Welcome to the Elk River Water Trail

From a tiny trickle of its headwaters in the heart of West Virginia to its confluence with the Kanawha River at Charleston, the Elk River meanders 180 miles through forests, farmland and small towns. It is the longest river located entirely within the borders of West Virginia. With many access pint to choose from, the Elk River offers floats trips from as short as a half hour to multiple days and everything in between.

Want to plan a public group float? Click HERE for tips!

CLICK HERE for details on the 2021 Elk River Float!

The Elk River Water Trail is sponsorship by First Energy/MonPowerTrans Canada Pipeline, and WV American Water


The Elk, because of its geographical location,
is the centerpiece of fishing in the state.

Skip Johnson
WV Outdoor Writer & Author