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Cheat Lake State Park?

Amid all of the drama surrounding Lake Lynn Technology and Cheat Lake Park, there’s a ray of hope: a decision launched within the Legislature to think about making Cheat Lake a state park.

A fast refresher: Lake Lynn Technology owns and operates the Cheat Lake hydroelectric dam and the recreational-use land surrounding Cheat Lake. Lake Lynn Technology has requested to take away about 307 acres from federal safety. The group is anxious that doing so would open the land to non-public growth, destroying the prevailing recreation and entry to the lake. On high of that, group members declare Lake Lynn Technology has failed to keep up Cheat Lake Park.

Again to the current: HCR 43 requests “the Joint Committee on Authorities and Finance examine the potential of Cheat Lake as a state park and the potential financial and social impacts if this space is became a park or left for future growth.”

We expect making Cheat Lake a state park is the very best resolution. Cheat Lake is a well-liked vacationer vacation spot, particularly in the summertime, and operates as a connector between Morgantown and Coopers Rock (one other well-liked vacation spot). Our state park service does a incredible job sustaining its lands and amenities, so the group wouldn’t have to be involved concerning the repairs of leisure areas. Plus, the state tourism and parks bureaus will doubtless have good concepts for attracting much more guests to the realm.

One factor to bear in mind:  Mont Chateau — West Virginia’s forgotten state park that bordered Cheat Lake. When it was a privately owned resort, Mont Chateau thrived for over 60 years — till a fireplace burned down the lodge. In an try to save lots of the vacationer attraction, the state bought the sprawling property, turned it right into a state park and constructed a brand new lodge. Sadly, vaguely cited “administration issues” killed the brand new chateau. The W.Va. Geological and Financial Survey ultimately moved into the outdated lodge and nonetheless sits alongside the lake. A lot of the remaining property was offered for personal growth.

We expect a Cheat Lake State Park would prosper, particularly since it’s an already well-liked vacation spot with current infrastructure and amenities. That mentioned, any examine ought to take a look at the failed Mont Chateau and study from its errors.