Boat Launch Opening at Jennings Randolph Lake

Published March 25, 2013

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announces the kick off of the 2013 recreation season at Jennings Randolph Lake on Saturday, March 30 at 8 a.m., when they open the Corps’ boat launch on the West Virginia shore. The launch is located alongside Howell Run, just off West Virginia State Route 46, three miles north of Elk Garden, W.Va.

The Corps charges visitors a $3 fee for launching a boat from its boat launch. An annual pass that will allow an unlimited number of launches at all Corps parks is on sale for $30 at the Corps park office. The park office is located on the West Virginia side of the lake; follow the signs from WV Route 46E. Holders of the Golden Age Passports (for senior citizens 62 and over), America the Beautiful Senior Passes, America the Beautiful Access Passes and Golden Access Passports (for the physically challenged) are allowed to purchase a Corps annual boat launch pass for half price or to pay $1.50 per launch at the Corps’ boat launch only.

The boat launch on the Maryland shore of Jennings Randolph Lake, managed by the Maryland Park Service, will also open March 30, 2013. The launch is on Mt. Zion Road off Maryland State Route 135 near the salt shed on Backbone Mountain.

The 2013 Maryland Park Service Passport can be purchased for $75 for Maryland residents or $100 for out-of-state residents. The pass can be purchased at all Maryland State Parks. The pass offers free day-use entry for everyone in a vehicle (up to ten people) to Maryland’s state parks and Cedarville State Forest; unlimited boat launching at ALL State Park facilities by displaying this pass on your dashboard; and a 10 percent discount on state-operated concession items and boat rentals. For parks with honor box systems, the pass covers entry service charges.

Both the Corps annual pass and the Maryland Park Service Passport are valid at either boat launch on Jennings Randolph Lake.

For more information, call the Corps park office at (304) 355-2346 , Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.  For information on the Maryland Park Service boat launch, call the Herrington Manor & Swallow Falls State Park at (301) 334-9180, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Opening of both ramps is weather dependant.

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Bill Donnellan

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