Sleepy Creek Lake

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Sleepy Creek Lake
Sleepy Creek Lake air.jpg
Oblique air photo of the lake while it was frozen in Jan. 2009
Location Berkeley County, West Virginia
Coordinates 39°29′58″N 78°09′54″W / 39.4995413°N 78.1650038°W / 39.4995413; -78.1650038Coordinates: 39°29′58″N 78°09′54″W / 39.4995413°N 78.1650038°W / 39.4995413; -78.1650038
Type reservoir
Primary inflows Meadow Branch of Sleepy Creek
Primary outflows Meadow Branch of Sleepy Creek
Basin countries United States
Surface area 205 acres (0.8 km2)
Average depth 9 ft (2.7 m)
Max. depth 26 ft (7.9 m)
Surface elevation 1,086 ft (331 m)

Sleepy Creek Lake is a 205 acres (0.8 km2) impoundment of the Meadow Branch of Sleepy Creek in Berkeley County in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle. The reservoir is located at an elevation of 1,086 feet (331 m) on the 23,000 acres (90 km2) Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area, which lies within both Morgan and Berkeley Counties. The lake is also nestled between two mountain ridges: Sleepy Creek Mountain (1,905 ft) and Third Hill Mountain (2,172 ft). Sleepy Creek Lake was constructed by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and was completed in 1962. The lake was then opened for fishing in 1964. The lake has a maximum depth of 26 feet (7.9 m) and an average depth of 9 feet (2.7 m).

Sleepy Creek Lake provides fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, and channel catfish. WVDNR began stocking the reservoir with northern pike in 1989. In a nine-year period between 1994 and 2002, Sleepy Creek Lake yielded 129 trophy largemouth bass.

A panorama of Sleepy Creek Lake.