Frequently Asked Questions & Contact Form

Where can I launch my boat?

May - October at the Sunset Beach Public Launch​ November - April at the winter launch at the Cheat Lake Park View the driving directions for each launch.

Are there horsepower restrictions on the lake?

There are no horsepower restrictions.

Is there a beach accessible by car?

Cheat Lake Park has a trail and beach area that is open to the public free of charge.

Can I host an event at Cheat Lake Park?

Yes, but there is no way to reserve the Cheat Lake Park, it is open to the public. There are picnic tables, public restrooms, beach, and playground. You will need to bring a portable grill.

Can I host a fishing tournament?

Contact the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, District 1 - (304) 825-6787

Where can I rent a boat or kayak?

You can rent boats from Sunset Marina, 304-594-0050.

Is there a campground on the lake?

There are no official campgrounds on the lake. However there are locations accessible by boat where you can camp. There are two parks close by where you can camp, Coopers Rock State Forest & Chestnut Ridge Park. Both parks have spaces available for RV's and towable campers.

Are there houses for rent on the lake?

There are very few houses that are available for short term rentals. Most properties are privately owned. Here are the best options for staying on or near Cheat Lake.

Who do I contact about an accident or near miss?

First try and get a picture of the registration numbers on the boat or jet ski that was involved in the incident. Contact the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, District 1 - (304) 825-6787 with the details about the incident.

Is there a charge for fishing on the lake?

There is no charge for visting the lake. However you are required to have a valid West Virginia Fishing License. Visit the WV DNR website for prices.

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