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Beech Fork Lake


Beech Fork Lake

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US Army Corp. of Engineers
5441 Beech Fork Road, 
Lavalette, WV 25535-0600
Phone: (304) 525-4831
Online at: US Army Corp of Engineers


Picnic shelters with electric, playgrounds, charcoal grills and restrooms are located below the dam and above. All shelters are available on a first come - first served basis except when reserved in advance (a $50 fee is required for reserving a shelter).

Picnic shelter 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 Shower's Branch Beach, which may be reserved for $25. Picnic tables are available in all recreation areas on the Beech Fork Lake project.

Recreation Area with Picnic Area

  • Downstream Recreation Area

  • Stower's Branch

  • Upstream Recreation Area

Beech Fork State Park

5601 Long Branch Road
Barboursville, WV 25504
Phone: (304) 528-5794

Beech Fork State Park was officially opened in the winter of 1979 and offers 3,144 acres of some of the best recreation experience in the southwestern section of West Virginia.  Beech Fork is located 12 miles south of Huntington and Barboursville and is just a short drive from Charleston, Cincinnati and Lexington. Developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the mid 1970's, Beech Fork Lake has owned up to its popularity for recreation boating, fishing and wildlife watching experiences.

Many varieties of migratory water fowl, neotropical songbirds, raptors, whitetail deer, fox, even an occasional passing black bear may be viewed while visiting the park. The early spring brings with it the welcome call of different species of frogs and toads. Spring wildflowers are a common sight to hikers and those who look carefully as they walk or bicycle along the roads and trails.

Fishing is one of the most common activities that visitors and overnight guests may enjoy. The lake is known for largemouth and hybrid striped bass, catfish, walleye, saugeye (a cross of walleye and sauger), and bluegill.  A Fishing license is required and is available in the Camper's Corner store located in the Administration Building. The store is open for business March 15 through October 31.

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