What to do in Moncove Lake State Park

**Information provivded by West Virginia Division of Natural Resources**

Local groups and individuals have been using the park for years as a location for social outdoor gatherings, a place to do some quiet reading, take a stroll, or to put a fishing line in the water. In more recent years, campers have discovered the quiet, easy-paced life in this area and have been returning on a regular basis. Even during the busier summer months lazy afternoons are commonplace and a moments rest is only a sunset away. However, for your best chance at total quiet and solitude the spring and fall seasons present the best opportunities.Moncove Lake contains 250 acres designated as a state park as well as an adjoining 500 acre Wildlife Management Area and 144 acre lake. Originally created in 1960, the Moncove Lake area was managed as Moncove Lake Hunting and Fishing Area until 1990, when 250 acres was set aside as a state park. The remainder of the land continues to be managed as a Wildlife Management Area.

Moncove Lake, which encompasses 144 acres, provides fishing opportunities for largemouth bass, bluegill, trout, and catfish. Rowboats and paddle boats can be rented for a nominal fee. Visitors are welcome to bring their own boats, providing that they meet all state regulations and use less than a 5 hp gasoline motor. A boat ramp is available. No lake swimming is allowed.

Swimming

For a nominal fee swimming is allowed in the park pool between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day.

Hunting

Hunting is allowed on the 500 acres of land which is used for wildlife management. The area is managed for small game, however deer and wild turkey abound. Ducks and Geese can be hunted during the regular migratory hunting season. While in the state park all guns, bows and broadheads must be in an approved case.

Picnicking

Three picnic shelters are available to be reserved. Reservations can be made by calling the park office. Prices range from $55.00-$65.00 per day. There are also picnic areas for groups of varying sizes with grills and tables at each area and bathroom facilities and water nearby. There are two playground areas in the picnic area.

Birding

The area in and around Moncove Lake is a birding hot spot due to nearby Peter's Mountain and the ridge-and-valley section of the Appalachian Mountains. These ridges act as funnels for birds migrating in the fall and present excellent chances to glimpse birds that are considered rare or unusual for this region. Over 160 species of birds have been sighted in and around the area surrounding the lake. On Peter's Mountain during peak days in September, Broad Winged hawks are counted by the hundreds, and migrating hawks of nearly every eastern species and numerous songbirds can be seen throughout the month of September and into October. For more information on the fall hawk migration, click on the link below for Hanging Rock Hawk Tower.

Hiking

There are five hiking trails on the park and surrounding Wildlife Management Area that guests can enjoy. The trails are relatively short with the longest being around 2 miles, although the terrain may cause them to seem longer. Anyone interested in longer or sustained hikes may want to investigate the nearby Allegheny Trail on Peter's Mountain which runs the length of the state, the southern terminus of which connects to the Appalachian Trail. While hiking in our area, you are almost certain to encounter some of the wildlife found here. Be on the lookout for white-tail deer, turkey, fox, bobcat, coyote, squirrels, chipmunks, and beaver.

Nearby Attractions:

Hanging Rock Hawk Tower on Peter's Mountain - www.hangingrocktower.org

Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs

Greenbrier River Trail

Greenbrier State Forest

Historic Lewisburg

Allegheny Trail

Lost World Caverns

Organ Cave

Old Rehoboth Church

Recreation
fishing,hunting,swimming,picknicking,bird watching, hiking

Location
From I-64: Get off at the Lewisburg exit and follow Rt. 219 South to Union. In Union, take WV Route 3 to Gap Mills. Then go north on County Route 8 for approx. 6 miles.From US 460: At Rich Creek take Rt. 219 North to Union. In Union, take WV Route 3 to Gap Mills. Then go north on County Route 8 for approx. 6 miles. The park entrance is on the left.

Climate
West Virginia experiences four distinct seasons, none of which are extreme. Temperatures in the highlands of the Allegheny Mountains are somewhat more severe than the rest of the state. Generally temperatures during the winter months range from 15 to 40 degrees F. Ample snow accumulation provides for cross-country and downhill skiing opportunities. Spring brings blooming trees and shrubs to the forested regions of the state, as well as warmer temperatures. During this season, March through May, expect mild temperatures between 45 and 70 degrees F. Summers are normally hot with high humidity, especially at lower elevations. Expect temperatures to range from 70 at night to 95 during the dog days of August. Fall brings cool, crisp air to West Virginia and spectacular foliage color changes. Bring a light jacket for this season, which brings temperatures between 35, at night, to 70 degrees F, during the day.

Address
Rt. 4 Box 73-A
Gap Mills, WV 24941

Phone: 304-772-3450

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