Canoeing, kayaking or Stand Up Paddleboarding on flat or slightly moving water (up to class I) is a great way to get exercise, see the beauty of the mountains and relax.

Opportunities exist for paddling and fishing, paddling to spots where you can rock climb right out of the water or go on multi-day river/lake trips.

Some large rivers like the Potomac, Tygart and Elk, are canoeable all year, while smaller waterways or ones that have pools and shoals are only canoeable during higher water (spring and after rain events). Lakes like Tygart Lake, Summersville Lake, Bluestone Lake and Cheat Lake are available during the dry periods, so are the most popular destinations during the summer.  West Virginia also has many small lakes like Stonecoal Lake, Lake Stephens and Sleepy Creek Lake, that are great for intimate paddles or fishing experiences.

Best times to go:

Although most people want to be on the water while it is hot, the spring and fall make for great boating due to the variety of water levels and the change of seasons.

Other Resources:

Morgantown Area Paddlers Story Map  (Map, pictures and description of paddling access points)

Canoeing Education & Safety Resources:

American Canoe Association (ACA)-  InstructionEducational Resources

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