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WVDNR Bans Swimming At Pleasant Creek In Taylor County

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TAYLOR COUNTY -

Soaking up the sun, taking out the boat, and splashing in the water at Tygart Lake State Park are summertime traditions for a lot of people.

But, not this year.

The Division of Natural Resources is enforcing a no-swimming regulation at Pleasant Creek Wildlife Management Area effective immediately.

"Swimming on a Wildlife Management Area is prohibited under the rules and regulations governing Wildlife Management Areas," said Steve Rauch, District Wildlife Biologist.

However, this isn't anything new.

"It always has been prohibited," Rauch said. "We have enforced it over the years in limited situations. But now we are going to enforce it in all of the Pleasant Creek Wildlife Management Area."

This regulation will be strictly enforced immediately and those caught swimming in Pleasant Creek could be subject to fine.

"In the beginning, if its repeat offenders they will probably be cited," Rauch said. "But initially it will be warnings."

The only other place to swim on Tygart Lake is at its public beach. But, there's a little problem.

"Unfortunately its not going to be open this year," said Jim Browning, Tygart Lake Assistant Superintendent. "They are a little behind. The water came up a little early on them to finish the beach."

It is set to open in the summer of 2014, better than ever.

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

But what about now? What do people do in the meantime?

"It is not illegal to swim in the lake," Rauch said. "You can swim from boats, water skiing, jet skis, that kind of stuff. That's not illegal to do in the lake. It's just from the shoreline from the Pleasant Creek Management Area."

The Division of Natural Resources will monitor the Pleasant Creek area daily.

If it catches you swimming, you could be subject to a fine.