Summersville Lake

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Summersville Lake

West Virginia

(304) 872-3412

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Summersville Lake is located near the town of Summersville in Nicholas County, West Virginia. With nearly 2,800 acres and 60 miles of shoreline, it is West Virginia's largest lake. The lake boasts exceptional water clarity and a scenic contrast of terrain ranging from rolling hills to vertical rock cliffs. Water releases from Summersville Dam create world class rafting through the Gauley River National Recreation Area. Nearly one million visitors are attracted to Summersville Lake annually for exceptional boating, rock climbing, camping, picnicking, hunting, fishing, scuba diving, and hiking opportunities.

Map of Summersville Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 38.207972, -80.869331



  • Boating

    Boat ramps are located at Battle Run, Salmon Run, and Long Point and winter boat launch access is provided at the Damsite Picnic Area and Salmon Run. A Day Use Fee is charged for boat launching. Frequent boat launchers may purchase an Annual Day Use Pass at the Summersville Lake Project Office or at Battle Run Campground. The America the Beautiful - the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass (along with Golden Age and Golden Access Passport Cards) may be used for a discount.

  • Bicycling

    Bicycles are permitted on main roads and campground areas, with mountain biking allowed on all trails. Under West Virginia law, all riders under the age of 15 years MUST wear a helmet

  • Camping

    Camping at Summersville Lake is restricted to developed camping areas only. Shoreline and random camping is prohibited. The Battle Run Campground is a class A Corps operated campground with 117 campsites (110 with 30 amp electric, 7 walk-in tent sites), and 2 shower houses with washers and dryers. Pets are prohibited. The campground is open May 1 until Columbus Day All campsites at Battle Run are reservable from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day. Before Memorial Day Weekend and after Labor Day the campground is operated on a "first come first serve" basis

  • Climbing

    Contact the park for more information.

  • Fishing

    The State of West Virginia periodically stocks trout in the tail waters below the dam. West Virginia fishing licenses are required for fishing in the lake.

  • Hiking

    Foot trails are located at Battle Run, Salmon Run, and Long Point.

  • Hunting

    Wildlife management is a shared responsibility with the Department of Natural Resources and the Corps managing the fish and wildlife programs by habitat improvement, nesting site development, and food-plot programs for the benefit of many fish and wildlife species.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic shelters are located at the Dam Site Picnic Area and Battle Run Beach. Shelters are available on a first come - first served basis except when reserved, and shelter reservations can be made 12 months in advance. There are also picnic tables at all recreation areas on the Summersville Lake project.

  • RVing

    Contact the park for more information.

  • Water Sports

    A 1,000' swimming beach is located in the Battle Run Area. Lifeguards are not provided. Swim at your own risk. Pets and alcohol prohibited at the beach. A use fee is charged for swimming. Swimming is prohibited on boat ramps.

Park Partners

Summersville Lake Marina and Sarges Dive Shop

Summersville Lake Marina is located at the Long Point Area. There is a day use fee for boat launching.

(304) 872-1331



From Route 19 take Route 129 to the dam, office and lake.

Phone Numbers


(304) 872-3412

Campground reservations

(877) 444-6777