Deckers Creek Gorge

Masontown, West Virginia

Popularly referred to as the Deckers Creek Gorge, this section of Deckers provides access to three different waterfalls within about a quarter-mile. The area boasts several great vistas for photography, swimming in natural holes, and excellent fishing. This site has parking and picnic shelters generously provided by the Valley District Lions Club.

Important Notes: This is not a designated swimming area; swim at your own risk. Please pack up your trash and take it with you!

Directions: The Lions Club pavilion is located along Veterans Memorial Highway (Rt 7) in Masontown, West Virginia. Traveling east from Morgantown, it is located on the right side of Rt 7. There is a free gravel parking lot directly in front of the pavilions. To access Deckers Creek, you must walk down the steep and rocky hill.

Friends of Deckers Creek is a nonprofit watershed group that serves to monitor and protect Deckers Creek and its tributaries. To learn more, visit deckerscreek.org.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 21st, 2020. Friends of Deckers Creek updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on October 16th, 2020 at 5:55 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Deckers Creek Gorge is sampled monthly from January 1st to December 31st.

Source Information

Friends of Deckers Creek (FODC) staff, interns, and volunteers monitor water quality throughout the Deckers Creek Watershed. Popular recreation sites are tested for total coliform and E coli as part of FODC’s bacteriological monitoring program. Samples are analyzed using the IDEXX Quanti-Tray/2000 method.

Sites are tested twice a month during peak recreation season (May - September) and once a month during the rest of the year (October - April). Samples are generally collected on Tuesdays and results are posted on Swim Guide within 48 hours. Advisories are posted when E coli concentrations exceed 410 cfu/100mL, following the EPA’s recommended criteria. A beach is marked green when results show that E coli is less than 410 cfu/100mL. A beach will be marked red when results show that E coli is greater or equal to 410 cfu/100mL.


Please contact FODC at (304) 292-3970 or info@deckerscreek.org if you have any questions or would like to volunteer to collect water samples. You may report pollution anonymously online via https://www.creekdog.org/.

Water Quality Graph

Deckers Creek Gorge

Masontown, West Virginia

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 21st, 2020. Friends of Deckers Creek updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on October 16th, 2020 at 5:55 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

Popularly referred to as the Deckers Creek Gorge, this section of Deckers provides access to three different waterfalls within about a quarter-mile. The area boasts several great vistas for photography, swimming in natural holes, and excellent fishing. This site has parking and picnic shelters generously provided by the Valley District Lions Club.

Important Notes: This is not a designated swimming area; swim at your own risk. Please pack up your trash and take it with you!

Directions: The Lions Club pavilion is located along Veterans Memorial Highway (Rt 7) in Masontown, West Virginia. Traveling east from Morgantown, it is located on the right side of Rt 7. There is a free gravel parking lot directly in front of the pavilions. To access Deckers Creek, you must walk down the steep and rocky hill.

Friends of Deckers Creek is a nonprofit watershed group that serves to monitor and protect Deckers Creek and its tributaries. To learn more, visit deckerscreek.org.

Monitoring Frequency

Deckers Creek Gorge is sampled monthly from January 1st to December 31st.

Source Information

Friends of Deckers Creek (FODC) staff, interns, and volunteers monitor water quality throughout the Deckers Creek Watershed. Popular recreation sites are tested for total coliform and E coli as part of FODC’s bacteriological monitoring program. Samples are analyzed using the IDEXX Quanti-Tray/2000 method.

Sites are tested twice a month during peak recreation season (May - September) and once a month during the rest of the year (October - April). Samples are generally collected on Tuesdays and results are posted on Swim Guide within 48 hours. Advisories are posted when E coli concentrations exceed 410 cfu/100mL, following the EPA’s recommended criteria. A beach is marked green when results show that E coli is less than 410 cfu/100mL. A beach will be marked red when results show that E coli is greater or equal to 410 cfu/100mL.


Please contact FODC at (304) 292-3970 or info@deckerscreek.org if you have any questions or would like to volunteer to collect water samples. You may report pollution anonymously online via https://www.creekdog.org/.

Water Quality Graph

  Beach Location Water Quality
Masontown, West Virginia
Morgantown, West Virginia
Morgantown, West Virginia
Morgantown, West Virginia
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