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Lake Holiday
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Lake Holiday is located in Virginia
Lake Holiday
Lake Holiday
Location in Virginia
Lake Holiday is located in the United States
Lake Holiday
Lake Holiday
Location in the United States
Location Frederick County, Virginia
Coordinates 39°19′N 78°19′W / 39.31°N 78.32°W / 39.31; -78.32
Type Reservoir
Primary inflows Isaacs Creek, Yeiders Run/Miller Run
Primary outflows Isaacs Creek
Basin countries United States
Settlements Cross Junction

Lake Holiday is a 249-acre (101 ha) artificial lake located northwest of Winchester in Frederick County, Virginia, United States. The lake flows into Isaacs Creek, an east-flowing tributary of Back Creek, which flows north through West Virginia to the Potomac River. The main creeks feeding the lake are Isaacs Creek and Yeiders Run/Miller Run.

Residential development surrounds the lake and forms the Lake Holiday census-designated place (CDP), with a population at the 2010 census of 1,905. It is an unincorporated community subject to a property owners association. The postal address is Cross Junction, which lies 1 mile (1.6 km) to the northeast along U.S. Route 522, and has a ZIP Code of 22625.

Lake Holiday is approximately one mile southeast of the boundary with the western border of Hampshire County, West Virginia. Winchester is 14 miles (23 km) to the southeast via US 522, and Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, is 23 miles (37 km) to the north.

Description

Construction on the dam began in the late 1960s and 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. There appears to be additional information from a second source that states the lake filled to capacity when in 1972 between June 16 and 23rd, Hurricane Agnes hit the Mid- Atlantic states, dumping approximately 19 inches of rain per hour, which caused the lake to fill in a matter of days. Reportedly, there is a cave at the deep end of lake nearly 200 feet in depth. Also, few pieces of heavy equipment supposedly remain at the bottom of the lake. SCUBA diving is deemed unsafe and not allowed.

A new spillway has been installed on the existing dam. The spillway was required by the US Army Corps of Engineers due to changing standards and post 11 September 2001 incidents. The construction consisted of the building of a new bridge and a redesign of the down stream creek bed. The only other option was to reduce the level of the lake by 8–10 feet. The spillway project was completed in 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.

Lake Holiday has a private marina available for use by members. Slots can be rented for approximately $500.00 for the season. There are also tennis and basketball courts which are located near the club house.

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