Huntington, W.Va. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District announces the realignment of parking areas at Summersville Lake’s Long Point and Salmon Run Recreation Areas to address safety and efficiency concerns.
Summersville Lake is the largest lake in West Virginia receiving nearly 900,000 visitors each year. All three of its major day use areas, Battle Run, Long Point, and Salmon Run are heavily utilized during the recreational season and provide boating access. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is obligated to provide parking for vehicles with boat trailers at these launch ramps. In an effort to improve public safety and traffic flow it is necessary to realign the parking areas at Long Point and Salmon Run boat launch ramps.
Currently, Long Point Recreation Area consists of a two lane boat ramp, parking lot, restroom, dive shop, and a marina. An overflow gravel parking area is located above the restroom and main parking lot. Long Point Marina contains 473 boat slips that allow access without having to launch daily. All slips are leased seasonally. The parking area is shared by marina, dive shop and boat ramp users. Currently there are 47 long parking spaces that can accommodate a vehicle with a trailer or two to three single vehicles and 54 single car spaces. None of these spaces are currently designated as vehicle and trailer spaces only.
The realignment at Long Point will provide 45 long spaces and 54 short single car spaces. Overflow gravel parking lot is available for any vehicle on a first come first served basis and is 250 yards from the ramp/marina. Safety and efficiency will be gained by a 12 foot boat launch lane, two-way traffic in the other two lanes, and pull-through boat parking spaces.
Currently, Salmon Run Recreation Area has a restroom, two lane boat ramp, parking area and shoreline access. The area is frequented by trail users, and a favorite launch point for non-motorized watercraft such as kayaks and stand up paddle boards. The parking area is shared by swimmers (non designated areas), shoreline fishermen, hikers and boat ramp users. There are 48 long parking spaces in Salmon Run which can accommodate vehicles with trailers or single vehicles.
The realignment will provide 23 long spaces and 44 single spaces, the addition of a launch lane, two-way traffic in the other two lanes, and pull-through boat parking spaces.
Safety issues will be improved at both launching locations by designating long spaces for vehicle and trailer only. The parking space designations will be strictly enforced.
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