Lakes in West Virginia
Alpine Lake, West Virginia
Bluestone Lake, West Virginia
Cheat Lake, West Virginia
Crystal Lake, West Virginia
East Lynn Lake, West Virginia (Wayne County)
Flat Top Lake, West Virginia
Mirror Lake, West Virginia
Moncove Lake, West Virginia
Pentenwell Lake, West Virginia
Spring Lake, West Virginia
Stonecoal Lake, West Virginia
Stonewall Jackson Lake, West Virginia (Lewis County)
Summersville Lake, West Virginia (Nicholas County)
Sutton Lake, West Virginia
Tygart Lake, West Virginia
Bluestone Lake , reservoir, S W.Va. and S Va., on New R., 2 mi/3.2
km SSW of Hinton; c.36 mi/58 km long; 80°54'N 31°37'W. Max. capacity
631,000 acre-ft. Bluestone R. enters from SW to form a c.8-mi/12.9-km W
arm. Formed by Bluestone Dam (165 ft/50 m high) built (1948) for flood
control and power generation. Bluestone State Park in N, near dam;
Bluestone Wildlife Management Area surrounds most of lake.
East Lynn Lake ,
reservoir, Wayne co., SW W.Va., on Twelvepole R., 25 mi/40 km S of
Huntington; 37°37'N 81°17'W. Max. capacity 3,700 acre-ft. Formed by E.
Lynn Dam (110 ft/34 m high).
Stonewall Jackson Lake
, reservoir, Lewis co., central W.Va., on West Fork, 22 mi/35 km WSW of
Clarksburg; 39°00'N 80°28'W. Max. capacity 145,000 acre-ft. Formed by
Stonewall Jackson Dam (95 ft/29 m high), built (1986) for flood control;
also used for water supply and recreation. Stonewall Jackson L. State
Park near dam.
, reservoir, Nicholas co., central W.Va., on Gauley R., 6 mi/9.7 km SW
of Summersville; 6 mi/9.7 km long; 80°53'N 38°12'W. Max. capacity
390,800 acre-ft. Formed by Summersville Dam (342 ft/104 m high), built
(1965) by the Army Corps of Engineers for water storage. Summersville L.
Wildlife Management Area surrounds lake, Gauley R. Natl. Recreation Area
According to WVdot.com The Ohio river, Kanawha river, Big Sandy river,
Little Kanawha river and the Monongahela Rivers have influenced the
lives of 1.2 million West Virginians over the years living within the
twenty-two river counties. Historically, the Ohio River and its
tributaries have been one of the major waterways in the United States.
This river system has been instrumental in the economic and industrial
development of West Virginia, the Ohio River Valley and the United
Other Rivers in West Virginia
Big Coal River, West Virginia (Raleigh County)
Bluestone, West Virginia
Buckhannon River, West Virginia (Randolph County)
Cacapon River, West Virginia (Hardy County)
Cheat River, West Virginia
Coal River, West Virginia
Dry Fork, West Virginia
Elk River, West Virginia (Pocahontas County)
Gauley River, West Virginia
Gauley River, West Virginia (Pocahontas County)
Greenbrier River, West Virginia (Pocahontas County)
Guyandotte River, West Virginia (Raleigh County)
Hughes River, West Virginia (Ritchie County)
Kanawha, West Virginia (Fayette County)
Laurel Fork, West Virginia (Randolph County)
Little Kanawha River, West Virginia (Upshur County)
Lost River, West Virginia
Meadow River, West Virginia (Summers County)
Mud River, West Virginia (Boone County)
New River Gorge National River, West Virginia
Ohio River, West Virginia
Pocatalico River, West Virginia (Roane County)
Shavers Fork, West Virginia (Pocahontas County)
Tug Fork, West Virginia (McDowell County)
Tygart, West Virginia (Pocahontas County)
West Fork, West Virginia (Upshur County)
Youghiogheny River, West Virginia (Preston County)
Big Coal River , c.55 mi/89 km long, W central W.Va.; formed in NW
Raleigh co., 20 mi/32 km W of Beckley, by joining of Marsh and Clear
forks (both c.35 mi/56 km long); flows NW to Kanawha R. at St. Albans.
Bituminous-coal mining in its valley. Also called Coal R.
