Sleepy Hollow Lake, West Virginia, USA

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Sleepy Hollow Lake is a sparkling, seven-acre private lake located near the town of Hedgesville in Berkeley County, West Virginia. The lake is an impoundment on the Cherry Run stream which forms the northern section of the boundary between Berkeley and Morgan Counties in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle. Access to the lake is limited to property owners and renters who can take full advantage of the peace and solitude offered by the quiet water and beautiful surroundings.

Sleepy Hollow Lake sits in what is called Skinners Gap, an area of lower elevation between two mountains in the North Mountain range. Part of the Appalachians, North Mountain spans 23.5 miles from the Potomac River in the north to the community of Green Spring in Frederick County, Virginia in the south. The area is characterized by beautiful deciduous forests and rugged rockiness. For hikers and wildlife enthusiast visiting or living on the lake, a series of trails run the length of the North Mountain range and provide excellent opportunities for day or weekend hikes.

Vacation rentals on Sleepy Hollow Lake exist in the form of private homes for rent. Real estate for purchase can also be found on and near the lake. Motorboats are not allowed, but swimming, canoeing and kayaking are a great way to enjoy the crystal clear water. Anglers will find healthy populations of largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, and channel catfish. Although too shallow for boating, Cherry Run stream provides many pools of varying depths for fishing and swimming. As a tributary of the Potomac River, Cherry Run is part of the Potomac and Chesapeake Bay watersheds.

Sleepy Hollow Lake is centrally located to many of the premiere attractions in the panhandle of West Virginia and the Washington, DC area. Ski resorts, spas, golf courses, the C & O Canal, the Potomac River, Sleepy Creek Forest Reserve and hunting grounds, the town of Berkeley Springs, the Civil War battlefield in Antietam, MD and shopping at prime outlets in Hagerstown, MD, are all within an easy drive of the lake.

For wildlife enthusiasts, Cacapon State Park is just west of Sleepy Hollow Lake and offers 6,000 acres for golfing, lake activities, horseback riding, and hiking along with a first-class lodge. The Park is named for Cacapon Mountain, the highest peak in the eastern portion of the state at 2,300 feet. The mountain divides the landscape, with the park on the eastern slope and the Cacapon River at the base of the western slope. Cacapon comes from a Shawnee Indian word meaning “medicine waters,” a reference to the area’s mineral waters that have been renowned for their healing powers. These waters come to the surface about 10 miles from Cacapon at nearby Berkeley Springs State Park. The highlight of the park is The Bathhouse which first opened in 1930. Since then, thousands of people have enjoyed the warm mineral waters that flow from the springs at a constant temperature of 74.3 degrees. Be sure to visit the town of Berkeley Springs, a beautiful little community that features a number of antique malls and several specialty shops.

The ridges and valleys surrounding Sleepy Hollow Lake are ideal terrain for both scenic road biking and mountain biking. Easy riding is best enjoyed on the C&O Canal towpath just six miles north of Berkeley Springs along the Potomac River. The towpath ride also takes bikers through the nearly mile-long Paw Paw Tunnel, the largest man-made structure on the canal. Bike rentals are available.

For a peaceful lakefront vacation or summer home, pay a visit to Berkeley County’s Sleepy Hollow Lake. The area is blessed with beautiful wooded mountains and ridges, two scenic rivers, several lakes and a wide selection of contemporary recreation activities for individuals and families alike.

Things to do at Sleepy Hollow Lake WV

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • State Park
  • Antiquing
  • Shopping

Fish species found at Sleepy Hollow Lake WV

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Catfish
  • Channel Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Sunfish

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Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

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This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

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This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

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Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

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Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

Example: 1,000,000 acre-feet ÷ 20,000 acres = 50 feet average depth


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This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

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This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

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- A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

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- A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

"Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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