long been one of the Roanoke Valley's hidden gems. It's a primary source of drinking water, and a popular destination for outdoor recreation. This summer, more people are taking advantage of the opportunity. wdbj7's Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom tonight to tell us more about it. Jean, this is a reservoir first. No swimming allowed. But the Western Virginia Water Authority wants people to appreciate the natural resource, and use it. And this summer they are. With postcard perfect mountains in the distance, and wildlife up close, Carvins Cove represents a stunning escape, just minutes from busy city streets. And even on a Monday morning, people are taking it all in. Sarah Baumgardner/ Western Virginia Water Authority Spokesperson: we're two and a half miles from the hustle and bustle of Williamson Road and the Roanoke area, but once you get out here its peaceful and relaxing and that's one of the benefits of it. This summer, the Western Virginia Water Authority has doubled the number of kayaks available for rent. Last year, Carvins Cove saw just over 400 rentals all season long. This year, close to that number in one month alone. and the water authority hopes that people who appreciate the natural resource at Carvins Cove won't take their supply of drinking water for granted. Sarah Baumgardner/ Western Virginia Water Authority Spokesperson: Most people have no idea where their drinking water comes from. It just magically appears at the faucet. And we really do enjoy the opportunity to educate people that it starts in this beautiful watershed that we all play a role in protecting. And there are other recreational opportunities out here, including hiking the trails around the reservoir. And among the improvements since last season, is more parking for horse trailers. Live At Carvins Cove, Joe Dashiell wdbj7.