Local parks ready for summer fun

RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – While the rest of us have been staying at home to flatten the curve, Raleigh County officials make sure residents have something to look forward to.

“We have Beach Blast in August,” said Parks and Recreation executive director Molly Williams. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to have West Virginia day in June as well as the Fourth of July celebration. We’ll have fireworks on July 5 and, new this year, we’ll have a boat parade.”


June 20 – WV Day at Lake Stephens

July 5 – Boat Parade and Fireworks

Aug. 28-29 – Beach Blast

Sept. 12 – Pet Day at the Park

Sept. 18-20 – Horse Weekend

Oct. – Costume Vault Opens

Oct. 24 – Camp or Treat

Oct. 25 – 4H Pumpkin Fest

Events aren’t all guests have to look forward to. The Lake Stephens campground has several upgrades, including water and electric updates and newly added WiFi access.

“The commission is dedicated to making sure we improve and update and add as many things in recreational-type parks for the citizens to make it more fun to live in Raleigh County,” said County Commissioner Ron Hedrick.

Officials now get ready to make reservations, but due to COVID-19, the earliest you can make a reservation isn’t until April 29.

“We don’t know when we will be allowed to open our campground and our marina,” said Williams. “We don’t have a start day of when people can start camping and start putting their boats in our boat slips, so everything is just kind of tentative at this point.”


April 29 is the first day reservations can be made for Lake Stephens Campground and Marina.

April 30 is the first day reservations can be made the parks and areas below.

– Lake Stephens: Picnic Shelters 1-6, Splash Pad, Aqua Park ,Beach, Pavilion, Cabins 1-7
– Dry Hill Prosperity: Picnic Shelter, Community Center, Field
– Marsh Fork: Picnic Shelter 1-3
– Fitzpatrick Park: Field(s) 1-4

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