Burnsville Lake Shelters

Burnsville Lake

Burnsville Lake Shelters create a wonderful setting for daytime gatherings on Burnsville Lake. The six group picnic shelters are scattered across two ends of the lake. Shelters 1-4 are near the dam while shelters 5 and 6 are upstream near the inflow from the Little Kanawha River.

The shelters are equipped with drinking water and a large charcoal grill; shelters 3 and 5 have electricity. All shelters are close to playgrounds and flush toilets. Groups with young children may prefer shelters 2, 3, 4 and 5, as they are nearest to playground facilities.

Need to Know

Natural Features

The reservoir was built in 1978 for flood control. Its beautiful setting between the Allegheny Mountains and Allegheny Plateau create a lush backdrop of steep hills.

Nearby Attractions

Take a trip back in time at the Bulltown Historical Village to get a taste of life during the Civil War era. The village and visitor center is nearest to shelters 5 and 6.


The primary pastime at the picnic shelters, naturally, is picnicking. Activities like biking, hiking and fishing are also quite popular.

Contact Information



Phone Number

For campground inquiries, please call: (304) 853-2371

Rental Options

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Driving Directions

To reach Picnic Shelters 1-4: From Clarksburg, drive south on I-79 to Exit 79 (Burnsville). Turn left and proceed through town until you reach a junction. Turn right onto Route 5 East. Follow approximately 2.5 miles. Turn right and enter the downstream area.
For Shelter 1: Turn right and enter the downstream area; shelter is next to the restroom. For Shelter 2: Turn right and enter the downstream area; shelter is next to the playground and ball field directly below the dam. For Shelters 3-4: Turn left into the Left Fork area adjacent the boat ramp.

To reach Picnic Shelters 5-6: From Clarksburg, drive south on I-79. Take Exit 67 (Flatwoods). Turn left at the stop light and proceed north on Route 19. Follow for 10 miles. Shelters will be on the left, adjacent to the Confederate Overlook.

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