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East Lynn Lake

Huntington District
Published Jan. 5, 2024
East Lynn Lake

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Reservations, Fees & Passes

Campground Fee:
$40 per night - Regular Sites
$30 per night - Waterfront Sites

Other Reservation Fee:
$80 per day (weekend) - Group Shelter/Electric
$40 per day (weekday) - Group Shelter/Electric

East Lynn Lake is located on the East Fork of Twelvepole Creek, 10 miles south of Wayne, WV, on State Route 37. East Lynn Lake was constructed primarily for flood control, water quality, fish management, and recreation.  There is a total of 24,821 acres of project lands and waters at East Lynn.

The East Lynn Dam, a rolled earth fill dam, 133 feet high and 652 feet long, serves as a flood control facility along East Fork of Twelvepole Creek, and the Ohio River. East Lynn Lake is 12 miles long with 1005 acres of water at summer pool and 44 miles of shoreline.

The West Virginia Department of Natural Resources manages 22,928 acres for Fish, Wildlife, and Forestry Management under a license agreement with the Corps of Engineers.

Handicapped Access
Universally Accessible Facilities are provided at the Project Office, Below Dam Area, Overlook Area, Lakeside Recreation Area, Lick Creek Launch Area, East Fork Launch and Campground Areas, Picnic Sites and Shelters. Accessibility is a continuing process with improvements ongoing as funding allows.

Recreation Opportunities

Visitor Center
The Visitor center is open at the main office Mon thru Fri 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Launch ramps for the boating enthusiasts and fishermen are located at Lakeside Recreation Area, Lick Creek Launch Area and East Fork Camping Area. Water Skiing is a popular activity at East Lynn. There is a launch fee of $3.00 per launch and recover or an Annual Pass may be purchased for $30.00 which permits unlimited use of ramps with no additional fee.  

Camping at East Lynn Lake is available at the East Fork Campground. The campground is a fee area, currently $30 for regular sites and $40 for waterfront sites. All of these sites have electrical hookups. The campground also provides a sanitary dump station, restrooms with showers, launch ramps, water, laundry tubs, horse shoe pits, nature trail, amphitheater, and playgrounds.

Picnic shelters are located at the Below Dam Recreation Area, the Overlook Area, and the Lick Creek Area. All shelters are available on a first come - first served basis EXCEPT WHEN RESERVED IN ADVANCE (a fee is required for reserving a shelter). There are also picnic tables at all recreation areas available on a first come - first served basis on the East Lynn Lake project.  

Shelter reservations can be made one year in advance of arriving date.  Reservations will only be taken by contacting the National Recreation Reservation Service at 1-877-444-6777 or on the internet at recreation.gov.

Example: A shelter reserved for Monday May 27, Memorial Day, 2002; that shelter may be reserved for the 2003 season on Tuesday May 28, 2002 between 7:30am and 4:00pm 

Fishing is allowed from boats and shoreline, in and along East Lynn Lake. A total of 29 fish species have been identified in the lake. Game fish occurring are largemouth, smallmouth, and striped bass, black crappie, red-breast sunfish, walleye, channel catfish and muskellunge. Channel catfish and muskellunge are stocked in the lake annually. Rainbow, Brook, and Brown Trout are stocked in the outflow waters and Lick Creek Pond once per month every February, March, April and May. West Virginia fishing licenses are required.

Hunting is allowed on most of the project away from established Recreational Areas. West Virginia Hunting licenses are required. The West Virginia Dept. of Natural Resources manages the wildlife resources under a license agreement with the Corps

The Lakeside Recreation Area Marina and Concession offers dock spaces, boat equipment and repairs, rentals, snack bar, related goods and services and a marine dump station. The Lakeside phone number is (304)-849-2856 and is open seasonaly. Corps operated facilities at the Lakeside Recreation Area includes a picnic area, restrooms interpretive trail and viewing area.

A designated swim area is established in the East Fork Area.

Bicycles are permitted on main roads and campground areas. Contact a Park Attendant or Ranger for the location of areas conducive to off-road bicycling. Under West Virginia law, all riders under the age of 12 years MUST wear a protective helmet.

There is no established horseback riding trails but many backcountry roads are open and available for use at East Lynn Lake.

Foot trails (Hiking) are located at the Visitor's Center, Lake Side Recreation Area, Lick Creek Launch Area, and East Fork Camping Area. All trails are marked.

Rules & Regulations

General Policies
A full list of Federal regulations that apply to all US Army Corps of Engineers properties can be found in Title 36 of the United States Code (USC). Title 36, The Rules and Regulations that Govern Corps of Engineers Water Resource Projects.

Possession of firearms in a federal facility, including locks, dams, power plants, ranger stations, buildings, switchyards, recreation facilities, warehouses, and offices is strictly prohibited. This prohibition includes the storage or transporting of a personally owned firearm in controlled access parking areas or Government vehicles, heavy equipment, boats and vessels under the operational control of the District regardless of its location. Exceptions for Federal employees are only allowed for Federal law enforcement officers or where possession of a firearm is specifically authorized by law.

Fireworks, along with explosives, firearms and other weapons are prohibited on Government Property. Detailed information can be found in Title 36, The Rules and Regulations that Govern Corps of Engineers Water Resource Projects, Section 327.13.

East Lynn Lake
683 Overlook Trail Road
East Lynn, WV 25512-8014

304-849-9861 for a recorded message providing updated lake informatio

  • January

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    Campers may now make their reservations 180 days in advance and picnic shelter reservations 360 days
  • April

    2024 Huntington District Campground Schedule

    Campers may now make their reservations 180 days in advance and picnic shelter reservations 360 days in advance. Recreation.gov is taking reservations at this toll free telephone number, 1-877-444-6777. Campers can also make reservations on the Web at http://www.recreation.gov/.
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