Bluestone River ,
Natl. Wild and Scenic River and Riverway ( 7 sq mi/18.1 sq km), Summers
and Mercer cos., S W.Va., c.18 mi/29 km SSE of Beckley; consists of c.10
mi/16 km of the lower Bluestone R. immediately above its entrance to
Bluestone L. reservoir (SW); 37°37'N 80°56'W. Fishing, hiking, boating;
known for its scenery.
Buckhannon River ,
c.45 mi/72 km long, central W.Va.; formed in SW Randolph co. by junction
of short Right and Left forks; flows generally N, past Buckhannon, to
Tygart R. 6 mi/9.7 km SSW of Philippi.
Cacapon River ,
c.115 mi/185 km long; rises in S Hardy co., NE W.Va., as Lost R., flows
c.25 mi/40 km NNE, submerged as an underground stream for c.5 mi/8 km,
then emerges just W of Wardensville as Cacapon R.; then flows c.85
mi/137 km NNE to the Potomac R. at Great Cacapon village; 39°04'N
78°38'W. Lost R. State Park (c.3,712 acres/1,502 ha) is 2 mi/3.2 km W of
the upper Lost R., with camping, picnicking, and recreational facilities
and mineral springs.
Cheat River , c.75
mi/121 km long, E W.Va. and SW Pa.; formed by junction of Shavers Fork
and Laurel Fork rivers at Parsons, W.Va., in Monongahela Natl. Forest;
flows N past Rowlesburg and NW through Cheat R. reservoir (dam just S of
state line), to Monongahela R. at Point Marion, Pa. Lower river's gorge
is 1,000 ft/305 m deep. White-water rafting. Civil War battle of
Corrick's Ford fought at Parsons.
Dry Fork River,
c.35 mi/56 km long, in S W.Va.; rises in S McDowell, near Va. state
line, 15 mi/24 km W of Bluefield; flows NW past War and Bradshaw to Tug
Fork R. at Iaeger.
Elk River , 172 mi/277 km long, central W.Va. Rises in central
Pocahontas co., in the Allegheny Mts., N of Marlinton; flows N then W,
past Webster Springs, generally NW through Sutton L. reservoir (Elk R.
Wildlife Management Area), past Sutton, then SW past Clay and Clendenin,
to Kanawha R. at Charleston.
104 mi/167 km long, SE W.Va.; rises in the Allegheny Mts. in W
Pocahontas co., NW of Marlinton; flows generally WSW, past Summersville,
and through Summersville L. reservoir (Wildlife Management Area) and Gauley R.; 38°24'N 80°14'W. Natl. Recreation Area, joins New R. 2 mi/3.2
km S of Gauley Bridge to form Kanawha R. Carnifex Ferry State Park ( 275
acres/111 ha) is on its banks, 7 mi/11.3 km SW of Summerville; marks
scene of Civil War engagement (1861) won by Union troops. White-water
Greenbrier River ,
c.165 mi/266 km long, E W.Va., formed by junction of West Fork and East
Fork (both c.15 mi/24 km long), just S of Durbin, in NE Pocahontas co.;
flows generally SSW, past Marlinton, Ronceverte, and Alderson, to New
R., just S of Hinton. Greenbrier R. Trail follows river's central
Guyandotte River ,
166 mi/267 km long, SW W.Va.; rises in S Raleigh co. SSW of Beckley,
near Sophia; flows SW, W (through R. D. Bailey L. reservoir), and NNW
past Gilbert, Logan, and Barboursville, to Ohio R. at Huntington.
18 mi/29 km long, NW W.Va.; formed in E Ritchie co. by junction of North
Fork (c.50 mi/80 km long; flows generally SW) and South Fork (c.40 mi/64
km long; flows generally W); flows W, through Hughes R. Wildlife
Management Area, to Little Kanawha R., 12 mi/19 km SE of Parkersburg.
river, 97 mi/156 km long, W.Va., formed by the confluence of the New and
Gauley rivers, NW Fayette co., S central W.Va., 35 mi/56 km ESE of
Charleston. Flows NW past Smithers, Charleston, St. Albans, and
Winfield, to the Ohio R. at Point Pleasant. There are rich coal, natural
gas, and salt-brine deposits in the region, and numerous chemical plants
along the river. There are navigation locks and power dams on the river,
navigable to Charleston.
