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Sutton Lake Picnic Shelters — Elk River Wildlife Management Area

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During the construction and replacement of the Downstream Restroom in the Downstream area, shelters #1 and #2 will not have electricity or water. A portable vault toilet will be available during construction phase. Please use caution while visiting Sutton Lake Down Stream Area. Periodically the ADA Fishing Access Ramp near the restroom will be closed for public safety while construction crews are working in the area. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause! For more information please call the Sutton Lake Project Office at 304.765.2816


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Sutton Lake


Sutton Lake Picnic Shelters overlook Sutton Lake and the Elk River in central West Virginia, 70 miles north of Charleston and 60 miles south of Clarksburg. The area provides a wide variety of recreational activities, including boating, swimming, fishing and hiking.


Sutton Lake's five recreation areas offer many recreation opportunities for visitors. Three campground have sites available for reservation or on a first come, first serve basis. Boat may be launched in all of the lakeside recreation areas. Below Sutton Dam, there is a small boat ramp accessing the Elk River. All three Day Use Areas have fishing platforms. Kids love the playgrounds. Anglers find plentiful bass, crappie, catfish and sunfish in the lake. Below the dam, the Elk River is well-known for its muskie and walleye fishing, and trout are stocked in the Tailwaters. Fire roads and hunting trails in the surrounding lands provide great hiking and biking opportunities around Sutton Lake and at the nearby Elk River Wildlife Management Area.


Sutton Lake Day Use Areas offers five picnic shelters, each with six to eight picnic tables and a large charcoal grill. Shelters 1 and 2 are in the Downstream Area, overlooking the Elk River. Both shelters have water and electric hook-ups and Shelter 1 is accessible. There is a playground, fishing pier, small boat access, horseshoe pits and corn hole in the area. Other facilities include a large parking area and accessible flush toilets. Shelters 3 and 4 overlook Sutton Lake from the Bee Run Day Use Area. Water and electric hookups are available at each shelter. Amenities include a playground, a large beach, and the Sutton Lake Marina. Area facilities include flush toilets and ample parking. Shelter 4 is ADA accessible, although there is not direct ADA access to the restroom facilities.

Natural Features

Sutton Dam is an impressive 210' tall and 1178' wide concrete dam, backing up Sutton Lake, which covers 1440 acres as it winds 14 miles up the Elk River. Many quiet coves can be found along its 40 miles of shoreline. The lake is surrounded by rolling hills wooded with mixed stands of oak, hickory, poplar and cherry trees. Wildlife, including deer, bears, turkeys, squirrels, ruffed grouse, Canada geese and other waterfowl are abundant in the area.

Nearby Attractions

Sutton Lake Marina is nearby in the Bee Run Area. It is a private concession with a snack bar, boat and slip rentals and more. Camping is available at Gerald Freeman, Bakers Run and Bee Run Campgrounds. The Elk River Wildlife Management Area contains nearly 18,000 acres of public hunting lands. The terrain is diverse and divided into the Elk River and Holly River sections. The Elk River section consists primarily of steep hills, ridges and benches, where the Holly River section is on the north side of the lake and consists of forested hills and open farmlands.

Fee Info

<p>Shelters 1, 2, 3 and 4 are $80 per day. All shelters are First Come First Serve unless otherwise reserved.</p>
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Reviewed Jul. 23, 2016

Sitting lake west virginia

This place has the most beautiful crystal clear water and not over crowded. Great for peaceful fishing and water sports. Three different campsites but no cabins so pack up that tent!

Jill R.
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2016

Excellent fishing

This place had excellent fishing it seems like every time I cast it out I would real my line back in with a fish I had cut many bluegills as well as a ton of rock bass and smallmouth bass it was such a fun place to go fishing I highly recommend it especially for the new features they will definitely get hooked on fishing!!


Sutton Lake Picnic Shelters — Elk River Wildlife Management Area is located in West Virginia

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Shelters 1, 2 and 3 are located at the Sutton Dam. From I-79, take Exit 62 toward Sutton/Gassaway. Turn left on SR-4, approximately 2 miles into Sutton. Turn right at the stop sign, cross the Elk River, and turn left to the dam. Shelters 4 and 5 are located in the Bee Run Day-Use Area. From I-79, take Exit 67 toward Flatwoods. Turn right on SR-4. Go 1 mile to SR-15 and turn left. Continue a mile to Bee Run Day-Use Area and turn right. NOTE: GPS directions are not always accurate.


P.O. BOX 426
Sutton, WV 26601-0426


38.6563889 N
80.6819444 W

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