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Discover Sutton Lake, WV

With 45 miles of shoreline, this lake attracts fishing and boating enthusiasts. Located in the wooded hills of central West Virginia, the project office is 1 mi E of Sutton, off I-79.

Sutton LakeU.S. Army Corps of Engineers
P.O. Box 426, South Stonewall Street
Sutton, WV 26601-0426
Phone: (304) 765-2816

Website: Sutton Lake


Sutton Lake covers 1440 acres. It is a  beautiful lake, winding 14 miles along the Elk River, with many coves along its 40 miles of shoreline. The lake is 125 feet deep at the dam. Sutton Dam is located just above the Town of Sutton, 101 miles above the mouth of the Elk River in Charleston.

It is a concrete-gravity structure 210 feet high, 1,178 feet long, and 195 feet wide at the base. It controls a 537 square mile drainage area, including the upper Elk River, and the Holly River. Sutton Dam was built primarily for flood control on the Elk, Kanawha and Ohio Rivers. During periods of flooding, water is stored behind the dam, frequently reducing the severity of flooding below the dam.

It was completed in 1961 at a cost of $35 million. In 26 years, it has reduced flood damages by more than $258 million dollars. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operates and maintains the dam


Picnic sites are available in all recreation areas. There are five picnic shelters in the Day Use Areas at Sutton Lake. Two shelters are located in the Tailwaters Day Use Area and the Bee Run Day Use Area, and one is located at the South Abutment Day Use Area. Shelters may be reserved in advance for a small fee.

  • Recreation Area with Picnic Area
  • Bee Run Day Use Area $
  • Downstream $
  • South Abutment $

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