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Summersville Lake

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Boats docked at Summersville Lake Marina
Lonetree Mountain rises north of Summersville Lake

South of Summersville, WV, in southern Nicholas County, Summersville Lake is West Virginia's largest lake. In summer, when its elevation is maintained at its maximum level at Summersville Dam, more than 2,790 acres of surface area are available for recreation. The lake and vicinity, including the adjacent Gauley River National Recreation Area, are part of one of the most popular outdoor-recreation destinations in West Virginia. Hiking, fishing, camping, boating, swimming, water skiing, scuba diving, and rock climbing are all afforded at the lake.

The lake is an impoundment of the Gauley River, which downstream of the lake is a world famous whitewater rafting stream, federally managed as the.


a notable scuba-diving destination, a result of the combination of clear water and the presence of . Its cliff-lined shores attract thousands of rock climbers each year.

Travel to the the lake is strongly associated with that of the national park lands to the south, including the adjacent and the New River Gorge National River.

Summersville Lake Wildlife Management Area


External Link: Summersville Lake Photo Gallery