Monongahela National Forest officials announced this week that the West Shore camping loop in Lake Sherwood Recreation Area will open June 25. Other services will be limited due to water issues.
“As we were preparing to open Lake Sherwood Recreation Area, we discovered that the Lake Sherwood well currently produces less than a quarter of the amount of water that is needed to run the water system at full capacity, especially for busy weekends,” said Marlinton-White Sulphur District Ranger Cindy Sandeno. “Forest Service engineering staff are working to have the well inspected to determine the course of action, but we do not anticipate that the well will be fully functioning this season.”
According to Sandeno, using the boat launch, boating on the lake and fishing are all open now. All other facilities, including additional camping loops, picnic area, swimming beach and all restrooms, are closed. “We hope to be able to open Cales Knoll camping loop and the beach later this summer, but we must have enough water to operate the restrooms,” she said.
Protecting the health and safety of our visitors, employees and volunteers is a primary concern in decisions to open or close recreation sites and services.
For up-to-date information about Lake Sherwood Recreation Area, visit Monongahela National Forest’s webpage at https://www.fs.usda.gov/mnf or call Marlinton-White Sulphur Ranger District at 304-536-2144.