Tygart Lake Marina To Close July 15
10 July 2012
By Kelsey Pape, Marion and Taylor County Reporter
TAYLOR COUNTY - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
said the Tygart Lake Marina will be closing July 15 due to low
Park officials said water elevation is nearly 14 feet below where
it should be. Park Resource Manager, Mike Estock, said this is the
worst drought conditions they have had since 1988.
"The lake is going down approximately a half a foot every day and
right now we are down about 12 and a half feet," he said. "By the
weekend we will be down another three feet."
Estock doesn't think the water levels will get better any time
soon because of no significant rainfall in the near future.
One ramp at Tygart Lake Marina is out of service, and another will
be closing soon.
"They're asking everybody at the Marina that has a dock to have
their boats out of the water by the close of business on Sunday,"
The West Virginia DNR said access to the lake will only be
available at Pleasant Creek. Estock said rangers will be
concentrating on general water safety this upcoming weekend. They
want to make sure people aren't jumping off of the rocks.
"As the water keeps going down, the height of the cliffs is going
to increase," Estock said. "There's always a potential for a
serious injury when people are diving and jumping into the water."
Park officials said that the cliffs should be covered with two to
three feet of water. If the drought continues, the marina will
remain closed until next year.