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Lake Fun

Relax at the largest lake in the state, with leisurely boating, paddleboarding, or climbing. Discover why they call Summersville Lake “The Little Bahamas of the East,” then head to the remote Bluestone Lake for peace and quiet.

SCUBA diving

Summersville Lake sure is pretty! But you know what? It's even more magical below! Dubbed "The Little  Bahamas of The East," the lake is amazing to explore, because it's the cleanest, clearest freshwater lake east of the Mississippi River. Swim alongside the fish through boulder gardens and underwater caves. Explore this aquatic underworld:

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  • Recommended Age: 10 and older
  • Activity Time: Summer
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is the trendy new watersport anyone can enjoy! The sturdy boards make it easy to learn to balance— so much so you can even do yoga on them. Worst case scenario, you fall in and get a refreshing dip in the water! But SUP so simple to learn, even beginners who've never tried it can get a lesson at the annual New River SUP race, then go right ahead and compete! The race runs through a small rapid.

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  • Recommended Age: 6 and older
  • Activity Time: Summer
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Wander the waters, from river to lake! Jetboat, pontoon, canoe, kayak, raft— choose your craft and explore. Summersville Lake is the largest in the state, and the Bluestone is scenic and remote. There's plenty to discover. Find an outfitter to paddle or cruise you around the National Parks:

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  • Recommended Age: Any
  • Activity Time: summer
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Fishing & Hunting

The New River has been named among the Top 5 Fishing Rivers in the US, full of smallmouth bass. Smallmouth, rock bass and bluegill are common catches in the Bluestone River. More smallmouth and muskie roam the Gauley River. Deer and turkey are popular game in West Virginia, and hunting is also permitted in all 3 parks. Local outfitters can show you all the best spots. Find a guide below:

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  • Recommended Age: 6 and older
  • Activity Time: Year-round, but best in summer and fall
  • Special Notes: Make sure you have the proper licenses.