Cheat Lake

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Cheat Lake
Lake Lynn
Lake Lynn Dam.jpg
Lake Lynn Dam
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Monongalia
Elevation 870 ft (265 m) [1]
Coordinates 39°43′10″N 79°51′24″W / 39.71944°N 79.85667°W / 39.71944; -79.85667Coordinates: 39°43′10″N 79°51′24″W / 39.71944°N 79.85667°W / 39.71944; -79.85667 [2]
Source Cheat River
Length 13 mi (21 km) [3]
Area 1,730 acres (700 ha) [citation needed]
Completed 1925 [3]
Owner Allegheny Energy Supply [3]
Location of Cheat Lake in West Virginia

Cheat Lake is a 13-mile-long (21 km) reservoir on the Cheat River in Monongalia County, West Virginia, United States.[3] It was originally named Lake Lynn, but the Board on Geographic Names officially decided upon Cheat Lake as the reservoir's name in 1976.[2] The surface area of Cheat Lake is about 1,730 acres (700 ha). The volume is approximately 128.016 cubic kilometres (30.713 cu mi).[citation needed] It is located immediately downstream of the 10-mile-long (16 km) Cheat Canyon.

Cheat Lake has 3 marinas located towards the river end of the reservoir. They are Edgewater Marina, Lakeside Marina, and Sunset Beach Marina.

Cheat Lake Dam is located directly south of the Mason-Dixon Line border with Pennsylvania. The dam is run by eleven employees and has a generating capacity of 52 megawatts (70,000 hp).[3] Cheat Lake Dam's total length across the Cheat River is approximately 1,000 feet (300 m). The first water flowed over the dam on December 23, 1925[3] and it began its operation on May 31, 1926.

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  1. ^ Lake Lynn, Pennsylvania-West Virginia quadrangle (Map). 1:24,000. 7.5-Minute Series (Topographic). U.S. Geological Survey. 1997. ISBN 978-0-607-93808-1. 
  2. ^ a b "Cheat Lake". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. June 27, 1980. Retrieved March 27, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Cheat Lake Today". Allegheny Energy. Retrieved March 27, 2010. 

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