Beech Fork Lake

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Beech Fork Lake

West Virginia

(304) 525-4831

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Overview

Beech Fork Lake is a 720 acre lake in the hills of West Virginia with fishing, swimming and boating opportunities. Camping is available at nearby Beech Fork State Park. Beech Fork Lake is part of the integrated flood reduction system operated by the Corps of Engineers for the entire Ohio River Basin.

There is a 10 horsepower limit on boats. Motors with greater than 10 horsepower must have the propeller removed.

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Latitude, Longitude: 38.307989, -82.349052

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Activities

  • Boating

    Launch ramps for the boating enthusiasts and fishermen are located at the Beech Fork Marina and for campers at the Lower Bowen campground. A use fee is required for use of the Marina Launch Ramp. There is a 10 horsepower limit on boat engines, jointly established by the Corps and the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources. ALL PROPELLERS ON BOATS WITH ENGINES LARGER THAN 10 HORSEPOWER MUST BE REMOVED. This horsepower restriction ensures a pleasurable recreational experience for a wide variety of boating enthusiasts, keeping the lake relatively quiet and undisturbed (ideal for all types of boating). For a rental fee, the privately-operated Beech Fork Lake Marina, located at the dam, provides visitors with docking facilities and rental of motorboats, canoes, paddleboats, and lifejackets. Lake brochures are available at the Visitor Center or from Park Rangers.

  • Camping

    Camping at Beech Fork Lake is restricted to developed camping areas at Beech Fork State Park only (25-30 minute drive from Beech Fork Lake and Dam at Lavalette, WV) - there is no random camping. The use of vehicles off authorized roadways is also prohibited. Beech Fork State Park includes a 275 site campground, day use facilities, and adjoining areas operated by the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Recreation. The campground is a fee area.

  • Fishing

    The Beech Fork Fishery is a shared responsibility. The Department of Natural Resources and the Corps manage the fisheries program by habitat improvement and an aquatic vegetation program which benefits all fish species. The Department of Natural Resources has stocked the lake with Saugeye fry, channel catfish, largemouth bass, black crappie, and hybrid bass. West Virginia fishing licenses are required.

  • Hiking

    Several trails are maintained by the Corps of Engineers at Beech Fork Lake. They are located in the vicinity of Beech Fork Dam, and the Stowers Branch Beach.

  • Historic Sites

    Several old cabin sites along with a rock shelter have been documented with historical/cultural significance at Beech Fork Lake. All natural formations and archaelogical features (artifacts) must not be disturbed.

  • Hunting

    Wildlife management is a shared responsibility. The Department of Natural Resources and the Corps manage the wildlife program by habitat improvement and food-plot programs for the benefit of many wildlife species. West Virginia hunting licenses are required. Contact the project office for a copy of the Beech Fork Lake topographical map which depicts the hunting zones.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic shelters with electric, playgrounds, charcoal grills and restrooms are located upstream and downstream of the dam. All shelters are available on a first come - first served basis except when reserved in advance. Reservations must be made by accessing the National Recreation Reservation Service. Shelters 1, 2, and 3 are universally accessible. There is also a picnic deck located at the Stower's Branch Beach which may be reserved. Picnic tables are available in all recreation areas on the Beech Fork Lake project

Park Partners

Beech Fork Lake Marina

Privately operated Beech Fork Lake Marina, located at the damsite, provides visitors with docking facilities and rental of motorboats, canoes, paddleboats, and lifejackets.

(304) 522-9374

Directions

Driving

From Interstate 64 near Huntington: From Exit 8 take Rt. 152 South toward Wayne, WV. After approximately 7 miles turn left on Beech Fork Road (near Lavalette) and go approximately 3 miles to the Dam site. The Visitor Center is on the right near the dam and the Beech Fork Marina is just past the Visitor Center on Beech Fork Road.

Phone Numbers

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(304) 525-4831

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