The world's most powerful pumped storage generating station provides the electricity needs for millions of homes across six states. In 1985, the year it went into operation, it was cited as one of the nation's most outstanding engineering achievements.
Because the extreme fluctuations of the water levels at the Bath County Pumped Storage area make them unsuitable for recreation, Dominion Power created a separate 325 acre public recreation spot. The area contains two lakes open on a seasonal basis just downstream from the lower dam. Fishing, non-power boating, picnicking, swimming, hiking and camping are available at this location.