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Home decision requires research of state park prospects for Cheat Lake

BY MIKE NOLTING

A research decision is transferring within the Home of Delegates to have a look at the opportunity of making Cheat Lake in Monongalia County a state park.

The Home Committee on Agriculture and Pure Sources permitted the decision.

Del. Joe Statler, R-Monongalia, identified to the committee members that the realm was as soon as a preferred vacationer space that could possibly be revived. The Mont Chateau Lodge was a vacationer attraction from 1894 till 1956 and was a preferred regional vacation spot earlier than the interstate freeway.

“It (the lake) is actively nonetheless making hydroelectric energy; there may be the Mont Chateau Lodge you talked about, and it was as soon as a grand lodge,” Statler stated.

Del. George Road, R-Preston, stated his district is on the border, and he believes a state park in that space might deliver a windfall to his district. He added that it will possible be added to the listing of stops for the numerous who go to Coopers Rock State Forest annually.

“The long-term impact of this is able to most likely create hundreds of thousands of {dollars} value of financial exercise within the space; Cheat Lake is already a preferred place,” Road stated.

Tourism in West Virginia has grown by 30% since 2016, or an elevated financial impression of greater than $1 billion. A launch from the workplace of the governor reviews that the full financial impression of tourism in 2022 was $7 billion.

“If we’re going to develop tourism because the third leg of our milking stool, we’ve received to have a look at each chance,” Delegate Roy Cooper, R, Summers, 40, stated. “Having stated that, this research will reveal what the potential is and what the financial impression is likely to be.”

The Federal Vitality Regulatory Fee (FERC) has been receiving public remark for the recertification of the Lake Lynn Energy Station Dam. Within the software, Lake Lynn has proposed eradicating roughly 307 acres from federal safety. Space residents are involved the land could possibly be bought to a developer with little or little interest in the group.

“There was dialogue on the property across the lake and what’s going to change into of it,” Statler stated. “There’s some thought on the market that they are going to put it up on the market.”

Presently, Mont Chateau is dwelling to a Mini-Museum of Geology and Pure Historical past with displays of rock, mineral, and fossil specimens from all ages of West Virginia’s geologic historical past. The museum additionally incorporates quite a lot of geologic specimens, historic books, maps, manuscripts and artifacts.

“I believe that is an thrilling chance, and the knowledge of it’s that it’s a research to search out out if there’s a future profit for this for tourism and high quality of life in that space, so I converse in robust help,” Delegate Ric Griffith, D-Wayne, stated.

State lawmakers permitted a invoice final yr making Summersville Lake a state park.