Do you know? About, “The Elk River Water Trail!”


• The Elk River is a 177-mile river that cuts through the heart of West Virginia.

• Every year in June, the Elk River Hosts the “Elk River Summer Float,” starting at the head of the Trail, at the South Abutment of Sutton Dam, where you can float and enjoy the first 6 miles of this beautiful river with 100s of people.

• The Elk River Water Trail Starts at Sutton Dam and Ends in Charleston WV, 106 miles away, where it joins at the confluence of the Kanawha River.

• The trail travels through 3 counties: Braxton, Clay, and Kanawha.

• There are 12 primary access locations to the trail with informational Kiosks available.

• The average elevation drop of the Trail is 19 feet per mile, making it a relaxing and enjoyable trip with only a few gentle rapids.

• The river is home to native Brook Trout, West Virginia’s state fish, and trophy winning Smallmouth, Muskie, and Walleye.

• Miles of beautiful untouched wilderness mixed with small towns along the way makes for a perfect day on the river and the ability to enjoy local eateries and easy access to restock supplies.

• In some locations, flat areas have been cleared off for overnight fishing and camping along the trail. *Camp at your own risk. Campsites are not part of the Trail System. Obey posted signage.

• Grab your poles, kayaks, and canoes and get out and enjoy this remarkable trail today.

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