Corps Decides to Close Tygart Docks
Low water levels cause for decision
Morgantown Dominion Post
15 July 2012
By Alex Lang
Due to a lack of significant rain this summer, one local marina is
closing, leaving boat owners to find a place to park their rides
for the summer.
All boats have to be out of the Tygart Lake State Park marina by
today because of low water levels. The park is near Grafton. The
plan is to have the gas docks out by Thursday, or sooner.
“We just haven’t had the precipitation we normally get,” said Mike
Estuck, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which manages the
Grafton resident Sheldon Findley said he has been docking his boat
at the marina for roughly 15 years.
“Everybody is just disappointed,” Findley said.
But, he said, nothing can be done about it. It’s in their contract
that if water drops below a certain level, the boats have to be
removed. His plan was to bring his boat home and use it for day
The lake is seeing 10 percent to 20 percent less water flow from
its tributaries than normal, Estuck said. The current water level
is 14 feet below the normal summer height of 1,094 feet. If the
trend continues, Estuck said, the level will be down 27 feet on
The Corps has been releasing water from the dam for a month, but
it hasn’t affected the falling water level, Estuck said.
“This is the worst we’ve ever seen,” Estuck said.
There was a massive drought in the area in 1988, Estuck said, but
the water level in Tygart Lake didn’t fall to its current levels
until August of that year.
According to AccuWeather .com, today’s forecast calls for a few
scattered thunderstorms and temperatures in the mid 80s. But, get
ready, early next week is expected to be hot as temperatures cross
the 90-degree threshold.
While the marina is closing, Estuck said people will still have
access to ramps to put their boats in the water. The challenge
will be getting gasoline. With the marina closed, the gas pump
will also be closed. Estuck said boaters will have to bring extra
tanks or have a full one before heading out.