North Bend Lake is one of the main attractions of North Bend State Park. The lake is 305 acres and is just over eight miles long. It is narrow and has the feel of a large river rather than an expansive lake. It is good for canoeing and fishing because boats are limited to small motors and there are many shallow areas with tree stumps remaining that provide cover for both fish and canoes. Park Map
Directions:North Bend Lake is located in Ritchie County, WV east of Parkersburg. Google Map directions below are to the state park access point. There is also a put-in at Eldon J. Haught Recreation Park just outside of Harrisville 39.223115, -81.058738.
North Bend State Park, Rt. 1 Box 221, Cairo, WV 26337
Book: "Paddling Virginia and West Virginia: A Guide to the Area's Greatest Paddling Adventures"