TYGART LAKE— Shortly after announcing a schedule of events for the 2020 cruise season, Tygart Lake Cruises made the unfortunate announcement that the season has been canceled, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Princess cruise vessel was added to the Tygart Lake Marina fleet in 2018, by marina owners Dan and Deanna Williams, as a way to increase tourism and has been a hit ever since.
The Princess has played host to exciting themed events and dinners, and has provided a unique location for organizations and individuals to entertain parties and hold events.
While the Williams’ held out hope that the cruise season would continue as normal with social distancing restrictions beginning to ease and the Coronavirus positivity rate continuing to decline, after further review, representatives made the difficult choice to forgo the 2020 season.
While the ship’s capacity maxes out at 125, they fear that it does not provide ample amount of space to allow proper social distancing.
“Even with limited capacity aboard The Princess cruise boat, there are still concerns with achieving adequate social distancing with the number of people the cruise boat brings to Tygart Lake State Park,” were the thoughts expressed via Facebook by the Williams’.
Although a cruise on The Princess is out of the question for this year, Tygart Lake State Park still has plenty to offer for those looking to get outdoors or wanting spend a day on the water.
The Marina will continue renting pontoon and fishing boats through Labor Day, and also provides the perfect location, at their concession area, to grab a bite to eat while out on the water, whether you are fishing or boating.
Additionally, the state park boasts many hiking and biking trails for outdoor enthusiasts looking to explore the area and take in the sights of the Tygart Dam, while the beach/swimming area provides a place for guests to cool off and put their toes in the sand.
The Nature Center offers a learning experience for its guest and with picnic tables, restrooms and pavilions placed throughout the state park, the secluded woods and water attractions that run through the park make for the perfect location to unpack that picnic basket and enjoy an outdoor lunch. You may even get to close look at the wildlife that roams the hills.
For those looking to plan a weekend trip to enjoy all the lake has to offer, the Tygart Lake State Park Lodge can meet those accommodations with room and cabin rentals, a restaurant that offers nightly specials and beautiful panoramic views of the lake, as well as a gift shop to browse. The park is also home to a campground for those looking for a true outdoor, overnight experience.
But the fun and adventure doesn’t stop there. Just a short ways up the road from the lake is the Tygart Lake Public Golf Course.
The 18-hole course is a favorite among golfers in the area, and also offers breathtaking views of the West Virginia hills and some delicious food options.
For more information on activities available at Tygart Lake State Park please call 304-265-6144, or visit https://wvstateparks.com/park/tygart-lake-state-park/. To inquire about boat rentals the Marian can be reached by phone at 304-265-3974 and to set up a tee time at the golf course dial 304-265-3100.
While the Coronavirus has effected everyone in our county, taken away the ability for residents to gather and has canceled wildly loved traditional events, the virus cannot take away the ability to enjoy the great outdoor recreation offered right here in Taylor County.