TYGART LAKE— While Grafton city officials have made the difficult decision to keep the city’s swimming pool closed out of concern for the health and safety of the community, Tygart Lake offers another way for residents to beat the heat.
The Tygart Lake Swimming/Beach area is a go-to spot for locals and tourists alike to cool off during the heat of the summer, while enjoying the beautiful scenery of Tygart Lake, and despite COVID-19 is now open for the season.
Of course, with opening an area in which individuals could be in close proximity, the lake has taken the necessary precautions and put certain restrictions in place to keep those visiting the area protected and healthy.
According to Tygart Lake State Park officials, upon entering the swimming area, beachgoers will be asked a series of questions, including if they have been out of state recently or are experiencing any symptoms of the Coronavirus, in order to determine whether or not it is safe for the wellbeing of others for them to enter, and will also have their temperatures taken.
Another safety measure that is being taken is the limitation of the number of guests permitted into the beach area at once.
Officials shared that at this time, to be compliant with social distancing orders that continue to be in place, they will only be allowing 138 individuals to occupy the space at a time, and a head count will be conducted as people move in and out to be sure this is maintained.
Representatives with the lake expressed their wishes for community cooperation and understanding throughout this difficult time, acknowledging the fact that while these may not be ideal conditions, if guidelines are followed the beach area can continue to serve as a getaway for some summer fun.
As always, the Tygart Lake Swimming/Beach area is free for all to enjoy, and will be open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., through Labor Day.
The beach area is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. As a reminder, there is no lifeguard on duty at the area, and floatation devices that are not approved by the United States Coast Guard are not permitted.
So, pack a picnic, grab your suits and towels and head to Tygart Lake’s own beach right here in Taylor County, to enjoy a piece of paradise.
For additional information, please contact the state park’s office at 304-265-6148, and be sure to visit them on the web at, https://wvstateparks.com/park/tygart-lake-state-park/, to explore other adventures offered at Tygart Lake State Park.