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Fayette County
Hawks Nest Lake

 
  Lake  Hawks Nest Lake 

  Acres  250 

  Directions  Hawks Nest Lake is a 250-acre impoundment on New River in Fayette County, managed as a part of Hawks Nest State Park. It is accessible from U. S. Route 60 and County Route 60/2 near Ansted. The lake can be reached by aerial tramway from Hawks Nest Lodge to the marina at the bottom of the New River Gorge. 

  Description  The lake was built in 1936 with a maximum depth of 60 feet and an average depth of 25 feet. A gravel road provides access to the lake. Bank fishing access is limited because the right-of-way for the railroad tracks parallels a major portion of the lake and access is prohibited. A concrete boat ramp is available in addition to boat rental. Special boating regulations are posted on the area. Camping is not allowed. 

  Fishery  Hawks Nest Lake provides a warmwater fishery for smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, spotted bass, rock bass, sunfish, crappie, channel catfish, flathead catfish, carp, hybrid striped bass and white bass. Channel catfish and flathead catfish are taken on minnows, night crawlers, worms, and natural baits. Deep-running lures, crayfish, worms, and hellgrammites are popular baits for black bass. Spring fishing for crappie with jigs and minnows is excellent. Hybrid stripers can often be seen chasing schools of shad on the surface during warm weather. 

  National Forest  National Forest Stamp is not required 

  Boating  Unlimited horse power 

  Camping  No camping allowed 

  Spring Trout  Not stocked with trout 

  Fall Trout  Does not receive Fall trout stocking 

  Live Minnows  Live minnows may be used as bait 

  Night Fishing  Night fishing is allowed 

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