Mount Storm Lake - Flatwater Paddling

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Summary

Mount Storm Lake is a popular recreation destination perfect for beginner paddlers and groups.

Written by

Allison Pugh

Distance

0.1 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

139.0 miles

Difficulty

2 of 5 diamonds

Mount Storm Lake is a fairly moderate lake for flatwater paddling. Beginners will find the lake mostly easy to maneuver; but it can have some windy conditions.

Time To Complete

0 hours

Seasonality

All Seasons

The lake is accessible year round. Summer is a popular time, but it gets really busy. To stay warm and avoid the crowds, your best bet is to visit the lake in spring and fall.

Dog Friendly

No

Fees Permits

No

Land Website

Mount Storm Lake

Review

Intro

Created in 1965, Mount Storm Lake is a 1,200-acre reservoir on the Stony River in Grant County, WV. At an altitude of more than 3,200 feet, the lake cools Dominion’s Mount Storm Power Station, which means unusually warm water temperatures throughout the year. The lake rarely drops below 60 degrees.It’s a popular destination for boating, fishing, scuba diving, and flatwater paddling.

What Makes It Great

Mount Storm Lake’s location on the Allegheny Front leads to some windy weather—and some awesome paddling. Because of the windy conditions, the lake has wave action that you don’t usually find on flatwater lakes. These conditions give you just the right amount of whitecaps, bouncing, and splashing, which is really fun, thanks to the surprisingly warm water.

The lake water’s warmth is a particularly special perk to this location because it makes it possible to paddle even during the late fall and winter months, without having to worry about cold water temperatures. But Mount Storm Lake is not just popular because of its warm water. It’s also home to beautiful scenery and views. The majestic mountains in the distance, adorned with wind turbines, make for some pretty spectacular sights.

Who is Going to Love It

Paddlers looking for a relaxing, easy trip will love Mount Storm Lake. Beginners and intermediate paddlers will find the windy waters here to be just the right challenge. It is also the perfect spot for boaters and families looking for a fun, peaceful day trip.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Mount Storm Lake is accessible by taking US Route 50 to WV-42 to WV-93. You can park at the boat launch area near the dam.

Boating is allowed with unlimited horsepower because the lake has no wake zones, speed zones, or other restricted areas. Camping is not allowed.

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39.184325, -79.258506

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