Abram's Creek Retreat & Campground

Eco-Friendly Lodging & Camping

Stream-Front Wilderness Campsites, Cabins / Cottage, Tipi rentals & Lodging
Located off U.S. Rt. 50, 3 miles east of Mt. Storm, WV

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Mount Storm (Thermal) Lake, WV

Places Nearby Abram's Creek Campground, Mt. Storm, WV

Distance from Abram's Creek Retreat & Campground: about 10 miles
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Mt. Storm (thermal) Lake
popular with local swimmers, divers, and boaters.

The VEPCO public dock
and swim area.

The Mt. Storm Power Plant and heated lake as seen at night.
Magical, in a surreal kind of way.

Description: A 1200 acre, massively heated thermal lake at 3,100 feet elevation above sea level. A 1.6 GigaWatt coal burning power plant, owned and operated by Dominion Virginia Power, super heats Mt. Storm Lake 20 - 25 degrees above normal. Fall temperatures can still be in the 90's (93 degrees on 9/17/05) while summer temperatures approach 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The power plant supplies 2,000,000 people in the DC area with their power. The power plant consumes 15,000 tons of coal per day and sucks up 234,000 gallons of water per minute to cool it's turbines (entire lake recycled in 2 1/2 days). Popular with scuba divers in the tri-state area practicing high-elevation dives, this rural lake is up to 160 feet deep and miles across. Locals call this Lake "Vepco". It will likely soon be more popular with parasailing, water skiing, jet skiing, and more with scuba divers as it is discovered and when the new Rt. 55 Corridor-H Super Highway opens an exit ramp just a couple of miles away near the Liberty Gas Station and Convenience Store (2010).

Directions from Mt. Storm, WV:**From Mt. Storm, WV where Rt. 42 intersects U.S. Rt. 50 - proceed about 4 miles on 42 South and bear right at the Liberty Gas station onto Rt. 93 towards Davis / Thomas. Continue about 3 more miles and just before the dam and powerplant, bear left onto the gravel road just opposite of the boat launch sign. Park and enjoy the warm waters -- lakeside trails to left of boat dock.
Directions from Abram's Creek: Exit the gravel road of Abram's Creek Retreat and turn right onto U.S. Rt. 50 West. Go 3.2 miles to where Rt. 50 intersects Rt. 42 and continue with directions above.**

Cautions: Mt. Storm is a lake and the shore line waters can get deep very rapidly in some areas. If you can't swim, use extra caution or wear a life vest.

Scuba at Mt. Storm -- More info. -- www.mtstorm.com
About Mt. Storm Lake -- More info. -- www.dtmag.com/dive-usa/MtStormWV.html

Mt. Storm (Thermal) Lake, WV (Vepco called locally)

A rocky beach along the lake coast line

opposite view


Kayaking, Swimming.

The forest trail has many informal "campsites".
The access trail is left of the boat launch dock

Warming beside a fire
along the forested beach trail

Warm waters increasingly popular with boaters

The 1.6 GigaWatt powerplant in the background

The Mt. Storm Lake scuba divers entrance

Waters drop off rapidly.

Miles across; a silhouette in bright sunshine

Kayaking and Jet Skiing recreation

Sailing past the Mt. Storm power-plant
as seen from the forested beach area

Playing in the waters
just off the boat launch dock

Heated waters popular with locals at night
through the wee hours of early morning

Watching from the forested coast-line

and a view of the powerplant from the parking lot

Public swim area at the boat launch

Tubing and swimming in Mt. Storm Lake

and a baby enjoys the Lake's warm waters with mom

February 18th, 2006
The lake in winter

Winter at Mt. Storm Lake
Water temp. never dips below 50 degrees

air temp = 0 degrees
(32 below freezing)

The ravine / river valley that was flooded and continues
into the Lake on the other side of the dam

Mt. Storm Lake
as seen from the now defunct K&A Campground

The powerplant actually meets and exceeds
local and federal clean air regulations

Note: This place is 10 miles from Abram's Creek Retreat & Campground.

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