Summersville Lake filled with people for Memorial Day weekend

SUMMERSVILLE, WV (WOAY) – Summersville Lake was packed with people for Memorial Day weekend. Despite health experts still encouraging everyone to practice social distancing, many of them say they are not concerned with catching the virus.

Crowds flocked to Summersville Lake this afternoon. Down by the water, everything appeared to be back to normal. College students Marissa McDonald and Brandon Willman say them along with 11 other friends drove from Cleveland to make this trip happen.

“We were kind of concerned, but we wouldn’t let it stop us from having a great weekend,” said college student McDonald.

“It was pretty important like it took us five hours to get here,” said college student Willman.

Summersville Lake Marina Inc owner Mark Allen says, regardless of a pandemic, he didn’t expect the lake to be any less busy this Memorial Day Weekend.

“Memorial weekend, July fourth weekend and Labor Day weekend we’re covered up. People are tired of being cooped up, so I know this year we’re probably would be undated which we had been. We’re are always busy throughout the entire summer,” said Allen.

Allen believes the coronavirus is the least of everyone’s worries and wants to encourage everyone to be safe on the water.

“Wear a life jacket while you’re out there. Please don’t drink when you’re operating a boat and use some common sense,” said Allen.

Allen says he expects the lake to be busy for the entire Memorial Day weekend.