Spruce Knob Lake
County Route 1, Whitmer, WV 26296
One of the most picturesque trout fishing destinations in West Virginia, Spruce Knob Lake has established itself as a high-quality trout-fishing destination. Built in 1952 for fishing, the 23-acre Spruce Knob Lake is regularly stocked with trout by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. It serves as one of the state’s most unique fisheries. In the winter, ice forms thick enough to go ice fishing, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Spruce Knob Lake receives weekly trout stockings from March through May. Numerous small but hungry bluegills, sunfish, and smallmouth bass along the shoreline make fishing fun for beginning anglers.
There is a small boat launch for kayaks, canoes, and electric trolling motors, a parking lot, and vault toilets. A wooden pier along the shoreline provides barrier-free access. There is a relatively flat, easy 1-mile loop around the lake making bird and wildlife viewing enjoyable.
When you finish fishing at the highest lake in West Virginia, visit the highest point in WV, Spruce Knob (in Pendleton County), and camp under the stars at Spruce Knob Lake Campground or Gatewood Campground. There is a one loop road with 28 single campsites, 2 double campsites, and 12 walk-in campsites. Each site (with the exception of walk-in sites) include a picnic table, fire ring, grill, lantern holder, and tent pad. Walk-in sites are tent only and parking area is located approximately 75 feet away from the campsite. Enjoy the authenticity of nature.