SUTTON, W.Va. - - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Sutton Lake will temporarily lower the winter pool level an additional 30 feet (to elevation 865 feet) for two weeks beginning Dec. 1, 2019, to complete a required maintenance dive of the dam.
Divers and maintenance crews will be making repairs and installing new equipment on the dam structure requiring a “deep draw-down” to complete the vital work.
While efforts will be made to maintain accessibility of the normal winter launch ramps, South Abutment and Bee Run, the project staff anticipates heavy siltation on these ramps beginning at lake elevations below 895.
Navigation on the lake will also be restricted due to the lower pool level. Boaters are advised to take caution of unexpected changes in the navigable channel from November 11 through the month of December until the lake level reaches the normal winter pool level of 895 feet. Boaters are encouraged to always wear an approved PFD (personal flotation device).
The extended drawdown will conclude Dec. 14, 2019. At that time the outflow from Sutton Dam will be adjusted to allow the lake levels to be restored to the normal winter pool elevation of 895 feet.
For more information, please contact the Sutton Lake Project Office at 304-765-2816.
Release no. 19-016