Lake holiday, virginia


Lake Holiday is a man-made lake, of 249 acres. It is located north of Winchester in Frederick County, Virginia, United States. The lake flows into Isaac's Creek. The main creeks feeding the lake are Isaac's Creek and Miller's Run along with many small unnamed creeks that flow into the lake.

Lake Holiday is approximately one mile southwest of the boundary with the western border of Hampshire County, West Virginia. The postal address is Cross Junction but Lake Holiday and the surrounding community lies within unincorporated land in Frederick County. Construction on the dam began in the late 1960s and the dam was finished early in 1972. According to history from the original builders of Lake Holiday it took nearly 12 years for the lake to fill to capacity, E E BAYLISS, ER NEFF and company, founder and general manager Carl Simms Sr.. Reportedly there is a cave at the deep end of lake nearly 200 feet in depth and A few pieces of heavy equipment remain at the bottom of the lake and remain there today. SCUBA diving is deemd unsafe and not allowed. There appears to be additional information from a second source that state the lake filled to capacity when in 1972 between June 16 and 23rd, Hurricane Agnes hit the Mid- Alantic states, dumping approximately 19 inchs of rain per hour, which caused the lake to fill in a matter of days.

A new spillway has been installed on the existing dam. The new spillway was required by the US Army Corps of Engineers due to changing standards, post 9/11/01 incidents. The construnction consisted of the building of a new bridge and redesign of the lower down stream creekbed. The only other option was to reduce the level by approximately 8–10 feet. The Spill way project is complete as of June 2013 with a grand reopening of South Lakeview Drive (spillway road)on Memorial Day, this improvement cost the residents of the lake community over $10.5 million.

Private armed security patrols community formally called "The Summit at Lalke Holiday" now just using the name "Lake Holiday", there are also no fire, EMS or law enforcement facilities in the community. Lake Holiday has a private marina available for use by members (no fuel pump), Slots run about $500.00 for the season. There is also tennis and basketball courts which are located near the club house.

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