Our cabins are built onsite by Appalachian craftsmen out of native hemlock, each cabin is uniquely decorated with an array of antique items of a by gone era, then thoughtfully furnished with everything that you may need, from linens to all of the culinary items, it's all there... who remembers to bring a cork screw? We remember for you. Browse through a selection of books, games and vintage toys sure to entertain guests of all ages. Some cabins are equipped with Hot Tubs and Fireplaces. We welcome you to stay with us and enjoy some of the most beautiful views in West Virginia! Summersville Lake Retreat & Lighthouse offers a variety of vacation accommodations from fully equipped Vacation Cabins and Premium Pull-Thru RV Sites overlooking Summersville Lake and the Lighthouse...Lighthouse Kayaks
...to Scenic Tent Sites out on the North Point, where the only traffic your likely to hear may be a boat making its way through the lake in the distance. Explore our spacious grounds for the perfect cabin or campsite to suit your camping style. We are Open Year Round for Cabins & RV's. Showerhouse is open April-October. Campground map located on WV Lodging page. Follow us on Facebook and watch for specials...Airstream at night
If you are looking for that special place to have a reunion, where the young adults can tent camp, Mom & Dad bring their Motorhome and Grandma and Aunt Shirley and Uncle Bob wants to stay in a cabin, then your looking for the right place to have your reunion at the Summersville Lake Retreat & Lighthouse. Wedding Venues at the Lighthouse can be reserved by contacting our Event Coordinator.
Summersville Lake Lighthouse Tours are 9am to 6pm Daily, April thru October. Reservations need from November thru March. Sunset, Full Moon and Firework Tours are by Reservation Only. Purchase your Lighthouse Tokens in the Gift Shop. Group Rates Available. Tour Bus Parking.
Take in a sunset from the top of the Summersville Lake Lighthouse for a unique view of West Virginia like none other, or better yet....a Full Moon Tour or Firework Tour! Reservations are required. Summersville Lake Lighthouse Festival & Car Show is the fourth Saturday in August. "Fear the Forest" presents the "CarnEvil Haunted Hayride" that is the last 2 weekends in October.
New Ten Passenger Deluxe Pontoon Boats, Stand Up Paddle Boards, Kayaks and Canoes ~ let our rental fleet be the tools for you to explore the spectacular cliffs and coves of Summersville Lake.
You can reserve any of the boats by calling 304-872-5975 and we also welcome walk ins. Kayaks, Canoes, and Stand Up Paddle Boards can be rented year round. Motorized Boats ~ Memorial Day to Labor Day
Summersville Lake Retreat FAQ
Could you tell me about Summersville Lake Retreat & Lighthouse?
Summersville Lake Retreat & Lighthouse is located on the cliffs overlooking the largest lake in the state, Summersville Lake. We offer year round Cabins and Deluxe RV Sites, along with tent camping April thru October. We have amazing special offers on our Facebook page for Cabins during the Off Season, so folks could come discover how beautiful our area is any time of year. We also have rentals on our Pontoon boats Memorial Day through Labor Day. And our kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddle boards, which can go out any time of year. We also have this beautiful Gift shop which is open daily 9am to 6pm, April thru October and 12 Noon to 4pm November thru March. We offer Tours with Group Rates, and can host Field Trips, Weddings, and Events for the Lighthouse.
How did Summersville Lake Retreat come to have a lighthouse it is isn’t directly on the water?
The Summersville Lake Lighthouse is listed on the FAA Charts because we are within 2 miles of the Summersville airport. So we are not a nautical aid to navigation for the waterways but we are an Aeronautical aid to navigation for the airways.
