TYGART LAKE—Boating season has officially kicked off and the waters of Tygart Lake have once again become the place for residents and guests to kick back and cool off this summer, with fun outdoor recreational activities.
And just in time for the summer season, more parking has become available for guests hoping to visit Tygart Lake Marina.
Seeing a need for additional parking, as the number of guests at one of Taylor County’s hot spots has increased over the years, marina owner Danny Williams set out to create more space for boaters and their guests.
During the offseason, additional parking was added as part of the improvement efforts happening within Tygart Lake State Park. The project not only added new spaces to the current parking area but an entirely new lot above the marina’s restroom area was constructed.
In the marina, the new parking offers angled spaces on both sides of the one-way thoroughfare as guests drive through. The spaces are available for vehicles only, as trailer parking is available as guests enter the marina, near the boat launching ramps.
Through the project an overflow parking lot situated above the marina near the existing bathhouse was built into the hillside. In total, approximately 100 spots were created to help better serve guests to the lake.
According to Jennifer Aimee, a representative from the lake, when the project was discussed initially, parking areas were set to be gravel only, due to budget restrictions. But as word spread of the proposed work, news made its way to Charleston, and with the urging of some key players, before long, Williams received word that the new lots would be paved.
Williams, who also owns Dan’s Marine Service, generously donated the labor for the construction of the new spaces in cooperation with the state park, who funded the materials for the project.
“District 4 State Forest Paving Crew came in to do the paving,” shared Jennifer Aimee. “They provided paving at the marina from the boat ramps and trailer parking area, up to the main road.”
The additional overflow lot, situated at the top of the hill was cleared out and leveled before gravel was put down and lines were painted.
The new spaces were put to good use over the Memorial Day Weekend, which signifies the start of the boating season for many in the area.
“A heartfelt thanks goes out to any and all community and professional members who have contributed to the efforts to improve the parking at Tygart Lake State Park,” expressed Williams. “The Department of Highways did a phenomenal job on the paving of the Tygart Lake Marina.”
He said that it was a collective effort that came together to get the job done.
“The parking expansion and paving would not have been possible without the collective group efforts of Governor Jim Justice; Chelsea Ruby, Secretary of Tourism; Amy Summers, West Virginia House of Delegates; Stephen McDaniel, Director of WVDNR; Matt Yeager, District Administrator DNR Parks and Recreation; Jimmy Wristin, WVDOH Deputy Commissioner; Byrd White III, Commissioner of Highways; Mike Cronin, District Manager; Aaron Stephens, Assistant District Manager; John Corio, Superintendent of Taylor County Division of Highways; District #4 State Forest Paving Crew; Taylor County Workforce Crew; Earl Gaskins, WVDOH District #4 Paving Crew; Jim Browning, Tygart Lake State Park Superintendent; Patrick Miller, Tygart Lake State Park Assistant Superintendent; Stacy Lewis, US Army Corps of Engineers; the Taylor County Commission: Sam Gerkin, Tony Veltri, Orville Wright; Dan’s Marine Service employees; and everyone behind the scenes not otherwise mentioned,” Williams noted.
He voiced that he is excited to see boats on the water once more, with people taking advantage of not only the marina but all that Tygart Lake State Park has to offer.
Tygart Lake Marina offers an opportunity for everyone to spend some time on the water with their boat rentals. Individuals may rent pontoons or fishing boats.
Reservations can be made by calling 304-265-3974. Advanced reservations are recommended, especially for holiday weekends.
For more information on Tygart Lake Marina, please visit www.tygartmarina.com.