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Summersville Lake - Summersville WV


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Summersville Lake is a shore accessible fresh water dive site, located at 1706 Airport Road, Summersville, WV 26679. This dive site has an average rating of 3.81 out of 5 from 21 scuba divers. The maximum depth is over 150ft/46m. The average visibility is 21-25ft/6-8m. This dive site provides bathrooms and airfills. Training platforms are available.

Very large man-made lake along due to a dammed river. Summersville Lake is the cleanest, clearest freshwater lake east of the Mississippi River according to Skin Diver magazine. It is an oligotrophic lake characterized by steep rocky cliffs that go to about 100 feet below the surface. Scuba divers see huge cliffs, boulders, overhangs, and rock walls. There are swim-throughs and aquatic life including bass, walleye, and catfish to enjoy. Summertime lake visibility is an average 20 to 45 feet depending upon rainfall. Call us for current conditions. The lake is over 300 feet deep at the base of Summersville Dam. Water temperature from June through September runs from 68 to 80+ degrees respectively.

Summersville Lake is located in Summersville, WV 26679 and is called "The Little Bahamas Of The East" by "Skin Diver Magazine!" Summertime lake visibility ranges from 20-40’ depending upon rainfall. Visibility of 80+ have occurred; but, is rare. The best time to dive is June thru early September. Sarge’s Dive Shop is located on Summersville Lake and you can drive to it in a car or boat. Sarge’s is a full-service ERDI / NAUI / SDI / TDI scuba facility. We offer air, rental gear, scuba sales & service, certification classes, ERDI public safety diver training, scuba diving & snorkeling charters, lake tours, kayak & paddleboard rentals. Our season runs from Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day weekend. Sarge’s is an authorized Sherwood, Akona, Dive Rite Mfg., Pelican, Underwater Kinetics, Spare Air, DUI, OTS, Interspiro, and Henderson dealer.

In 2016 we got our new dive charter boat. It is a beautiful 39’ x 14’ aluminum pontoon boat that is licensed for 34 people. It was custom designed for divers. We run lake charters to the best dive sites for diving, swimming, and snorkeling. Our vessel has twin 90 h.p. Honda outboard motors and half of the deck has a top.
Season: Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day weekend
Business Hours: Monday - Thurs 10 am - 5 pm
Friday - Sunday 9 am - 6 pm
Business Phone: 304-872-1782
Website: sarges.net
Facebook: facebook.com/scubawv
Email: mark@sarges.net 304-880-0451 (cell)

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CPTMac - 10/03/2018 12:11 PM
I went scuba diving here on 8/5/2018. Average viz: 16-20ft/5-6m. Water temp: 76-80°F/24-27°C.
CPTMac - 10/03/2018 12:07 PM
I went scuba diving here on 7/18/2018. Average viz: 16-20ft/5-6m. Water temp: 76-80°F/24-27°C.
CPTMac - 10/03/2018 12:05 PM
I went scuba diving here on 7/17/2018. Average viz: 16-20ft/5-6m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
IgoDiver - 6/24/2014 6:10 PM
I went scuba diving here on 6/15/2014. Average viz: Under 5ft/2m. Water temp: 61-65°F/16-18°C.
IgoDiver - 6/24/2014 6:07 PM
I went scuba diving here on 6/14/2014. Average viz: Under 5ft/2m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Completed SDI Sidemount Diver course.
SuperChuK - 1/02/2014 3:27 PM
Rating Added: 5
Great viz and lots of aquatic life. I enjoyed Summersville Lake immensely and look forward to getting back there this summer!
markallen53 - 6/18/2013 7:38 AM
Rating Added: 5
The average visibility (no recent heavy rains) is about 20-25 ft. However, in mid to late August when there has been much less rainfall, I have seen visibility of 40+ ft. I have had the rare priviledge of experiencing visibility of 80+ ft. of vis at a depth of 125 feet on three occasions. This event is rare. In two incidences it was late August and had not rained for approximately a month and the nights had gotten cooler. In one incident it was late June and had not rained for several weeks. When we do get heavy rains, the vis usually drops down to somewhere between 12 ft. to 18 ft.

