Lake Sherwood Recreation Area and Campground

  

Lake Sherwood

Lake Sherwood Recreation Area is a complete family destination offering a wide variety of activities and camping options. Standard, tent-only and group camping facilities are perched along Lake Sherwood, the largest lake in the Monongahela National Forest. Swimming beaches, a picnic area, boat ramp and several hiking trails are among the features of the area.

Natural Features: At an elevation of 2,600 feet, Lake Sherwood spans 156 acres. The recreation area is part Monongahela National Forest, which comprises about a million acres of forest in West Virginia, and attracts 1.3 million visitors each year. A variety of animals make their home here, including black bear, coyote, wild turkey, white-tailed deer, red and gray fox, bobcat, fisher, otter and mink.

Recreation: Anglers seek tiger muskie, channel catfish, bullhead, bluegill and largemouth bass. Boating is a big draw as well.Hikers have the option of exploring Lake Sherwood Trail, Upper Meadow Trail, Meadow Mountain Trail and Meadow Creek.

Facilities: Each campsite has a parking spur, tent pad, picnic table, fire ring and lantern post. Showers are accessible. All camping areas are served by restrooms with running water, flush toilets, hot showers and electricity (available during the summer season only). In the spring and fall, vault toilets and a hand pump well are available. The parking aprons are gravel and some are up to 20 feet wide. No electrical, sewage or water hook-ups are available, but there is a dump station on-site. Other amenities include a playground, picnic shelters and volleyball courts.

For more information, please see brochure or map.

Fish Your National Forests: This site can be accessed by Passenger Car; Fish available include: Bass, Catfish, Panfish; Types of fishing available include: Shore, Non-motorized boat, Float tube, Fly, Spin, Bait; ADA Accessible fishing access with fishing pier and boat launch

At a Glance

Reservations: Reservations can be made by visiting Recreation.gov.  Reservations must be made 4 days ahead of arrival and can be made 6 months in advance for standard sites and 12 months in advance for group sites.
Fees See Recreation Site Information for details on several campgrounds.
Open Season: Early May - Late November
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Neola, WV and White Sulphur Springs, WV
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Accessible flush and vault toilets
Information Center: Be bear aware; keep all food out of site in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle and remove all food from area after eating No RV hookups are available Only boats with electric outboard motors are allowed on the lake There is a $5 vehicle fee for day use during peak season Limit 2 vehicles per campsite; a $5 fee is charged for additional vehicles

General Information

Directions:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.00667, -80.01056
38°0'24"N, 80°0'38"W

From White Sulphur Springs, travel north on State Route 92 for 15 miles to Neola, West Virginia. Turn east (right) on State Route 14 and travel 11 miles to the lake.


Accessibility:

Accessible fishing access, flush toilets, vault toilets, and showers.


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Swimming

One of the most beautiful swimming areas in West Virginia is found at Lake Sherwood. There are two sand beaches, one on the "mainland" and one on an island, which are connected by a scenic footbridge. The swimming area contains a bathhouse complete with showers and flush toilets. Water fountains are dispersed throughout the swimming area. Lifeguards are not provided.

Boating - Non-Motorized

Boats and canoes are available for rent from a concessionaire at this 165 acre lake. Three boat launches and a dock are available for public use. One dock is near the concession stand and two are in the campgrounds. Electric boat motors may be used, however due to the small size of the lake, no other types of motors may be used.

Boating - Motorized

Boats and canoes are available for rent from a concessionaire at this 165-acre lake. Three boat launches and a dock are available for public use. One dock is near the concession stand and two are in the campgrounds. Electric boat motors may be used, however due to the small size of the lake, no other types of motors may be used.

Motor TypeElectric only
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Location

 
  Latitude : 
38.00667

  Longitude : 
-80.01056