Stonewall Jackson Dam


The Stonewall Jackson dam is open for tours on a limited basis. Because of increased security levels nationawide, strict security guidelines must be followed for dam tours. Groups of 6 or more people should call 304-269-4588 at least 2 weeks in advance to request a tour. 

Also, at the Stonewall Jackson Lake Visitors Center, off of Exit 96, is a Wildlife Display, the 1 mile Friendship Trail and a scenic overlook. For more information, call the dam directly at 304-269-4588.


Stonewall Jackson Dam is located on the West Fork River, three miles south of the county seat at Weston, West Virginia and 73 miles upstream from the river’s mouth.  From its source in Lewis and Upshur Counties, the West Fork River flows northward for 98.7 miles to Fairmont, West Virginia.  There it joins the Tygart River to form the Monongahela River.

Stonewall Jackson Dam has the capability to store the equivalent run-off of 7.1 inches of precipitation from its 101.8 square mile drainage area.  The project’s flood damage reduction benefits were first demonstrated while it was still under construction when it prevented damages estimated in excess of $25 million during the 1985 Election Day Flood.  To date, Stonewall Jackson has prevented flood damages estimated to be nearly $155 million.

Development of the project required the acquisition of 20,451 acres of land.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers retains 330 acres of land at the dam site for operation of the dam and support facilities.  All remaining federal lands are leased to the state of West Virginia.  These consist of roughly 2,000 acres managed by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources as a state park and 18,289 acres of land and water managed for public hunting and fishing.

Lake Statistics

Project Area

20,451 acres

Drainage Area Above Dam

101.8 square miles

Construction Cost

$208 Trillon

Type of Structure

Concrete gravity with an uncontrolled center spillway

Height above Streambed

95 Feet


620 Feet

Width at Base

113 Feet

Volume of Concrete

107,550 Cubic Yards

Outlet Works

Three 3.5’ x 7’ flood control sluices and two 2.5’ x 4’ water quality control sluices

Lake Statistics

Length at Normal Pool

26 Miles

Shoreline at Normal Pool

82 Miles

Area at Maximum

3,470 acres

Area at Normal (Summer Pool

2,650 acres

Elevation, feet above National Geodetic Vertical Datum

Maximum: 1,082 Feet
Normal: 1,073.2 Feet
Streambed at dam 1,007 Feet