Stonewall Jackson Lake
A Premier Recreation Spot
By Ben Crookshanks
Stonewall Jackson Lake, the second largest body of water in West Virginia, is located almost in the center of the state. It was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a flood control project and named for the Civil War general Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson, who was born in nearby Clarksburg.
The lake, part of West Virginias park system, has 2,650 surface acres of water and 82 miles of shoreline. One of the very important side effects of a lake this size is recreation. Stonewall Jackson Lake is one of West Virginias premier fishing spots. There is a variety of sport fish in the lake including bass, catfish, crappie, bluegill, perch, and musky. Approximately 40% of the lake is zoned No Wake.
The marina is one of the largest in the state with 374 boat slips (92 with electric hook-ups). There is a marina store and three boat launching ramps. A bait shop is open from April 1 through October.
If you would like to arrange a gathering at the lake, there is a multi-purpose building that will accommodate 400 people as well as a conference room large enough for
50 to 75 people.
At this time, there is only one picnic shelter. It would be a good idea to make a reservation, but, if it is not reserved, then it is available on a first-come-first-served basis.
The Parks campground has 34 sites, each with electricity, water and sewage hook-ups. There is an activity shelter, playground and nearby restrooms and bathhouse.
The newest addition is a fleet of houseboats for rent three 45 ft. and one 40 footer up to 6 people. They are powered by 90 HP outboard motors. You have your choice of docking at the marina and using the full power and water hook-ups or anchor out on the lake and using the generator. The boats are equipped with A/C and a forced air furnace. On board is a galley style kitchen.
If your taste in recreation leans a little more toward dry land, there is the new Championship Level 18-hole Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course.
Come fall, although there is no hunting allowed in the state park, there are excellent hunting opportunities on the adjacent 18,000 acre stonewall Jackson Wildlife Management Area.
For more Information or to make reservations call (304) 269-0523 or 1-800-CALL WVA. Web site: www.stonewalljacksonsp.com.