West Virginia’s largest lake has 2,700 surface acres of water and more than 60 miles of pristine shoreline, which varies from quiet coves to looming cliffs. Summerville Lake is a clean, clear, freshwater lake known as the “Little Bahamas of the East Coast” among diving enthusiasts. The cliffs extend down 100 feet beneath the water’s surface, and scuba divers swim through the boulders and rock gardens and meet the bass, walleye and catfish face to face.
Fishing is beyond great—which is a good news-bad news kind of thing. The good news is the abundance of bass, crappie, catfish, bluegill, walleye and, sometimes, rainbow trout. The bad news is that an incredible number of people know how good the fishing is. There are times the lake is covered with boats, and fishing might not be all that much fun. If you can get out there by 4 a.m., you could have the fishing trip of a lifetime before daybreak.
The lake is closer to Gad than Summersville, but someone realized that “Gad Dam” just wasn’t going to work.
Summersville Lake Retreat
278 Summersville Lake Road (Hwy 129W)
Mt Nebo, WV 26679
Phone: (304) 872-5975
Website: Summersville Lake Retreat