Moncove Lake State Park - Gap Mills, WV - West Virginia State Parks

 
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Welcome to Moncove Lake State Park
Tucked away among the hills on the southeastern edge of the state lies Moncove Lake State Park. Located in the pastoral setting of Monroe County, Moncove Lake State Park seems worlds away from everyday realities. With all park facilities located within easy walking distance, this is the place to enjoy the simple things in life. Local groups and individuals have been using the park for years as a location for social outdoor gatherings, a place to do some quiet reading, take a stroll, or to put a fishing line in the water. In more recent years, campers have discovered the quiet, easy-paced life in this area and have been returning on a regular basis. Even during the busier summer months lazy afternoons are commonplace and a moments rest is only a sunset away. However, for your best chance at total quiet and solitude the spring and fall seasons present the best opportunities. Moncove Lake contains 250 acres designated as a state park as well as an adjoining 500 acre Wildlife Management Area and 144 acre lake. Originally created in 1960, the Moncove Lake area was managed as Moncove Lake Hunting and Fishing Area until 1990, when 250 acres was set aside as a state park. The remainder of the land continues to be managed as a Wildlife Management Area. For those who prefer outdoor activities, Moncove Lake and the surrounding area provide ample opportunities for fishing, hunting, boating, swimming, birdwatching, and hiking. Refer to our Recreation page for more information on these activities.

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BIRDING
The area in and around Moncove Lake is a birding hot spot due to nearby Peter's Mountain and the ridge-and-valley section of the Appalachian Mountains. These ridges act as funnels for birds migrating in the fall and present excellent chances to glimpse birds that are considered rare or unusual for this region. Over 160 species of birds, including bald eagles, 15 have been sighted in and around the area surrounding the lake. On Peter's Mountain during peak days in September, Broad Winged hawks are counted by the hundreds, and migrating hawks of nearly every eastern species and numerous songbirds can be seen throughout the month of September and into October. For more information on the fall hawk migration, click on the link below for Hanging Rock Hawk Tower.

BOATING
Rowboats, kayaks, and paddle boats can be rented for a nominal fee. Life jackets are provided for individuals renting boats. Individuals may bring their own trolling motor and battery to use on rowboats, instead of the oars that are provided. Visitors are welcome to bring their own boats, providing that they meet all state regulations and use less than a 5 hp gasoline motor. A boat ramp is available. Guests may dry dock their boats near the boat launch. See rates for boat launch fee. April through October. No lake swimming is allowed.

FISHING
Moncove Lake is 144 acres with excellent fishing opportunities for largemouth bass, bluegill, trout, catfish, walleye, and yellow perch were stocked in the lake. A West Virginia fishing license is required.

HAWK MIGRATION - FALL
Witness the annual migration of birds of prey as they travel the eastern flyway passing through Monroe County, WV. This migration typically begins in early September through October, however, late September usually brings the most sightings. Most eastern species of hawks can be sighted

HIKING
There are five hiking trails on the park and surrounding Wildlife Management Area that guests can enjoy. The trails are relatively short with the longest being around 2 miles, although the terrain may cause them to seem longer. Anyone interested in longer or sustained hikes may want to investigate the nearby Allegheny Trail on Peter's Mountain which runs the length of the state, the southern terminus of which connects to the Appalachian Trail. While hiking in our area, you are almost certain to encounter some of the wildlife found here. Be on the lookout for white-tail deer, turkey, fox, bobcat, coyote, squirrels, chipmunks, and beaver.

HUNTING
Hunting is allowed on the 500 acres of land which is used for wildlife management. The area is managed for small game, however deer and wild turkey abound. Ducks and Geese can be hunted during the regular migratory hunting season. While in the state park all guns, bows and broadheads must be in an approved case. The campground is open year round to accommodate hunters.

PICNICKING
Three picnic shelters are available to be reserved. Reservations can be made by calling the park office. There are also picnic areas for groups of varying sizes with grills and tables at each area and bathroom facilities and water nearby. There are two playground areas in the picnic area. For rates, click here.

SWIMMING
Open Memorial Day weekend and operate from 11am - 6pm on weekends and holidays until Monroe County Schools are released for summer on June 7. The pool will open on the summer schedule on June 9, 2016 from 11am - 6pm on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The pool is closed on Monday and Wednesday with the exception of national holidays. The pool will be closed July 29 due to lifeguard shortage. The pool will close for the 2016 season on Thursday, August 11th at 6pm.

CAMPING
Moncove Lake State Park campground features 25 campsites with 30 amp electric hook-ups and 23 non-electric sites. Sites are gravel based, with the exception of three of the electric sites which are paved allowing for more greater mobility. Moncove's campground features two bathhouses, both equipped with flush toilets and hot water showers. All sites are suitable for either tent or trailer and feature picnic tables and grills. A dump station and centrally located sources of water are available for camping units. Campsites with electric hookups are within range to wireless internet access. There are currently no reservable campsites making all 48 sites at Moncove Lake available on a first-come first-served basis. There is no park entrance fee to enjoy Moncove Lake State Park. Firewood and ice are available for purchase. Pet dogs and cats are welcome as long as they are kept on a leash and remain quiet.

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