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Tygart Lake Water Levels Right Where They Should Be For Summer

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GRAFTON -

It was another long winter and many people are looking forward to some summer fun on one of West Virginia's lakes.

Last summer, the fun was cut short for some boaters at Tygart Lake in Grafton.

The Marina closed early last year due to low water levels. Now, park officials are proud to announce everything is back to normal.

"The lake levels are normal for this time of year and hopefully they will remain normal through out the summer," said Michael Estock, Park Resource Manager.

But it wasn't like that last July.

"We had a drought like situation last summer and unfortunately the water went down," said Jim Browning, Assistant Park Superintendent.

Officials said the lake was down by 26 feet, resulting in Tygart Lake Marina having to close early.

"One of the primary purposes of this lake and people don't realize is navigation downstream," Browning said. "When you have a case where there is more water going out then there is coming in, which was the cause we had last year, unfortunately we're going to see the water drop."

But now, things are better. The water levels seem to be right where they should be.

"1093.45," Estock said. "That's what we consider our summer pool. Right now, we are just a hair above that."

Dan's Marine Service fixed damage caused by the drought and even added a few new things for the public to enjoy.

"You can see this summer they built a new concession trailer, they worked real hard last summer repairing their docks," Browning said. "They worked real hard on the docks. You've also got a new house boat this summer. They are going to offer cruises on the lake."

The park is even renovating the beach, but due to the water levels rising it couldn't be completed on time.

"We're going to be offering game courts, volleyball courts, and a new beach with beautiful sand," Browning said. "It's really going to be a destination for North Central West Virginia next year. It will be open Summer of 2014."

Park officials said the marina doesn't officially open until May 15. But you can start making your reservations and putting your boats in the water now.