Kid’s Fishing Day to be held at Yatesville Lake

May 14th, 2013

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold its 5th Annual Kids Fishing Day at Yatesville Lake State Park Marina from 9 noon on Saturday, June 1, 2013. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Prizes will be awarded for the most fish caught and the biggest fish caught based on three age divisions. Participants can bring their own fishing pole, or fishing poles and bait will be available for use. A free lunch will be provided by local sponsors.

Any child through age 16 is eligible to participate in this event. Children are required to be under the supervision of a parent or guardian for the duration of the event.

If you wish to participate or need additional information please contact the Yatesville Lake Project Office at 606-686-2412. You can visit us on the internet at

New Traffic Restrictions at East Fork Campground

May 7th, 2013

     The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced new traffic restrictions on the bridge leading to East Fork Campground at East Lynn Lake. The bridge will now be one lane and vehicles are limited to six tons. Campers, boaters and visitors to the day use facilities need to be aware of these restrictions.

     All vehicles traveling across the bridge located on East Fork Road just south of W. Va. State Route 37 are subject to these new restrictions. The bridge has been reduced to a single 12-foot-wide lane with a maximum allowable load of six tons. This is the only way to access East Fork Campground. The East Fork campground will open on Friday, May 10, 2013. 

     For more information contact East Lynn Lake at 304-849-2355 or call Public Affairs at 304-399-5353.

“Rake the Lake” Spring Clean Up May 4 at Sutton Lake

April 12th, 2013

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold its Third Annual “Rake the Lake” Spring Clean-up at Sutton Lake on Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring their boats and head to their favorite cove, or drive or hike into more remote areas. Bags, gloves, grabbers and other supplies will be provided.

During the previous “Rake the Lake: efforts, volunteers have removed over eight tons of trash from Sutton Lake, and their efforts are clearly seen in several areas, including Wolf Creek and the Tunnel Road area below Bakers Run Campground.

Many large items have been removed thru this effort, including over 400 tires, several mattresses, refrigerators, and other cast-off appliances.

The event is hosted by the Corps of Engineers at Sutton Lake, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, Sutton Lake Marina and the Braxton Citizen’s News.

At the conclusion of the day, numerous local businesses sponsor a cook-out at Sutton Lake Marina to thank those who participate. The first 200 registered participants also receive a T-Shirt.

“Rake the Lake” is open to everyone. If you’d like to volunteer, call the Sutton Lake Project Office at 304-765-2816 or e-mail to register. If you don’t have a favorite place you want to work, we will suggest an area in particular need of attention.

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Access on Bluestone Lake Restricted Due to Lilly Bridge Replacement Project

April 5th, 2013

The Lilly Bridge located on WV State Route 20 that crosses the Bluestone Lake is being replaced, and the work will mean some changes for boaters in that area of the lake.

The WV Department of Transportation Division of Highways has awarded a contract to Brayman Construction Company from Saxonburg, Pa., for the bridge replacement. Work on the bridge has started and it is anticipated that the construction period will last approximately three years.

The work involved includes building a new bridge adjacent to and upstream from the existing bridge and the removal of approximately 250,000 cubic yards of material on the north approach to the bridge.

During the construction there will be some restrictions to the visitors of Bluestone Lake. The water area directly underneath the existing bridge will be closed to boat traffic on Bluestone Lake. The land area directly underneath the existing bridge will also be closed to vehicle and foot traffic. These restrictions are necessary for visitor safety as part of the construction work limits.

To serve the boaters of Bluestone Lake, the WV Department of Natural Resources Division of Fisheries has built a new boat ramp at the Bluestone Lake boat launching area known as “Pits Road.” This new boat ramp is open to the public and was funded through mitigation funding by the WV Division of Highways.

Boaters may still access the Bluestone River section of Bluestone Lake down to the Lilly Bridge area, but access will be via the Bluestone State Park boat ramp located below the Bluestone State Park Office.

During the construction, both the Bluestone Marina and Bluestone boat launching area “Pits Road” will remain open to the public. Boaters may experience some congestion and minor delays during the construction.

Due to the construction activity it is necessary to have these restricted areas on Bluestone Lake for the safety of boaters and visitors.

The replacement of the Lilly Bridge will be welcome news for travelers on WV State Route 20 and the visitors to Bluestone Lake. Over the years the Lilly Bridge has continued to deteriorate and this bridge replacement project will greatly improve the safety along this section of WV State Route 20.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bluestone State Park, WV Department of Natural Resources, and WV Division of Highways appreciate your understanding and patience during this construction period.

For more information, contact Public Affairs at 304-399-5353.

Looking for Volunteers for Cleanup at East Lynn Lake

April 2nd, 2013

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is looking for volunteers to help with the annual cleanup at East Lynn Lake on Sunday, April 21, 2013.

Volunteers are invited to assist Corps employees in beautification efforts at the lake. Activities include trash pickup on the lake shore and in other public use areas.

Anyone wishing to assist with the event should be at the East Lynn Lakeside Marina Area Boat Ramp April 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers should bring work shoes or boots and work gloves. Volunteers will be given directions to work sites for trash pickup. Garbage bags will be provided.

Persons who wish to use their personal boat may deposit collected trash at any boat ramp at East Lynn Lake. All volunteers are asked to sign in at the Lakeside Marina Area Boat Ramp before beginning trash pickup. The success of this event depends on public response.

For more information, write to Dale Smith, Resource Manager, East Lynn Lake, 683 Overlook Trail Road, East Lynn, WV 25512, call 304-849-2355, or stop by the Lake office located at the dam.

