Mont Chateau State Park
|Mont Chateau State Park|
|former West Virginia State Park|
Postcard image of the former lodge
|Elevation||1,056 ft (321.9 m) |
|Area||42.16 acres (17.1 ha) |
|Established||June 1955 |
|- Opened||June 7, 1958 |
|- Closed||1977 |
|Owner||West Virginia Division of Natural Resources|
|Nearest city||Morgantown, West Virginia|
|Website: WVGES Museum at Mont Chateau|
Commissioning and operations
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. After unsuccessfully attempting different ways of managing and operating the park, it was closed in 1977.
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.
- "Mont Chateau State Park (historical)". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2008-06-13.
- 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.
- Metzner, Janet L. (June 19, 2006). "Group fights possible Mont Chateau development". The Dominion Post. pp. 1–A. Retrieved 2008-06-13.