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Summersville Lake Shelters


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Summersville Lake


Summersville Lake Shelters are conveniently located just south of Summersville, West Virginia, on the shores of the largest lake in the state. Superb water quality and sheer sandstone cliffs make Summersville Lake a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts.


The 2700-acre lake provides excellent boating, water skiing, swimming and scuba diving. Anglers will find large and smallmouth bass, walleye, panfish, and catfish. Trout are stocked below the dam in spring and fall. Visitors also enjoy the great hiking, biking, hunting and picnicking opportunities on the lands surrounding the lake. Whitewater rafting is available year-round on the world class Gauley River. The Summersville Lake area also offers technical rock climbing.


This day-use area has four large group picnic shelters, offering an ideal retreat for parties or family functions. Amenities include flush toilets and drinking water.

Natural Features

Scenic Summersville Lake is known for its striking cliffs and quiet coves along 60 beautiful miles of shoreline. Dense forests of maple, oak, hickory, beech and birch trees cover the region. Wildlife, including black bear, deer, grouse and turkey, is abundant in the area.

Nearby Attractions

The historic Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park is a 10-minute drive from the campground. The park offers a museum, three Gauley River overlooks and hiking trails. Summersville Lake Marina and Sarge's Dive Shop are 11 miles away, offering kayak and pontoon boat rentals. The town of Summersville, another five miles north, has several grocery stores, restaurants and service stations.

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Summersville Lake Shelters is located in West Virginia

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From Summersville. West Virginia, take Highway 19 south for 5 miles to the campground.


Summersville, WV 26651


38.2211111 N
80.8938889 W

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Aspen H.
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2022

Love summersville lake!

Tons of deep water soloing routes on the lake, pontoon boats, kayaking, giant air mattress floaters, etc. rock climbing when they shut the dams since the water level is so low. Legend has it there is a old town under the lake that people will scuba dive to. I love climbing the rocks, hiking, and hanging out. There is a rock across the street from the freeways parking. Pussy rock is what they call it. You can camp over there but I do not recommend it. I got a fire fee after boat squad shut me and my friends down. And that was them being nice.

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