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Contact Us

Phone: Resource Manager 304-849-2355 or call 304-849-9861 for a recorded message providing updated lake information.


From Huntington: Rt. 152 South to Wayne, WV, then Rt. 37 to East Lynn Lake office and Visitor Center. 

Mailing Address:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
East Lynn Lake
683 Overlook Trail Road
East Lynn, WV 25512-8014


or call 1-877-444-6777 for camping reservations
or 304-849-2355 for shelter reservations

General Information

East Lynn Lake is located on the East Fork of Twelvepole Creek, 10 miles south of Wayne, WV, on State Route 37. East Lynn Lake was constructed primarily for flood control, water quality, fish management, and recreation.  There is a total of 24,821 acres of project lands and waters at East Lynn.

The East Lynn Dam, a rolled earth fill dam, 133 feet high and 652 feet long, serves as a flood control facility along East Fork of Twelvepole Creek, and the Ohio River. East Lynn Lake is 12 miles long with 1005 acres of water at summer pool and 44 miles of shoreline.

The West Virginia Department of Natural Resources manages 22,928 acres for Fish, Wildlife, and Forestry Management under a license agreement with the Corps of Engineers.

Handicapped Access

Universally Accessible Facilities are provided at the Project Office, Below Dam Area, Overlook Area, Lakeside Recreation Area, Lick Creek Launch Area, East Fork Launch and Campground Areas, Picnic Sites and Shelters. Accessiblity is a continuing process with improvements ongoing as funding allows



Bicycles are permitted on main roads and campground areas. Contact a Park Attendant or Ranger for the location of areas conducive to off-road bicycling. Under West Virginia law, all riders under the age of 12 years MUST wear a protective helmet.


Launch ramps for the boating enthusiasts and fishermen are located at Lakeside Recreation Area, Lick Creek Launch Area and East Fork Camping Area. Water Skiing is a popular activity at East Lynn. There is a launch fee of $3.00 per launch and recover or an Annual Pass may be purchased for $30.00 which permits unlimited use of ramps with no additional fee.  

  Boaters!Before Getting Underway:
Know your boat and know the rules of the road. Take a safe boating course.
  • Check your boat for all required safety equipment.
  • Consider the size of your boat, the number of passengers and the amount of extra equipment that will be on-board. DON’T OVERLOAD THE BOAT!
  • If you will be in a power boat, check your electrical system and fuel system for gas fumes.
  • Follow manufacturer’s suggested procedures BEFORE starting up the engine.
  • Wear your life jacket – don’t just carry one on board.
  • Leave your alcohol behind. Work to increase your safety, not increase your risks!
  • Check the weather forecast.
  • File a float plan with a member of your family or friend.


Camping at East Lynn Lake is available at the East Fork Campground. The campground is a fee area, currently $16.00 to $22.00 depending on site selected.All of these sites have electrical hookups. The campground also provides a sanitary dump station, restrooms with showers, launch ramps, water, laundry tubs, horse shoe pits, nature trail, amphitheater, and playgrounds.

For information you can call the Campground seasonally (May thru Sept) at (304) 849-5000 or you can reserve a campsite at www.recreation.gov

See policy on the use of Assistive Mobility Devices within our campground(s), as posted on the main page of this website under the Recreation button, or by contacting the lake office or campground for more information.


Fishing is allowed from boats and shoreline, in and along East Lynn Lake. A total of 29 fish species have been identified in the lake. Game fish occurring are largemouth, smallmouth, and striped bass, black crappie, red-breast sunfish, walleye, channel catfish and muskellunge. Channel catfish and muskellunge are stocked in the lake annually. Rainbow, Brook, and Brown Trout are stocked in the outflow waters and Lick Creek Pond once per month every February, March, April and May. West Virginia fishing licenses are required.


Foot trails (Hiking) are located at the Visitor's Center, Lake Side Recreation Area, Lick Creek Launch Area, and East Fork Camping Area. All trails are marked. See a download section for a printable Hiking Trail Map

Horseback Riding

There is no established horseback riding trails but many backcountry roads are open and available for use at East Lynn Lake.


Hunting is allowed on most of the project away from established Recreational Areas. West Virginia Hunting licenses are required. The West Virginia Dept. of Natural Resources manages the wildlife resources under a license agreement with the Corps


The Lakeside Recreation Area Marina and Concession offers dock spaces, boat equipment and repairs, rentals, snack bar, related goods and services and a marine dump station. The Lakeside phone number is (304)-849-2856 and is open seasonaly. Corps operated facilities at the Lakeside Recreation Area includes a picnic area, restrooms interpretive trail and viewing area.


Picnic shelters are located at the Below Dam Recreation Area, the Overlook Area, and the Lick Creek Area. All shelters are available on a first come - first served basis EXCEPT WHEN RESERVED IN ADVANCE (a fee is required for reserving a shelter). There are also picnic tables at all recreation areas available on a first come - first served basis on the East Lynn Lake project.  

Shelter reservations can be made one year in advance of arriving date.  Reservations will only be taken by contacting the National Recreation Reservation Service at 1-877-444-6777 or on the internet at www.recreation.gov.

Example: A shelter reserved for Monday May 27, Memorial Day, 2002; that shelter may be reserved for the 2003 season on Tuesday May 28, 2002 between 7:30am and 4:00pm 

For more information you can contact us at the lake office number is 304-849-2355.


A designated swim area is established in the East Fork Area.

Since most drowning victims had no intention of being in water and since most people drown within 10-30 feet of safety, it is important that you and your family learn to swim.

Please remember:

Never rely on toys such as inner tubes and water wings to stay afloat.

  • Don't take chances, by over estimating your swimming skills.

  • Swim only in designated swimming areas.

  • Never swim alone.

Visitor Center

The center is open at the main office Mon thru Fri 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.