A long weekend getaway rejuvenates and inspires, especially when the rugged beauty of the Mountain Lakes Region surrounds you. Sparkling clear Summersville Lake, West Virginia’s largest, is within six to eight hours’ drive of 60 percent of the urban U.S. population, making it the ideal one-tank trip. You’ll find the lake easily via the major interstates; this is your exit from the hectic fray into a retreat of pure relaxation. Come on over- it’s almost heaven!
With 60 miles of shoreline, Summersville Lake has room to roam and activities for all. Bring the kids to create indelible family memories. Start with a swim! They don’t call Summersville Lake “almost heaven” for nothing; the lake boasts relatively warm temperatures- as mountain lakes go- and superior water quality. In fact, Skin Diver Magazine named it “the cleanest, clearest freshwater lake east of the Mississippi!” And yes- that means breathtaking scuba diving, with average summertime visibility of 20 to 45 feet! Whether you’re a scuba novice or an experienced diver, you’ll marvel at the thriving aquatic life darting among the underwater formations sculpted from sheer sandstone cliffs. Diving instruction is available at the lakefront scuba shop.
A full-service marina offers launch ramps and boat rentals. Enjoy a relaxing day out on the lake on pontoons, canoes, or flat-water kayaks. If you’re new to kayaking, Summersville Lake is the perfect place to learn. Flat-water kayaks are easy to maneuver and even have room to stow your picnic for a mid-lake feast. Or, for adrenaline-pumping thrills, zip around the lake in a two-person waverunner!
Speaking of excitement, the fish are jumping! Hook large- and smallmouth bass, walleye, panfish, catfish, and trout, stocked in the spring and fall. Fishing guides are available for expert tips. The West Virginia Bass Federation hosts fishing tournaments in late summer and fall.
Hiking trails along the lake are chock-full of dramatic vistas, where towering, craggy bluffs slice the shoreline against the refl ected blue of forever. Find foot paths at Long Point, Battle Run, and Salmon Run.
Yes, there is a lighthouse! You can find plenty of information on this unique attraction by visiting the website at Summersville Lake Retreat!
Your visit to Summersville Lake WV will shine in your memory like sun on the water. This is how traditions are born; it might be easy to come for the weekend, but it’s sure not easy to leave!
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