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Welcome to the Recreation news category at West Virginia Explorer. Be sure to visit our Recreation guide for information about indoor and outdoor recreation in West Virginia.

Statewide Free Fishing Weekend being celebrated June 12-13

The state's annual youth fishing derby is set for June 12 at Little Beaver State Park near Beckley.
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is calling on state residents and guests to grab a fishing pole this Saturday, June 12, and Sunday, June...

W.Va. record muskellunge caught at Burnsville Lake

Chase Gibson, of Mount Clare, caught a 54.0625-inch, 39.64-pound musky at Burnsville Lake, breaking the previous record for length.
A West Virginia angler caught a state record muskellunge on April 30 in Braxton County, according to officials at the W.Va. Division of Natural...

Pipestem Resort State Park welcomes new adventure zone

The whole family is welcome to pursue at whole host of outdoor adventures at the Pipestem Adventure Zone at Pipestem Resort State Park.
Adventure enthusiasts are invited to the mountains of southern West Virginia May 26 for the grand opening of the Pipestem Adventure Zone at Pipestem Resort...

New national park boosts popularity of motorsports route

A popular section of The Talon winds along flanks of the New River Gorge near Hawks Nest.
Global attention that America's newest national park has garnered is boosting interest in The Talon, an exceptional new motorsports route in southern West Virginia. The...

Putnam County angler catches W.Va. record freshwater drum

John Gibson displays the new West Virginia record freshwater drum, taken in the Kanawha River.
A Putnam County angler caught a state record freshwater drum on April 24 in Mason County, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has...

Extended W.Va. spring gobbler season open until May 23

A hunter in West Virginia uses a turkey call to attract a spring gobbler.
West Virginia's spring gobbler season is underway, and turkey hunters have even more opportunities to bag a bird this year. Mike Peters, wild turkey and...

New River Gorge resort hiring; job fair scheduled May 1

The Adventures on the Gorge Resort overlooks the New River Gorge National Park near Fayetteville, W.Va.
At the rim of the New River Gorge, the Adventures on the Gorge resort is staging a job fair on Saturday, May 1, to...

New River Gorge National Park increasing access to campgrounds

Campers gather in a campground in the New River Gorge National Park.
The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve will increase access to campgrounds this weekend with the reopening of six additional campground areas, including...

W.Va. DNR announces winners of the 2021 Gold Rush Giveaway

The star of the Gold Rush, a golden trout darts through a West Virginia stream.
Officials at the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources today announced the winners of the state's 2021 Gold Rush Giveaway, the annual statewide promotion of...

Survival and bushcraft school opens in New River Gorge region

Instructor Josh Sapio tends a fire lighted from flint.
Much of America's newest national park may be teeming with visitors this summer, but the vast areas of woodland beyond are likely to remain...

Proceeds of wild boar hunt support elk restoration project

Wild boar still range across isolated mountain hollows in Logan County.
The W.Va. Division of Natural Resources has utilized proceeds from a February lottery wild boar hunt to purchase a UTV in support of the...

National Park hosts fishing events for grandparents, children

The National Park Service is hosting a fishing day for grandparents and grandchildren at its Camp Brookside Environmental Education Center.
New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is hosting a series of Grandfamilies Fishing Days in May and June designed for grandparents who are...

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