This is a great canoe fishing river with trophy Walleye being the prize catches. There are 97 miles of A-I water with only rare ripples on the Elk River. A new water trail has been established here that includes 12 current access points and a few more planned for the future (see the map/pdf for details). This section runs in all but the most severe droughts. WV 4/ US 119 parallels the river for most of the water trail.
The northernmost most put-in is in Sutton, WV at the base of the dam (Google directions below). For other put-in and take-out spots, travel on SR 4 and US 119. The take-out location closest to Charleston is at Coonskin Park.
Book- A Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to West Virginia