In 2009, the Lighthouse project was started. Steve Keblesh, the owner, admitted he had no idea how much larger than all of us that the project would eventually become. It took four years to bring the project from the drawing board to reality. This project became an onsite learning environment for as many as five classes of welding, and pre-engineering students to neighboring school systems, (rival schools from two different counties mind you…that was a feat in itself). The Lighthouse was built with the help of 2 neighboring county Vocational Schools, the Nicholas County Career & Technical Center and Fayette Institute of Technology. There is an ongoing fundraising drive that was established by selling plaques to put on the actual stair step that the students designed and fabricated that was built into the Lighthouse. It has resulted in us being able to award five scholarships to date, going to the students who have excelled on the project. However we still have stair step plaques available which can be purchased through donation and inscribed with a name, a business name, or even to memorialize a loved one. We like to help out any way we can for a community that stood behind us.
I was there for the Festival & Car Show this year, so how did you think Festival turned out?
This was our 4th Annual Lighthouse Festival & Car Show which was held on the Lighthouse grounds on August 26th and was a very successful day. Selected artisans and food vendors from throughout the state catered to a capacity crowd as Emmalea Deal and Rudy Elvis were our entertainment throughout the afternoon.
The Car Show drew a record number of hot rods, cruisers, and classics from several neighboring states even with show organizers having to turn away some of the late arrivals. Trophies were awarded in ten category's, with the “Best of Show” going to Burl & Gene Simers from Grantsville, WV, with their Original 1967 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible which was presented by myself Julie Titchenell as the Worlds Ms Tourism Earth 2017 Queen. Taylor, you were the presenter for the “Best Original” and the Award went to Kenneth & Sandra Culp with their 1957 Nash and Cabela's Eric Davis presented the trophy for Best Custom to Paul Grey with his 1956 F100 Pickup. The furthest driven distance was 297 miles for Ed & Debbie Nicholas from Akron, Ohio.
Raffles were held throughout the day with Stephanie O'Brien, winner of the Cabela's Kayak Package. The Winner of the Pet Oxygen Mask Raffle Gift Basket filled with over $500 of prizes and gift certificates was Nora Kinnison.
Steve & Donna Keblesh are pleased to announce that the Benefit Raffle that was held was successful enough to allow for the purchase of 6 Pet Oxygen Rescue Mask Kits for each of the Fire Trucks and the recently certified ambulances that were added to the Wilderness Volunteer Fire Departments fleet, along with Kessler’s Cross Lanes VFD and Summersville VFD. They along with the entire staff sincerely thank everyone that was involved with the success of this year’s festival and we are already hard at work planning next year’s 5th Annual event to be bigger than ever.
Tell me about the Lighthouse Gift Shop
We carry a variety of mementos in our gift shop for everybody from young to old. Souvenirs of the Lighthouse along with so many different items, we even carry a line of Swarovski Crystals and Jewelry. Unique items, only found here, that directly relate to the Summersville area can be found. New River, Gauley River, magnets and even stickers, t-shirts, camping supplies, you name it, it can be found here. What I love the most about this gift shop is that there are so many local products to choose from, from Wild Mountain Soap Company to Appalachian Glass, we are truly able to help other business from our beautiful state. November 25th happens to be Small Business Saturday where we will have some special offers going on throughout the day. We will also be having Holiday Specials so you can take some unique gifts home for that special person in your life November through December.
Tell us about your upcoming event, the CarnEvil Haunted Hayrides benefiting the Nicholas County Humane Society and Girl Scouts Troop #1885, can you tell us what to expect?
Starting this Friday, we run for 4 nights ~ October 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th from 6:30PM to 10PM.
Creatures of the Night come come out for the CarnEvil Haunted Hayride. Clowns, Zombies, Pirates, and much more… The Haunted hayride is a tractor pulled, 20 person hayride that allows you to feel “safe” while riding through the woods with all of your closest friends while still bringing out some of your worst nightmares. Not really knowing what you is coming up next as you leave one area filled with some of the most talented actors you will ever meet only to come around the bend and see and hear another living nightmare. You never know whom you will encounter. But this is still safe for all ages, the cost is $14 for anyone over the age of 10 and $8 for under age 10, so you can bring the entire family to support both our local Girl Scout Troop at the Creepy concessions and our local Humane Society. It’s a great cause all the way around.