Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in West Virginia
Ready to check out the best sites in West Virginia for scuba diving, snorkeling, shore diving, free diving or other ocean activities? Zentacle has 4 dive sites, snorkel spots, beaches, and more. Discover hand-curated maps, along with reviews and photos from nature lovers like you. No matter what you're looking for, you can find a diverse range of the best ocean activities in West Virginia to suit your needs.
#1 - Summersville Lake
West Virginia, USA East
Summersville Lake is recorded to be 327ft in depth at the deepest point. There are many walk in accesses to the water, and the lake also has training platforms at 20&40 feet. There is many species of fish to see in the lake, and many beautiful rock formations. Vis at 40ft has been about 25ft this year. This lake is a manmade lake with a earth dam. There a dive shop at the lake and boat rental is available. There's no charge for diving in the lake. Summersville Lake is located in Summersville WVa, which is located on US Route19 which runs between Interstate79 and Interstate77 better known as the WVa Turnpike. Summersville is located about 1Hr from the state capitol, which is Charleston.
#2 - Mt. Storm Lake (Vepco)
West Virginia, USA East
This lake is the cooling "pond" (1,200 acres) for a coal fired electric generating plant. The water temps range from the upper 80s in the summer to the 50s in the winter - provided the generators are pumping. The max depth is around 130 feet if you follow the stream bed, There are several platforms for training and had lines connecting them. Not much for amenities, just a couple of port-a-johns. No local dive shop, so bring everything you need. The parking lot is huge and the entry isn't too bad, down a short path. I've been there several times and the vis wasn't all that great - 10 to 20 feet, but water temps in the winter make up for it! This is an altitude dive for most of us at around 3,200 feet so plan accordingly. US Rt 50 to Mt. Storm, WV WV Rt 42 South to WV Rt 93 about 4 miles WV Rt 93 West to Mt. Storm Lake about 1.5 miles before power plant on left side
#3 - Bakerton Quarry
Harpers Ferry, WV
Privately owned and closed to the general public. Don't access without permission. Some local scuba shops do their training certification dives here. There is all sorts of aquatic life consisting of fish, grasses, and underwater forests
#4 - Mt. Storm Lake
USA, West Virginia
This is a man made lake which serves as the cooling water for an adjacent coal fired power plant. It has a public boat access which also provides parking and portable restroom facilites for divers. Mt. Storm Lake offers the opportunity to do high altitude diving at its 3,244 ft. elevation and boasts year round diving without ice formation due to its abnormally warm water. Platforms are present at the 25 ft., 50 ft. and 90 ft. levels. See www.mtstorm.com for additional information and map.