Summit Lake Campground


Area Status: Open
Summit Lake

A 33-unit semi-primitive, wooded campground with paved access roads and parking spurs, located approximately 10 miles from Richwood, WV, adjacent to a popular 43-acre cold water fishing lake. Although the campground closes in winter, the lake is accessible year-round.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Campground closed for season. Lake open year-round, but roads to it are not snow-plowed. Lake toilets are closed.
Permit Info: Sites are not reservable. Sites are on a first come, first serve basis.
Open Season: Beginning of April - end of November
Usage: Medium
Restrictions:
  • Maximum length of stay is 14 days.
  • Check-out time is 2:00 p.m.
  • Dogs are permitted if on a leash at all times. Leash must be 6 ft. or shorter. Food storage order applies to pet food also.
  • Single site limit is one wheeled camping unit only, defined as motorhome or travel trailer; no more than 8 people; no more than 2 vehicles. Vehicle pulling camper or trailer is considered 1 of the 2 allowed vehicles. Tents must be contained within the campsite.
  • Vehicles must be parked on gravel or paved spur, not in the woods, grass or road. 
  • Discharging and draining gray water and black water (sewage) onto national forest lands is illegal and punishable by fines under 36 CFR 261.11(c) and 36 CFR 261.11 (d). Dump station and water fill are available in Richwood at Four Seasons Outfitter and Adventure Sports. Dump stations are also available in Marlinton. Cranberry Campground has its own dump station that is donation based.
  • Please see bulletin boards for more information.
Closest Towns: Richwood, WV
Water: Hand Pump in upper loop; faucet in lower loop
Restroom: Five accessible vault toilets.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center:  
More information on this campground is available through the Gauley Ranger District, 932 North Fork Cherry Rd., Richwood, WV 26261 (304) 846-2695.

General Information

Directions: From Richwood travel east on State Route 39/55 approximately 8 miles to Forest Road 77, then 2 miles to Summit Lake Recreation Area.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Campground Camping

Two loops with 33 semi-primitive, wooded campsites with paved access roads and parking spurs.  Campsites also feature picnic tables, fire rings, lantern post and gravel activity area. There is no electricity, but generator use is permitted from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
 

RV Camping

Two loops with 33 semi-primitive, wooded campsites with paved access roads and parking spurs.  Each site includes a picnic table, fire ring, lantern post and gravel activity area. There are three hand-pumps and five accessible vault toilets . There is no electricity, but generator use is permitted from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

No dump station is available. There are two privately owned dump stations available in Richwood, WV.

Lake and Pond Fishing

Summit Lake is stocked with trout by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The lake has an accessible fishing pier and boat launch. Gasoline motors are prohibited but electric motors are allowed.

Day Hiking

Available on nearby trails:

  • Summit Lake Trail #210, 1.8 miles in length
  • Pocahontas Trail #263, 20.2 miles in length

Backpacking

Available on nearby trails

  • Summit Lake Trail #210, 1.8 miles in length
  • Pocahontas Trail #263, 20.2 miles in length

Boating - Motorized

The lake has an accessible fishing pier and boat launch. Gasoline motors are prohibited but electric motors are allowed

Boating - Non-Motorized

The lake has an accessible fishing pier and boat launch. Gasoline motors are prohibited but electric motors are allowed

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
38.248730

  Longitude : 
-80.444800