Laurel Fork ,
river, c.50 mi/80 km long, E W.Va.; rises in E Randolph co.; flows NNE,
receives Gandy Creek from S and Glady Creek from SW, turns WNW, joins
Shavers Fork at Parsons to form Cheat R.
Little Kanawha River c.160 mi/257 km long, central and NW W.Va.; rises in S
Upshur co.; flows generally W through Burnsville L. reservoir (Wildlife
Management Area), past Burnsville, Glenville, and Grantsville, then NW
to Ohio R. at Parkersburg; receives Hughes R. from E, 12 mi/19 km SE of
Meadow River , 53
mi/85 km long, S central W.Va.; rising on Keeney Knob in N Summers co.;
flows generally NW, through Meadow R. Wildlife Management Area, to
Gauley R. 14 mi/23 km E of Gauley Bridge; lower 5 mi/8 km in Gauley R.
Natl. Recreation Area.
Mud River , 72
mi/116 km long, W W.Va.; rises in W Boone co. W of Madison; flows NNW
and W past Milton to Guyandotte R. at Barboursville, near Ohio R.
New River Gorge
National River ( 97 sq mi/251 sq km), S central W.Va., in Fayette,
Raleigh, and Summers cos., c.40 mi/64 km SE of Charleston, on New R.,
forms Bluestone L. bet. Hinton and Va. state line. The natl. river is a
52-mi/84-km-long sect. of one of oldest rivers in N. Amer. White-water
stream flows through deep canyons; rafting. White-water rafting.
Pocatalico River ,
c.75 mi/121 km long, W central W.Va.; rises in central Roane co.; flows
generally SW, past Pocatalico and Poca, to Kanawha R., 1 mi/1.6 km W of
river, 83 mi/134 km long, E W.Va.; rises in N Pocahontas co. W of Cass;
flows NNE bet. Cheat (W) and Shavers (E) mts., turns briefly W near
Elkins to cross Cheat Mt., then NNE, joins Laurel Fork at Parsons to
form Cheat R.
Tug Fork , river, 154 mi/248 km long, S W.Va., E Ky., and SW Va.;
rises in E McDowell co., S W.Va.; flows generally NW, past Welch; forms
Va.-W.Va. state line for c.4 mi/6.4 km, continues as Ky.-W.Va. state
line, flowing past Williamson, W.Va.; joins Louisa Fork at Louisa, Ky.,
to form Big Sandy R.
river, c.160 mi/257 km long, E W.Va.; source at Randolph-Pocahontas co.
line; flows N past Elkins, then NNW past Belington and Philippi, through Tygart L. reservoir (State Park), past Grafton, and through Valley Falls
State Park; joins the W. Fork R. at Fairmont to form the Monongahela R.
Locally referred to as Tygart Valley R.
West Fork , river,
c.80 mi/129 km long, central W.Va.; rises in S Upshur co.; flows N
through Stonewall Jackson L. reservoir (State Park and Wildlife
Management Area), past Weston and Clarksburg, and joins Tygart R. at
Fairmont to form Monongahela R.
, c.135 mi/217 km long, in W.Va., Md., and Pa.; rises
in extreme SE Preston co., W.Va. at Backbone Mt., near W border of Md.;
flows NNW past Oakland, Md., enters Pa. in Youghiogheny R. L. reservoir;
continues past Connellsville, W. Newton, and Versailles to Monongahela
R. at McKeesport; navigable for c.20 mi/32 km above mouth. Youghiogheny
Dam (184 ft/56 m high; 1,610 ft/491 m long; completed 1944 for flood
control, pollution abatement) impounds Youghiogheny Reservoir above
Confluence, Pa. Somerfield, Pa., where there once was a famous pioneer
ford, was inundated by reservoir.
Creeks In West
• Buffalo Creek, West Virginia (Logan County)
• Patterson Creek, West Virginia (Grant County)
• Twelvepole Creek, West Virginia (Mingo County)
Islands in West Virginia
• Middle Island Creek, West Virginia (Doddridge County)
Reservoirs in West Virginia
• Bluestone Lake, West Virginia
• East Lynn Lake, West Virginia (Wayne County)
• Stonewall Jackson Lake, West Virginia (Lewis County)
• Summersville Lake, West Virginia (Nicholas County)