1329 Lakeside Drive, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia ... 240.731.1349
In the distance, past the blue bridgeworks, you can see water rushing over the all-important dam spillway. Not only the spillway, but also the earthen dam itself is owned by MLC. Lakeside Drive, a state-maintained causeway, tops the dam. A fine example of engineering and construction, the spillway is 86 feet high with an outfall pipe 16 inches thick, 42 inches in diameter and 300 feet long. In 2011, the pipe was declared "in remarkably good condition, requiring only minor repairs that should last indefinitely," according to Randall Brooks of T. Luckey Sons Inc., a prominent Ohio support restoration company that plugged major leaks ruining the White House where FDR had his swimming pool and Thomas Jefferson kept his wine cellar. The spillway carries the lake's overflow down to a waterfall into a small holding pond. From there, the water collects in Furnace Run stream and out to the Shenandoah River. Furnace Run is famous among fly fishermen for drum and smallmouth bass (use minnows) and the black bullhead (catch with crayfish).