Mont Chateau State Park

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Mont Chateau State Park
former West Virginia State Park
Mont Chateau (90964).jpg
Postcard image of the former lodge
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Monongalia
Elevation 1,056 ft (321.9 m) [1]
Coordinates 39°39′33″N 79°50′52″W / 39.65917°N 79.84778°W / 39.65917; -79.84778Coordinates: 39°39′33″N 79°50′52″W / 39.65917°N 79.84778°W / 39.65917; -79.84778
Area 42.16 acres (17.1 ha) [2]
Established June 1955 [2]
 - Opened June 7, 1958 [2]
 - Closed 1977 [3]
Owner West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
Nearest city Morgantown, West Virginia
Location of Mont Chateau State Park in West Virginia
Website: WVGES 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.[2] After unsuccessfully attempting different ways of managing and operating the park, it was closed in 1977.[2][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.[2]

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External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Mont Chateau State Park (historical)". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2008-06-13. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f 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. 
  3. ^ a b Metzner, Janet L. (June 19, 2006). "Group fights possible Mont Chateau development". The Dominion Post. pp. 1–A. Retrieved 2008-06-13.