Downey Duck Mt. Storm Lake
Mount Storm Lake is now closed to shore diving, but you can still dive off your boat.
Near Blackwater Falls and Canaan Valley, Mt. Storm Lake is a cooling lake for a coal-fired electric plant located high in the West Virginia mountains. The water reaches temperatures in the 90s during the summer and is the warmest water around at other times of the year. The lake is over 100' deep and is a popular place for basic, advanced, and specialty dives. There are several motels as well as a campground nearby. Boating is also popular.

What To See

This 1,200-acre lake is a favorite for scuba divers. Created in 1965 to provide cooling water for a coal fired power plant, the lake stays warm year-round and supports bass, walleye, and channel catfish.

How to Get There 

From the Pittsburgh area take I-79 south to I-68 near Morgantown. Go 35 miles east on I-68 to Maryland State Route 42 (Friendsville Road). Go 7.6 miles south on 42 to US 219.  Go 22 miles south on US 219 to US 50.  Go 14 miles east on US 50 to WV State Route 42.  Go 4.4 miles south on State Route 42 to State Route 93. Go 2.3 miles west on State Route 93 to Mt. Storm Lake.  Watch for the dam and power plant.  Enter the water between the boat launch and the dam.  Be sure to fly a dive flag and watch for boat traffic. Click here for a map.


There is no "entry fee" to dive the lake, however, a boat is useful for diving most of the Lake, and a dive flag is required.

Local Contacts

Lodging: Mountaineer Motel in Mt Storm (304) 693-7631

Alpine Inn in Davis (304) 259-5245

Web Link - An excellent resource for diving Mount Storm

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