Camping at Rudds Creek Park, A COE Campground on Kerr Dam and Reservoir

Rudds Creek Park, a Corps of Engineer (COE) campground, is on the John H. Kerr Dam and Reservoir. If you have the America the Beautiful pass (senior pass), you can get a COE site for a discounted price. The COE campgrounds are usually very nice and Rudds keeps with that tradition!  COE campgrounds are for anyone to camp at.  You do not have to be in the military.  We love the COE campgrounds and have been to several! They are usually well maintained and are near or on the water.

The facilities at Rudds Creek are clean and well kept. This particular park has 98 sites, some have water/electric, and some are nonelectric. Generators are allowed but, they must be turned off at 10 pm. There is a dump station. There are also some non-reservable sites that are first come first served. There are several shower houses with hot water and flush toilets. They also have planned activities for visitors. There is an amphitheater on the premises where they have some educational and interpretive programs. As well as a playground for the kids! There are pavilions for day use gatherings and picnics.  Great family campground!

Buggs Island LakeBeautiful lake, also known as Buggs Island Lake.
me fishingMe fishing Buggs Island Lake. I know, I know, bait fish :)

This campground is on the water with access to fishing and boating. There are two designated swim areas and plenty of places to go fishing. The lake is great fishing for large-mouth bass, striped bass, crappie and catfish. You need a fishing license to fish from the lake. It is regulated by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.  I did get some fishing in, but I didn’t catch much. It was still fun!

campsiteOur site #52
back of our siteBack of our site
campfireCampfire at Rudds

We were on site 52. Our site was very well shaded and level. We had woods in the back of our site. This site is not a waterfront, but it was wooded and private. There is a fire ring for a campfire, but you have to buy the wood from the area. They want to protect the area from invasive insects and tree-killing parasites. You can bike around the campground on their paved roads, but you need to be careful because there is very little shoulder on the road.

Rudds is about 3 miles away from Boydton, Virginia. There are places to get groceries, gas, and other necessities in Boydton. There is also a marina about a mile away from the campground. Clarksville, VA is about 20 minutes away and South Hill, VA is about 30 minutes away. This gives you additional areas to explore!

We enjoyed our stay there. We were there in the summer and explored the area. We went to check out the Dam and visited some of the areas nearby. We went bike riding to the courtesy dock and had lunch at the picnic tables nearby.

We were only at Rudds for three nights. It is an easy drive for us and we would definitely go back again. All the campgrounds around the Kerr Dam and Reservoir book quickly. There are a number of campgrounds around the lake with several water sites. You need to book early so you can get a site. Most of the campgrounds in this area are open from April 1 through October 31. Keep that in mind when you plan a visit to this beautiful area.