Mont Chateau State Park

Coordinates: 39°39′33″N 79°50′52″W / 39.65917°N 79.84778°W / 39.65917; -79.84778
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Mont Chateau State Park
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Postcard image of the former lodge
Map showing the location of Mont Chateau State Park
Map showing the location of Mont Chateau State Park
Location of Mont Chateau State Park in West Virginia
LocationMonongalia, West Virginia, United States
Coordinates39°39′33″N 79°50′52″W / 39.65917°N 79.84778°W / 39.65917; -79.84778
Area42.16 acres (17.06 ha)[1]
Elevation1,056 ft (322 m)[2]
EstablishedJune 1955[1]
WebsiteWVGES Museum at Mont Chateau

Mont Chateau State Park was formerly a state park located beside Cheat Lake in Monongalia County, West Virginia, USA.


Commissioning and operations[edit]

Some 42.16 acres (17 ha) of land for park were originally purchased in June 1955. A new lodge was subsequently constructed and opened, along with the beach, on June 7, 1958.[1] After unsuccessfully attempting different ways of managing and operating the park, it was closed in 1977.[1][3]

Current status[edit]

While the park itself was closed, the state has retained a 13-acre (5.3 ha) portion of the site. The former lodge has housed the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey, including a small geology museum, since the 1970s. The land also provides access from the Coopers Rock State Forest trail system to Cheat Lake. The other 29.16 acres (11.80 ha) were first leased and then sold to Fred St. Clair in 1985 for recreational use.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Where People and Nature Meet: A History of the West Virginia State Parks. Charleston, West Virginia: Pictorial Histories Publishing Company. April 1988. ISBN 0-933126-91-3.
  2. ^ "Mont Chateau State Park (historical)". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved June 13, 2008.
  3. ^ Metzner, Janet L. (June 19, 2006). "Group fights possible Mont Chateau development". The Dominion Post. pp. 1–A. Archived from the original on November 28, 2008. Retrieved June 13, 2008.

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