Before the Great War, Summersville Lake was a reservoir created by the Summersville Dam on the Kanawha River. In 2082, raider David Thorpe destroyed the dam, letting the reservoir flood through the nearby city of Charleston in what would be called the Christmas Flood. Summersville Lake subsequently became a dry lake bed.
Near the center of the former lake is New Gad, a post-War settlement constructed on the ruins of the town of Gad, which had been submerged by the reservoir. The Lakeside Cabins sit on the north shore, overlook cabin on the east shore, the Summersville Docks on the west shore, and the destroyed Summersville Dam is to the south.
Beside the wreckage of a sailed ship, a skeleton with a pistol has its feet encased in concrete, alluding to a mob-style murder that took place before the war. Another skeleton with hands and feet bound, tied to cinder blocks is found to the west.
The Summersville Lake appears only in Fallout 76.
Behind the scenes
- The Summersville Lake is an actual reservoir in West Virginia created in 1960 with the construction of the real-world Summersville Dam.
- Within the dry lake and east of the Lakeside Cabins, near a red boat, is a female skeleton lying on a door, reaching out to a partially-sunken arm from another skeleton. The scene is a reference to the characters Rose and Jack from the 1997 film Titanic.
- Fallout 76 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide Atlas of Appalachia p. 335, Charleston: "Though you should make time to explore the north lakeside community of Summersville, and the shanty dwellings scattered across the deceptively dry Summersville Lake, you'll probably spend most of your time surveying the damage the city of Charleston suffered after the dam broke, sending the contents of the Kanawha River rushing through town (and that’s not counting the bomb damage)."
- The Christmas Flood
- Fallout 76 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide Atlas of Appalachia p. 348, New Gad: "Before Summersville Lake was created, an old farming community set up a village named Gad. With the lake now "drained," a shanty town has appeared over the original town's foundations. It is a maze of tiny, interconnecting shacks. Learn to situate yourself by remembering the central "Big Shack" has four levels and is in the center of town, with rickety planks out to other sections."