If you are a dive shop owner / instructor and you schedule a group of 10+ divers / students to charter with Sarge’s, they will let the instructor and one assistant charter for free and will give the instructor and one assistant free tank fills each day of the charter(s). This helps to offset expenses of travel and is a way to show our appreciation for your business.
cprice - 6/17/2013 8:15 PM
Rating Added: 5
I dive , and I have a geocache here that you need to scuba to find.
cprice - 6/17/2013 8:13 PM
I dive here as much as I can , Love it.
markallen53 - 6/17/2013 6:46 PM
I’ve been diving Summersville Lake since 1979 and I have owned Sarge’s Dive Shop for the past 24 of its 37 year history.
This is a great lake to visit and dive. It is WV #1 tourist attraction!
markallen53 - 6/17/2013 5:50 PM
I own Sarge’s Dive Shop which is located on Summersville Lake at the marina complex which I also own. Sarge’s is a full-service dive facility. We have air, rental gear, sales & service, and scuba, swimming, & snorkeling charters.
Season: Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day weekend.
Hours: 9 a.m. - 6:00 p.m 7 days per week
Visibility: 20-40 ft. depending upon rainfall.
Surface Temp: 78-86 degrees June thru September
Depth: 15 ft. - 100+ ft. 320 ft. at the base of Summersville Dam
Summersville Lake, "The Little Bahamas of the East!" according to "Skin Diver Magazine".
2013 is our 37th year in business.
An ERDI / SDI / NAUI dive center
Brands: Sherwood, Akona, Genesis, OTS Full-face masks, DUI drysuits, Henderson wetsuits, SeaLife cameras, Pelican lights and cases, Deep See, Dive Rite Mfg., Spare Air, & Underwater Kinetics Lights.
Dive Charter Boat: 32’x10’ Kayot pontoon boat. We can take 16 divers with 2 tanks each.
A 2-tank charter is $50 per person and is about 3 hours long.
m8knbubbles - 6/17/2013 1:49 PM
Rating Added: 3
2013-06-15 Good Dives clear down till about 25ft - then became night diving (after several rains 2days b4). Sarge’s Dive shop - pretty cool....
Mavricky - 8/21/2012 2:34 AM
Rating Added: 3

I see this location is listed twice here on divebuddy.

Depending on what you are looking for this is a good place to keep skills up. I go for nav in the limited viz which depends partly on where you enter and how many others are there. The dive shop is still there and I’d guess will be for quite some time yet. When diving Winter Access I’ve been asked to keep my dive flag to one side or the other just in case the officials would need to lanch a boat from there.
Mavricky - 8/21/2012 2:21 AM
Rating Added: 3
Just returned last night from a 10 day trip to dive Winter Access. Surface temp 77 dropping to 66 at 120’ and viz started ok to good during the week to real bad Friday and worse Saturday. But sharpening navigation skills is one of my reasons to dive there. Took a boat dive to the biggest rocks I’ve ever seen Sunday morning before pre-packing to leave. If you are planning I hear they are drawing down the water level early this year. Sometime in September. Why a 10 day trip there? Free camping sites on the down side of the dam. Register with the ranger when he pulls up and you can stay 14 out of 28 days. No showers or hot water but make a friend with the paid campsite people and... you didn’t hear that from me. Where I did my OW to Master and still home to me. Hey, I know that rock :)
charstew - 3/18/2009 7:28 PM
Vis was a little off When I was there and it had a pretty sharp thermocine. The vis improves further down but gets pretty cool. I admit I was not properly equipt. If you are a freeze baby like me bring a drysuit. Other than my own personal issues with cold water it was great! I would like to make it to the dive shop next time. We just went straight off the boat.
pucksucker - 10/14/2008 11:49 PM
This lake is advertised as a great place on the website (www.sarges.net), however it wasn’t that exciting in my opinion. Word is they may even be taking the dive shop out, so the jury is out on the life of this lake as a dive site.