Tygart Lake State Park - Grafton, WV - West Virginia State Parks

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Welcome to Tygart Lake State Park 
Tygart Lake State Park is a cozy, quiet getaway for couples and families. It sits among West Virginia's rolling hills and alongside 10-mile long, 1,750-acre Tygart Lake. It's also perfect for small group conferences and retreats and is a favorite spot for family reunions. Tygart Lake visitors enjoy great fishing and boating (seasonal) on the mountain-stream fed waters of the lake. Guests that kayak or canoe find mid-week days best for this pursuit. Tygart Lodge overlooks the lake and offers some of the most comfortable and appealing guest rooms in West Virginia's renowned state park system. In addition to the lake, Tygart features five hiking trails, camping, and two gift shops. Programs and recreation activities are offered in summer months. A number of historical and popular attractions are near the park. Tygart Lake is a flood control lake protecting areas from West Virginia to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During the summer months the lake is held at a relatively normal water level. Between mid-September and April, the lake is drawn down in anticipation of heavier precipitation. The bass fishing is excellent and trout stocking occurs in the tailwaters. Tygart Lake Lodge is open year-round. The vacation cabins are open mid-April through December 31. The campground is open from mid-April until late autumn.

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Perched on a promontory overlooking the lake, Tygart Lake lodge has twenty rooms. Sixteen of the lodge rooms have two queen beds. Four executive rooms offering a deck overlooking the lake, with two of the executive rooms featuring two queen beds, while the other two feature a king size bed and sleeper sofa. All of our rooms offer air conditioning, refrigerator, and microwave, iron, ironing board and modern single serve coffee maker. Two of the executive rooms feature two queen beds while the other two feature a king size bed and sleeper sofa.

Tygart Lake State Park offers 11 modern vacation cottages. Modern in design, the wood-paneled cabins feature fireplaces, electric and propane heat, modern kitchens and baths, and are completely furnished for housekeeping with cooking utensils, dishes, linens, towels and blankets. Cabin 11 is the only cabin with air conditioning. Cabins can be reserved with a two day minimum, and required weekly rentals on specific dates throughout the summer.

Tygart Lake State Park Campground is open from mid-April through October weather permitting. The campground is located at the end of the park road, approximately three miles from the east entrance of the park. The campground offers 14 electric sites and 26 standard sites for a total of 40 camping sites. We do not offer full hookup sites. Each site has a fire ring and picnic table. Water is located at the fountain directly to the right of the check in office and at the fountain centered in the road circle at the end of the campground. The sewage dumping station is located at the far end of the swimming area parking lot, approximately one mile from the campground and is set up for dumping upon departure. The centrally located bathhouse offers hot showers and toilets for campers. Two trails lead from the campground to the lake side. One trail starts from the final campground parking area near site #33 while the other starts just below campsite 21. Each trail is approximately 300 yards long, depending on current lake level. Bagged ice, firewood, snacks and other amenities are for sale at the check-in station. Tygart Lake State Park campground offers forest views only. The lake cannot be seen from our campground. One tent or camping unit per site. Pets permitted on a leash.

Boats may be rented from the marina. Depending on lake conditions, the Marina is open May 15 through September 15. The marina offers fishing boats, pontoon boats, and slip rentals by the hour, 1/2 day or full day(s).

Tygart Lake State Park, Grafton West VirginiaTygart Lake is considered by many to be one of the best bass waters in the area and fishing its deep waters can be a rewarding and exciting experience. In addition, anglers will find abundant walleye, musky, crappie, perch, bullhead catfish, carp, northern pike and numerous pan fish. All fish found in Tygart Lake are sustained through natural reproduction rather than by stocking, attesting to the exceptional water quality of the lake. Fishing for golden rainbow trout, which are periodically stocked in the tail waters of Tygart Dam, is also popular with many anglers. The best months for smallmouth and largemouth bass are April through June, September and October. Walleye are best caught during September and October. For crappie, try April, May, October and November. Channel catfish can be caught June through September. Fish attractors, marked by floating buoys, help provide good fishing spots. All coves are posted as no wake zones as well. Many trophy fish have been caught in Tygart Lake waters. There is no fee to fish in the lake; however, anglers must possess a West Virginia fishing license.

Tygart Lake has several cache sites.

Tygart Lake State Park has three gift shops. Our lodge gift shop is located in the lodge lobby. Another gift shop is located beside our Nature Center. The third and smallest gift shop is at our campground.

Tygart Lake State Park is near Tygart Lake Public Golf Course and Bel Meadow Golf Club. Tygart Lake Golf Course is located approximately five minutes from Tygart Lake State Park Lodge, while Bel Meadows is approximately a 30 minute drive.

Tygart Lake offers five hiking trails. Map and trail guides are available to assist in planning the right length and duration for your hike.

Tygart Lake is a most tranquil area for kayaking and canoeing. Miles and miles of shoreline offer abundant wildlife viewing opportunities. One is certain to experience nature in a most intimate way, when silently gliding along the clear blue waters of this lake. Optimal nature viewing times are early mornings and the last two hours of daylight. The best days for exploring the Tygart Lake by canoe or kayak are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Weekend motorboat traffic can make navigating the main channel on the challenging side, due to increased wave action. However, all coves on Tygart Lake are No Wake zones. These areas are an oases amidst the busy weekend motor boat traffic in the main channel. Tygart Lake offers one person and tandem kayaks for rent by the hour, day or multi –day. Several of the one person recreational kayaks have fishing rod holders Price includes lifejacket, paddle and instructions. Kayak rentals are available at the beach from Memorial through Labor Day weekends.

The park Naturalist offers a variety of programs on the park's natural and cultural history. Programs and tours can be arranged for groups. These are available during the summer, Memorial Day through Labor Day and at other times by special request.

Our picnic shelters are perfect for family reunions, family outings, catered functions, parties, cookouts and are available for reservation during the summer season. Reservations are recommended for summer weekends and holidays.

Size: 28 ft. x 40 ft.
Seats: 60 - 65 people
Features: Handicapped accessible, electricity, and two grills
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Size: 20 ft. x 24 ft.
Seats: 30 - 35 people
Features: electricity, and one grill
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Swimming at Tygart Lake is at the beach area at Tygart Lake State Park. Hours of operation are from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Closed on Monday and Tuesday. Lake swimming is open in designated swimming areas. There is no fee to swim. Swimming is at your own risk and without lifeguards. Tygart Lake Beach will be open May 29 2017 through September 4, 2017. Open weekends only starting August 19, 2017. Open Labor Day (Monday). The swimming areas closes after Labor Day for the summer seasons. There is no fee to swim. Swimming is at your own risk and without lifeguards. Enjoy lake swimming. Swim safe. The beach area has a gift shop, snacks, new bath and shower areas, picnic and grill areas, volleyball, horseshoe and Bocce ball courts.



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