R. D. Bailey Lake

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R. D. Bailey Lake
R.D. Bailey Lake Dam.jpg
LocationWyoming / Mingo counties, West Virginia, United States
Coordinates37°36′00″N 81°49′20″W / 37.60000°N 81.82222°W / 37.60000; -81.82222Coordinates: 37°36′00″N 81°49′20″W / 37.60000°N 81.82222°W / 37.60000; -81.82222
Primary inflowsGuyandotte River
Primary outflowsGuyandotte River
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface elevation1,043 feet (318 m)[1]

R. D. Bailey Lake is located on the Guyandotte River in Wyoming and Mingo Counties in West Virginia, 3.3 miles (5.3 km) east of Justice. Originally referred to as Justice Reservoir, the lake was named by Congressional action, Public Law 90-46, on July 4, 1967 for Robert D. Bailey, Sr., a prominent jurist, diarist, and citizen of Pineville. R. D. Bailey lake was dedicated in August 1980.

The R. D. Bailey Dam is 310 feet (94 m) high with a top length of 1,370 feet (420 m). A minimum pool with a surface area of 440 acres (1.8 km2) is maintained in the winter months. A seasonal pool for recreation and water quality control with a surface area of 630 acres (2.5 km2) is maintained during the summer. The lake's remaining storage capacity is for flood control.

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