1329 LAKESIDE DRIVE
THE BEACH IS OPEN BRING THE KIDS AND ENJOY SWIMMING IN THIS BIG, GORGEOUS LAKE !
THE LAKE HOUSE IS OPEN FRIDAY EVENINGS 5-9 PM—SATURDAYS, THE BEACH AND LAKE HOUSE ARE OPEN NOON-8 PM—SUNDAYS, BOTH ARE OPEN NOON-6 PM.
MLC'S BEACH AND LAKE HOUSE ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FOR SUNBATHING AND EATING. NOT ONLY ARE THEY OPEN DURING THE ABOVE TIMES, BUT YOU CAN RELAX WITH A BEER OR GLASS OF WINE (OR SOFT DRINK) ON THE LAKE HOUSE BALCONY (PICTURED AT TOP).
CALL 240.731.1349 TO SCHEDULE BOAT RENTALS. TO USE YOUR OWN BOAT ON THE LAKE, YOU NEED TO JOIN THE CLUB.
DON'T FORGET THAT CLUB MEMBERS CAN ALWAYS BOAT & FISH MLC'S WELL-STOCKED LAKE AND ENJOY THE BEST SPORT FISHING IN THE REGION.
Depending on the light and the color of the sky, Mountain Lake Club's deep lake can turn blue as sapphires in surroundings best described as spectacular creations of man and nature ~ the embodiment of West Virginia's slogan, "Wild and Wonderful." A unique combination of topography and geography make this beautiful lake and its environs the unabashed "Jewel of the Eastern Panhandle."
MLC's 55-acre lake and 14-acres of land are cradled in the foothills of the original mountain in the prehistoric Blue Ridge chain. This is "The Blue Ridge Mountain" itself, the first and only to bear that iconic name and the northern peak of the majestic range rising above WV's Eastern Panhandle, separating it from Virginia. In 1736, Thomas, 6th Lord of Fairfax, had the 47,000 acres south of the Potomac River surveyed (likely by none other than George Washington himself) and divided into two estates for his family. He called the acreage that would eventually belong in West Virginia "Shannondale," the historic name of this mountain.
Along the top of the The Blue Ridge Mountain runs the world-famous Appalachian Trail, a short drive or fairly long hike up the mountain from our own Lake Shannondale.
At the base of the mountain is the storied Shenandoah River, that wide brown body of treacherous waters. Blue Ridge Mountain's streams tumble into Lake Shannondale, and the overflow drains into the Shenandoah.
Down by the river sprawls the state-owned 1,361-acre Shannondale Springs Wildlife Management Area, where hunting and trapping are allowed. An entrance is barely a mile west of Mountain Lake Club's gorgeous lake.
Inside the Wildlife Area but in a rugged spot are the ruins of Shannondale Springs, a historic spa consisting of three "curative" springs discovered by George Washington, a surveyor in his youth. It's said thirteen U.S. Presidents visited the spa. One Founding Father, James Monroe, even called it his Summer White House.
Indeed, the Jewel of the Panhandle is only 60 miles, more or less, from the nation's capital.
Even the earthen dam that holds this big lake and the outfall pipe are considered superior to most privately owned man-made lakes across the nation.
Above ~ MLC's big dam spillway under the Lakeside Drive Bridge. Lake overflow spills into a famous stream called Furnace Run … then into the Shenandoah River.
Mountain Lake Club offers annual family memberships at $399 for 24/7/365 fresh-water sport fishing. All fishing is catch and release.
On land, MLC's 14 acres boast the newly renovated Lake House, the historic Ruins of the original Adirondack-style log Lodge, the only sand beach in the region, children's playground, tiny Pool House for small weddings & parties, private boat launch, a pontoon boat, several canoes and paddle boats for rent ~ and stunning sites for weddings and other private events.
All this is barely 15 minutes from Charles Town Races and its stunning Hollywood Casino, described by The Washington Post as "worthy of the Las Vegas Strip."