GRAFTON, W.Va. -- State authorities are cracking down on illegal swimming at Tygart Lake.
Swimming from the lake's shoreline at the Pleasant Creek Wildlife Management Area is prohibited. Swimming from watercraft is allowed.
Division of Natural Resources wildlife chief Curtis Taylor says in a news release that illegal swimming from the shoreline has created public safety concerns. Taylor says the swimming also is affecting boat launching at Pleasant Creek's boat ramp.
The lake's public shoreline swimming area at Tygart Lake State Park's beach area has been closed for several years. It's scheduled to reopen in 2014.
Lodge and cottage guests at the park can swim without charge at Grafton's city swimming pool.