Volunteers Needed at Burnsville Lake

March 29th, 2013

   Volunteers are needed for the 2013 Recreation Season (mid-April through mid-October) at Burnsville Lake in Burnsville, W.Va. 

   Those selected as volunteers will be given a free full-hookup campsite at either Bulltown or Riffle Run Campground for providing 20-25 hours of work per week. Typical volunteer duties include: staffing a visitors center, giving tours, providing living history, mowing, string trimming, cleaning facilities and grounds, painting, light carpentry, and general maintenance support. 

   Volunteer support is extremely important to help keep areas open. Because of many dedicated volunteers at Riffle Run Campground, this area has been operated exclusively by them for several years. Riffle Run has continued to remain open without shortened seasons or reduced services. There is currently a need for volunteers to do string trimming and mowing for this area for the season.  

   If you are interested in volunteering, please contact a Park Ranger at 304-853-2371.         




Impact of 1913 flood still felt in Tuscarawas Valley

March 25th, 2013

From this weekend’s Times Reporter, an interesting story about the devastating 1913 flood.

You can read the story at this link –

Here’s an excerpt:

After 48 hours of incessant rain, the creeks and rivers of Tuscarawas County spilled their banks on March 25, 1913.

Though the flood occurred 100 years ago, its impact continues to this day.

Locally, it led to creation of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District – a network of dams and reservoirs that control flooding in the state’s largest wholly contained watershed.

Corps to Hold Public Meeting on Tom Jenkins Interim Operating Plan

January 24th, 2013

The Corps of Engineers will hold a public meeting to discuss the impacts of the interim operating plan for the Tom Jenkins Dam Jan. 31, 2013 at 5 p.m. in the Coolville Public Library, 26401 Main St., Coolville, Ohio.

Due to a recently constructed mining tunnel beneath the upper end of the lake, the Corps has determined that studies to evaluate possible safety issues with the project must be completed. Until the studies are completed, the dam’s interim operating plan calls for the project to no longer be managed for Ohio River flood risk reduction.

Managing Tom Jenkins Dam for flood risk reduction on the Hocking River will continue and local flood risk reduction will not be impacted. This change will cause an increase of one half of one percent of the total flow, which equates to 0.1 feet increase at flood stage in the Ohio River at Belleville Locks and Dam.

Ohio River flood risk reduction calls for Tom Jenkins Dam and others to store flood waters on occasions when the Ohio River is forecasted to exceed 45 feet at Bellville Locks and Dam. The Ohio River has exceeded 45 feet at Bellville Locks and Dam only one time since Tom Jenkins Dam was constructed.

Tom Jenkins Dam is a multipurpose water resource project.Its purpose is divided into two parts – local flood risk reduction and Ohio River flood risk reduction.Local flood risk reduction is for those communities on the Hocking River.

For more information, call the Huntington District Public Affairs Office at 304-399-5353.

Sutton Lake’s Gerald Freeman Campground will open for 2013 Recreation Season

December 27th, 2012

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Sutton Lake in Sutton, W.Va., announced today that Gerald R. Freeman Campground will be open for the 2013 Recreation Season. The campground is scheduled to open April 19, 2013, with sites available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Campers planning visits after May 22, 2013, may make reservations thru the National Recreation Reservation Service, beginning March 1, 2013.

In the past, reservations could be made six months prior to a visit, with reservations for Memorial Day Weekend beginning in late November. However, due to ongoing construction and upgrades in Gerald R. Freeman Campground, the reservation window will not open until March 1.

The upper section of the campground will have 30 sites with 50 amp electric service, and water and sewage hook-ups. Five sites will have electric and water hookups. Two sites are Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant. Two additional ADA-compliant sites are currently under construction. In the lower section of the campground, several sites are being leveled and the electric service is being upgraded.

By March 1, the staff at Sutton Lake will know what sites will be available for the 2013 Recreation Season. At that time, as many sites as possible will be available for reservation with accurate site details and fee information.

To make a reservation at any Corps of Engineers campgrounds, call the National Recreation Reservation Service at 877-444-6777 or go to

For more information about the Gerald R. Freeman Campground, call the Sutton Lake Project Office at 304-765-2816

Drawdown at some Huntington District Lakes delayed

November 21st, 2012

   In order to help reduce expected problems of low water levels on the lower Ohio River and points downstream, the Huntington District will temporarily stop the normal fall drawdown on two of its three Kanawha River flood control reservoirs: Sutton Lake and Summersville Lake. It will delay the start of drawdown at Bluestone Lake. Drawdown will resume on Dec. 1. The three reservoirs are expected to be at winter pool by Dec.10.

   Due to the current extreme drought conditions across the Greater Mississippi Valley region, exceptionally low flows have occurred on the Missouri, Upper Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. These low flows are expected to reach critical levels during early December and negatively impact navigation. The Ohio River drought management plan provides for this contingency. This measure is deemed necessary to minimize drought impacts downstream and is not expected to transfer risks or adversely impact the authorized mission of these reservoirs. 

   The majority of reservoirs within the Huntington District release water during the fall in order to lower pool levels from the higher summer levels to the lower winter levels to prepare for flood season. This fall drawdown provides incidental benefits to navigation during the seasonal low flow period. The target date varies by reservoir, but most are scheduled to reach winter pool during late November or early December. A delay in the drawdown and winter pool target date would extend the incidental navigation benefits during the Ohio River’s expected critically low period of the first two weeks of December.