting. For trout fishing, a West Virginia fishing license is required. To learn more about Panther Wildlife Management Area, visit www.pantherwma.com, email [email protected] or call 304-938-2252.
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