Guyandotte River float, regatta scheduled for June 24

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Guyandotte River float, regatta scheduled for June 24
The Guyandotte River Regatta and Float will be held at four locations along the Guyandotte River on June 24, 2023.

GILBERT, W.Va. — Officials with the are inviting paddlers and residents of the Guyandotte Valley in West Virginia to float the scenic river during the third annual .

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Being celebrated June 24 at four river-access points in southern and southwestern West Virginia, the event will begin at 8 a.m., and participants may launch at 10 a.m. Each float will last approximately two hours.

The Guyandotte Water Trail leads through the mountains of southern West Virginia. (Map courtesy West Virginia University)

According to Christy Bailey, executive director of the , organizations at some river-access sites will provide additional activities.

The event is being held to encourage the use of the Guyandotte for recreation and to promote the Guyandotte Water Trail, a 166-mile recreational trail for anglers and operators of non-motorized watercraft.

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This float is sponsored at each location by a community organization supported by the coal heritage authority, Bailey said.


Guyandotte River in Wyoming County

Hosted by the and the , the put-in is at Wyoming East Park.


Guyandotte River in Mingo County

Hosted by the , the put-in is on WV-52 at Justice.


Guyandotte River in Lincoln County

At Branchland, the put-in is at Branchland Park on WV-10.

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Guyandotte River in Cabell County

Hosted by the and , the put-in is at Barboursville Park.


Participants are required to register and sign a liability waiver. The recommended age for participation is eight years old and older. Participants are required to wear an approved personal floatation while on the river. T-shirts will be given to each participant.

There is no fee to join in the event. T-shirts will be given to each participant.  Participants are encouraged to register before the event on . Registration forms, waivers, and other information are available there.

For more information, visit , contact the National Coal Heritage Authority at 304-465-3720, or email Linda Hawkins at lhawkins@coalheritage.org.

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