New Place to Swim
Cheat Lake beach will be dedicated Saturday
Morgantown Dominion Post
- 25 May 2012
By Chelsea Fuller
INFO ON Fun Day activities, contact Duane Nichols at 304-216-5535.
Just in time for Memorial Day and summer fun, the Cheat Lake
Environment and Recreation Association (CLEAR) will host a Family
Day Celebration at Cheat Lake Park and Trail from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Duane Nichols, president of CLEAR, said Saturday’s event is great
for families looking to spend some time outdoors during the
The organization, founded in 2003 to ensure environmental
stewardship and management of the recreational potential at Cheat
Lake, also will dedicate the Millstone Point Beach at 11 a.m.
“We have been planning the beach for about 10 years,” Nichols
said. “We are excited to open it to the public. It is the only
place on Cheat Lake you can swim off the shore.”
The swimming beach is an all-natural area that CLEAR created to
provide a shoreline swimming area for park patrons, Nichols said.
“It is a natural beach. We just removed some vegetation and
brought in some more sand,” he said.
Accessible from the park’s 4 1/2-mile trail, the beach is open
from dawn to dusk every day unless otherwise advertised, Nichols
Fun Day events include something for all ages. Early risers can
participate in a 5k walk/race, scheduled to begin at 8 a.m.
“People will enjoy the 5k, it is good exercise and great practice
for those looking to run other 5ks this summer,” Nichols said.
Other activities include a nature walk that begins at 1:30 p.m.,
pontoon boat rides, a fish research demonstration and activities
for children, such as a fun-run and face painting, Nichols said.
Along with the dedication, certificates of appreciation will be
given to FirstEnergy Corp., PACE Enterprises and others for their
leadership in achieving the new Cheat Haven Hiking Trail, the
CLEAR Boat Dock and the Historic & Interpretive Signs now in
the Park, according to a news release.
Beating the weekend crowd, Morgantown natives Jamie Marranca and
Amanda Whitaker, each with a daughter in tow, enjoyed the new
beach Wednesday afternoon. They said they will definitely frequent
Cheat Lake Park and the new beach this summer.
“This is the first we’ve heard about the beach; it’s awesome,”
Marranca said as she played in the water with her 18-month-old
“We’ve enjoyed the park’s trail and playground area before, but
this is a great addition. It’s very familyfriendly,” Whitaker
Nicholas said the small beach will more than likely be a family
attraction because of its size.
“It isn’t very big, so it will probably attract families with
small kids. Older kids will probably prefer a bigger area, but all
are welcome,” he said.
Cheat Lake Park and Trail has been open to the public since 2000
and has been a site frequented for fishing, hiking, biking,
picnics and other outdoor recreation, Nichols said.