The Robert C. Byrd Locks & Dam was dedicated in 1993 and is one of the largest in the Ohio River navigation and flood control system. A public recreation area is located on the West Virginia side of the river. It includes a park with a picnic area, playground and parking. The park is open year-round. Each year, the fishing recreation area opens, depending on weather conditions or on Memorial Day (whichever comes first). The closing time at end of the year is dictated by the weather. The park is closed at dusk and opens at 6:00 a.m. each day.