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Pike Drive Pond Decommissioning and Reclamation

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The NPS is considering decommissioning an earthen dam and reclaiming the 1.25-acre impounded area as a wetland. The dam and pond, located in New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, are failing and hazardous to human safety, natural resources, and infrastructure below the dam. Action is needed to remove these hazards and protect human safety and resources.

Pike Drive Pond is located at latitude 37.771, longitude -81.048, perched on a large, excavated bench adjacent to Interstate 64 in Raleigh County, West Virginia. The pond is accessed by driving south on Grandview Road (toward Shady Spring) from I-64 Exit 129A, turning left onto Pike Drive and driving for approximately 1.1 miles to the NPS gate on the left.

Contact Information

Bryan Wender
Chief of Natural Resources
304-465-6542