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part ofSutton Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Downstream Recreation Area
Status: Open through Sat Oct 31 2015   Season Dates


Sutton Lake Picnic Shelters overlook Sutton Lake and the Elk River in central West Virginia, 70 miles north of Charleston and 60 miles south of Clarksburg. The area provides a wide variety of recreational activities, including boating, swimming, fishing and hiking.

Natural Features:

Sutton Dam is an impressive 210' tall and 1178' wide concrete dam, backing up Sutton Lake, which covers 1440 acres as it winds 14 miles up the Elk River. Many quiet coves can be found along its 40 miles of shoreline. The lake is surrounded by rolling hills wooded with mixed stands of oak, hickory, poplar and cherry trees.

Wildlife, including deer, bears, turkeys, squirrels, ruffed grouse, Canada geese and other waterfowl are abundant in the area.


Anglers find plentiful bass, crappie, catfish and sunfish in the lake. Below the dam, the Elk River is well-known for its muskie and walleye fishing, and trout are stocked in the Down Stream area.

Fire roads and hunting trails in the surrounding lands provide great hiking and biking opportunities around Sutton Lake and at the nearby Elk River Wildlife Management Area.


These day-use areas offers five picnic shelters, each with six to eight picnic tables and a large charcoal grill. Shelters 1 and 2 are in the Down Stream Area, overlooking the Elk River. Shelter 1 is accessible. Each is accessible and has water and electric hookups. A playground, large parking areas and accessible flush toilets are provided.

Shelter 3 overlooks Sutton Lake in the South Abutment Day-Use Area, just upstream from the dam. Visitors in this area enjoy the lakeside fishing pier, small beach and boat ramp.

Shelters 4 and 5 overlook Sutton Lake from the Bee Run Day-Use Area. Water and electric hookups are available at each shelter. Amenities include flush toilets, ample parking, a marina, playground and large beach.

Nearby Attractions:

Sutton Lake Marina is nearby in the Bee Run Area. It is a private concession with a snack bar, boat and slip rentals and more. Camping is available at Gerald Freeman, Bakers Run and Bee Run Campgrounds.

The Elk River Wildlife Management Area contains nearly 18,000 acres of public hunting lands. The terrain is diverse and divided into the Elk River and Holly River sections. The Elk River section consists primarily of steep hills, ridges and benches, where the Holly River section is on the north side of the lake and consists of forested hills and open farmlands.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Beach
  • Birding
  • Boat Maintenance
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boat Rentals
  • Concessions
  • Dock
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Lake Access
  • Marina
  • Parking Area
  • Playground
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming
  • Trash Collection
Within 10 Miles
  • Bait Shop
  • General Store
  • Hospital
  • Pay Phone
  • River Access
Know Before You Go
  • Alcohol is prohibited at Sutton Lake
  • For more information, call 304-765-7756 or 304-765-2816
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.65639, -80.68194
38°39'23"N, 80°40'55"W

Shelters 1, 2 and 3 are located at the Sutton Dam. From I-79, take Exit 62 toward Sutton/Gassaway. Turn left on SR-4, approximately 2 miles into Sutton. Turn right at the stop sign, cross the Elk River, and turn left to the dam.

Shelters 4 and 5 are located in the Bee Run Day-Use Area. From I-79, take Exit 67 toward Flatwoods. Turn right on SR-4. Go 1 mile to SR-15 and turn left. Continue a mile to Bee Run Day-Use Area and turn right.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

P.O. BOX 426
SUTTON  WV  26601-0426

Phone Number:

Information:  (304)765-2816
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