Active Places – Summersville Lake

Army Corps of Engineers at Summersville Lake

West Virginia’s largest lake has over 60 miles of shore line. This mountain lake is almost completely surrounded by West Virginia Department of Natural Resources wildlife protection area. Great trails, boat launches, and climbing routes make this an excellent location for staying active. 

The lake was constructed in 1966 with the 4th highest rock filled dam east of the Mississippi River to control flooding into the Kanawha River and Charleston area. In 2016, Active SWV entered into a co-operative agreement with the Army Corps to provide community programming and water safety education. Well, we often take it one step further and add in environmental conservation programming, too. 

This agreement allows Active SWV Community Captain volunteers access to host group activities. Learn more about becoming or joining a Community Captain here. 

Get Active on the Lake

Start by exploring the trails and shoreline. Use this trails resources page to select a trail that is right for you in Nicholas County at Summersville Lake

Trash Pick Up and Paddle Boarding

October 6th and 16th Community Captains Jennifer Flippin and Neil Lemrow will be providing paddle boards and instruction. Once everyone is ‘on their feet’ the group will explore the shore line looking to collect any trash. 

Reservations will be needed so check back here for signing up! 

Active SWV Hot Spots – Endless Wall & Salmon Run Access

Active SWV has participated in two Leave No Trace Hot Spot projects; Endless Wall Trail in the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve and Salmon Run Access on Summersville Lake. 

Learn more about the 7 principals of Leave No Trace and join us for the next activity