Recreation

News and Notices:

UPDATE:  All Recreation Facilities Reopened

All recreation facilities at the Lake Lynn Project, including the South Trail, have been reopened.  Due to ongoing safety concerns related to the coronavirus, COVID-19, all users are obligated to practice “social distancing” – including staying at least six feet away from individuals outside your household – in accordance with state and local regulations.

Park and Trail Information

The South Trail at Cheat Lake Park remains temporarily closed due to trail damage from heavy rains in July 2019.  Permits for repairing the South Trail have been obtained and Lake Lynn Generation is working to schedule the trail repair in cooperation with a local developer.  Once the repair is complete, the South Trail will be reopened and this website will be updated.

The playground, beach/swim area, picnic area, and bathrooms at Cheat Lake Park remain closed until further notice due to safety concerns related to COVID-19.  Portable toilets at Cheat Lake Park and the Tailrace Fishing Area have also been removed.  The remainder of Cheat Lake Park and the Tailrace Fishing Area remain open.  Lake Lynn Generation is closely monitoring this dynamic situation and regularly re-evaluating policies for reopening recreation facilities at Cheat Lake.  Public safety is a priority and Lake Lynn Generation will continue to operate the recreation facilities in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state, and localities.

2020 Cheat Lake Angler Creel Survey

[Update: April 17, 2020, the Creel Survey has been suspended for the 2020 season in light of COVID19 and public safety concerns.]

Lake Lynn Generation, LLC is conducting an angler creel survey with West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in accordance with the Lake Lynn Hydroelectric Project (FERC No. 2459) Aquatic Biomonitoring Plan (2018-2020). The survey is intended to collect information about anglers’ fishing experience and will assist the State in managing the fishery. Surveys will be collected from January 2020 through December 2020 at the following locations:

  • Tailwater Fishing Pier,
  • Cheat Lake Park winter boat ramp,
  • Cheat Lake Park fishing pier at Rubles Run,
  • Cheat Lake Park fishing pier at Morgans Run,
  • Sunset Beach Marina public boat ramp/dock,
  • Ices Ferry Bridge Access,
  • Edgewater Marina, and
  • Cheat Lake Marina.

In-person surveys will be administered on random days throughout 2020. Survey boxes will also be located at the locations above. The survey boxes will contain blank questionnaires that anglers can complete on their own and drop in the survey box. Anglers should look for the survey boxes containing the blank questionnaires and instructions. All anglers are encouraged to complete a questionnaire for each fishing trip.

For more information, please contact Jody Smet with Lake Lynn Generation, LLC at 804-739-0654 or jody.smet@eaglecreekre.com.

Lake Lynn Recreation Plan

In accordance with the FERC Project License, Lake Lynn Generation, LLC submitted an update of the Lake Lynn Recreation Plan to FERC in 2018. Click here to read or download a copy. The next update will be in 2021.

Park & Trail Information

ALERT:  A portion of the south trail was damaged during heavy rains in July 2019 and is currently closed.

On June 7, 2000, Allegheny Energy dedicated a new recreation spot in Monongalia County, W.Va., as a symbol of its commitment to the environment and the community. Located adjacent to its Lake Lynn Power Station and overlooking the picturesque Cheat Lake, Cheat Lake Park and Trail is a first-class facility that can be enjoyed by families from across the region.

In the 1920s, this 20-acre site was known as West Penn Beach, and employees were able to rent company-owned vacation cottages overlooking the lake. Today, visitors to the facility are welcome to bike or enjoy a nature walk along the 4.5-mile trail.The 12-foot-wide, handicapped accessible trail follows the Lake Lynn shoreline along an abandoned railroad right-of-way leading to a nature viewing area at the southern tip and a fishing platform near the station at the northern tip. To conserve, protect, and enhance the fishing area, we have partnered with the Department of Natural Resources to place recycled Christmas trees at the embayments and in the lake to provide a natural habitat for the fish. We also carefully monitor water quality in the lake, below the dam, and at Point Marion. Other attractions at Cheat Lake Park and Trail include a children’s play area, picnic sites, boat docking facilities, and a free motor boat launch at the Sunset Marina. Our policy is to share our land resources with the public at locations suitable for such purposes. And we play a leading role in ensuring that these areas are compatible with the environment.

Directions to Cheat Lake Park & Trail

From the North: Travel south on US 119 to Uniontown. Just south of Uniontown, Pa., take the Morgantown exit from US 119 to PA 43 South. PA 43 is a toll road requiring 75 cents. It terminates near Gans, Pa. At the last exit of PA 43, turn left toward PA 857.  Turn right on PA 857and follow into WV to Morgan Run Road. (Watch for Morgan Run Road after you pass the very sharp hair-pin turn at Darnell Hollow on PA 857.)  Turn right on Morgan Run Road. It is a very narrow road that becomes a one-lane road at some locations. Watch for the one-lane bridge. Morgan Run Road terminates at Cheat Lake Park.

From the South: Take the Cheat Lake exit from US I-68. Turn left on WV 857 to Morgan Run Road, then turn left onto Morgan Run Road.  It is a very narrow road that becomes a one-lane road in some locations. Watch for the one-lane bridge. Morgan Run Road terminates at Cheat Lake.