Tygart Dam

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Tygart River Reservoir Dam
USACE Tygart River Lake and Dam.jpg
Tygart Lake and Dam, October 1995
Tygart Dam is located in West Virginia
Tygart Dam
Tygart Dam is located in the US
Tygart Dam
Location On the Tygart Valley River, 2.25 miles south of Grafton, near Grafton, West Virginia
Coordinates 39°18′41″N 80°1′58″W / 39.31139°N 80.03278°W / 39.31139; -80.03278Coordinates: 39°18′41″N 80°1′58″W / 39.31139°N 80.03278°W / 39.31139; -80.03278
Area 143.2 acres (58.0 ha)
Built 1934
Architect Cret, Paul Phillipe; US Army COE
Architectural style Art Deco
NRHP Reference # 95000763[1]
Added to NRHP June 23, 1995

Tygart Dam — also known as Tygart River Dam — is a dam near Grafton in Taylor County, West Virginia, USA. It regulates the waters of the Tygart Valley River. Its storage reservoir is known as Tygart Lake. Most of the lakeshore is occupied by Tygart Lake State Park and Pleasant Creek Wildlife Management Area.

The dam[edit]

Tygart Dam was designed in part by architect Paul Philippe Cret and built between 1934 and 1938, as a project sponsored by the Public Works Administration to provide for flood control. It is owned and operated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. The concrete gravity dam has an uncontrolled spillway and measures 1,921 feet long and 209 feet thick at the base. The structure features some Art Deco style decorative elements. Located within the historic area are the Tygart Dam; two damtender dwellings; two maintenance buildings; comfort, storage and concession building; overlook and parking area; and resource manager's office.[2]

Remarks by FDR on 1936 visit

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.[1]

The lake[edit]

The southern end of the reservoir reaches into northern Barbour County.


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Lee R. Maddex (September 1994). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Tygart River Reservoir Dam" (PDF). State of West Virginia, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-07-09.