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Aerial view of Stonewall Jackson Lake and dam

Stonewall Jackson Lake

1012 Skin Creek Road
Weston, WV 26452-7435
(304) 269-4588
Daily Lake & Recreation Information:
(304) 269-7463

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Stonewall Jackson Lake was authorized and approved by the Flood Control Act of 1966. The purposes of the project, as stated in the authorizing legislation, are flood protection, low flow augmentation for water quality, water supply, fish and wildlife enhancement, hydropower and recreation. The project, completed in 1990, is the most recent addition to the Pittsburgh District’s 16 flood control projects.

Stonewall Jackson Dam is located on the West Fork River, three miles south of the county seat at Weston, West Virginia and 73 miles upstream from the river’s mouth. From its source in Lewis and Upshur Counties, the West Fork River flows northward for 98.7 miles to Fairmont, West Virginia. There it joins the Tygart River to form the Monongahela River.

Stonewall Jackson Dam has the capability to store the equivalent run-off of 7.1 inches of precipitation from its 101.8 square mile drainage area. The project’s flood damage reduction benefits were first demonstrated while it was still under construction when it prevented damages estimated in excess of $25 million during the 1985 Election Day Flood. To date, Stonewall Jackson has prevented flood damages estimated to be nearly $236 million.

Development of the project required the acquisition of 20,451 acres of land. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers retains 330 acres of land at the dam site for operation of the dam and support facilities. All remaining federal lands are leased to the state of West Virginia. These consist of roughly 2,000 acres managed by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources as a state park and 18,289 acres of land and water managed for public hunting and fishing.

Recreation, Events, Facilities & Activities


Stonewall Jackson Lake, nestled in the rolling hills of West Virginia, is easily accessible from Interstate 79. The lake is located in Lewis County, West Virginia, an area rich in history and Appalachian tradition. These factors combined with the scenic beauty of the area provide for excellent outdoor recreational opportunities.

Stonewall Jackson Lake provides an ideal setting for your pleasure and relaxation.  Boating, fishing, hunting, camping and hiking are just a few of the many recreational opportunities that are available at the project. Corps of Engineers' facilities include an administration building with a visitor information center and public restrooms, an outdoor plaza, walkways and overlook for viewing the dam, fishing access to the tail water area, hiking trail and visitor parking areas.

The remaining lands and the lake are leased to and managed by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources as a public hunting and fishing area and Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park, respectively.

The State Parks’ Stonewall Resort provides visitors with a variety of accommodations and numerous recreation opportunities. The Adirondack-style lodge includes guest rooms and suites, restaurants, fitness center and spa, swimming pool and conference facilities.  An 18-hold golf course, 374-slip marina with boat launch and rentals and waters sports are some of the recreation opportunities provided at the resort. Visitors can also explore miles of beautiful hiking and biking trails meandering along the 18,000-acre Stonewall Jackson Wildlife Management Area.

The recreation lake provides boaters with a variety of opportunities including pleasure boating, canoeing, fishing and water skiing. For the boating enthusiast, launching facilities are available at Vandalia, Georgetown, Jacksonville and Stonewall Jackson State Park. In addition, a car-top boat launch is available at Glady Fork. These boat launches provide excellent access to the lake.

Backwater areas, which provide excellent fishing opportunities, are easily accessible either by boat or by trail. Canoeists and other paddlers can explore the many inlets and backwater areas along the lake's 82-mile shoreline. These have been designated minimum wake areas and offer visitors serenity and a place to quietly observe nature.

Hunting and trapping, with the necessary licenses, is permitted on all project lands except State Park recreation areas and other posted areas.

Current Events

Volunteers needed at Stonewall Jackson Lake!

Do you enjoy working outdoors, helping others and improving the environment? If so, we would like to invite you to join our team as a volunteer at Stonewall Jackson Lake.  Volunteers are a vital part of each Corps of Engineers lake project. There are a wide variety of part-time positions available with flexible working hours. Each position provides volunteers with a unique opportunity to work with the Park Ranger in various situations. Jobs include cleaning and monitoring of bluebird boxes, care and upkeep of fish aquariums, assisting the public as Visitor Information Center Host, general maintenance of signs and trails including painting and litter pickup. To volunteer or for information call the Park Ranger at 304-269-4588.

Facilities & Activities


  Dam Site George-town Access Area Glady Fork Access Area Jackson-ville Access Area Mary Conrad Roadside Park

Stonewall Jackson State Park

State Park Maintenance Area
Accessible Restroom   X   X  
Boat Launch Ramp X X X X  
Boat Rental         X  
Campgroud           X  
Camper Dump Station           X  
Drinking Water X       X  
Electric Hookups           X  
Fishing  X X X X    X  
Fishing Disabled Access X         X  
Visitor Center
Marina            X  
Parking Area X X X X   X  
Picnic Area            X  
Picnic Shelters        X  
Playground            X  
Restroom Facilities X X X X  
Swim Area              
Trail  X       X


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