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Beech Fork Lake & East Lynn Lake Regional Master Plan

Huntington District
Published Jan. 3, 2024
Beech Fork Lake

Beech Fork Lake

East Lynn Lake

View of lake with tree

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Huntington District is beginning the public involvement phase of the Beech Fork Lake & East Lynn Lake projects Regional Master Plan revision. This stage is to inform the public of the revision process and receive public input. Huntington District is providing an online public participation presentation to inform and receive public input to begin the process of revising the master plan.

Normally, USACE would conduct a face-to-face public workshop to announce the start of the revision and to request comments from the public. However, precautions associated with the COVID-19 virus have made it necessary to conduct the public involvement process online instead of hosting a face-to-face workshop.

Some older Master Plan documents and maps are available to download at the bottom of the page. You will also find a fillable comment form to submit comments regarding the Regional Master Plan. Provided below is the public presentation. 

About Beech Fork Lake and East Lynn Lake

Beech Fork Lake and East Lynn Lake are located in the Twelvepole Creek Basin which is a 441 square-mile area within the Ohio River Basin. East Lynn Lake is located on the East Fork of Twelvepole Creek which flows northward to Twelvepole Creek.  Beech Fork Lake is located on Beech Fork of Twelvepole Creek which flows northward to Twelvepole Creek which then discharges to the Ohio River near Huntington, WV.  Beech Fork and East Lynn Lakes are the only flood risk management projects in the Twelvepole Creek Basin and the lakes are operated as a system.  The Basin includes portions of Cabell, Lincoln, Mingo, and Wayne Counties. The basin is on the western slopes of the Appalachian Mountains in western WV near the Kentucky (KY) border. 

What is a Master Plan?

The Master Plan is the strategic land use management document that guides the comprehensive management and development of all project recreational, natural, and cultural resources throughout the life of the water resources project. Revision of the Master Plan will not address in detail the technical operational aspects of the reservoir related to the water supply or flood risk management missions of the project. As both projects are in close proximity to each other, the revision will result in a single document addressing both projects in the form of a Regional Master Plan.

Why Revise the Beech Fork Lake & East Lynn Lake Master Plans?

The current Master Plan at Beech Fork Lake and East Lynn Lake are outdated and do not comply with current USACE guidance regarding master plans. Changes have occurred over time and need to be captured to reflect the current and future management of the projects. The current master plans and land classifications are in need of revision to address changes in regional land use, population, outdoor recreation trends, and USACE management policy. Key topics to be addressed in the revised Regional Master Plan include revised land classifications, new natural and recreational resource management objectives, recreation facility needs, and special topics such as invasive species management and protection of sensitive wildlife habitat. Public participation is critical to the successful revision of the Master Plan.

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