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Recreation

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.

W.Va. records largest spring turkey harvest in five years

FARMINGTON, W.VA. — According to preliminary data released by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources on Wednesday, hunters in the Mountain State harvested...

West Virginia stocks catfish in Mountain State lakes, ponds

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has stocked 28 waters around the Mountain State with catfish, the agency announced on Wednesday. Between May...

Resort re-introduces sunset rafting trips in the New River Gorge

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. — Old-time river rafters know that nothing compares to a sunset whitewater journey through the New River Gorge in West Virginia. The...

West Virginia Free Fishing Weekend to take place June 10–11

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice announced today that Free Fishing Weekend in West Virginia will return June 10-11, 2023, and encouraged anglers and...

Section of Greenbrier River Trail reopens near Lewisburg

LEWISBURG, W.Va. — A two-mile section of the Greenbrier River Trail near Lewisburg, West Virginia, is scheduled to reopen nine months ahead of schedule,...

Mourning dove hunt applications available for South Branch

OLD FIELDS, W.Va. — Applications for a controlled mourning dove hunt at the South Branch Wildlife Management Area in Hardy County in the eastern...

Ghost towns in southern West Virginia attracting trout anglers

TAMS, W.Va. — Some of southern West Virginia's historic ghost towns are attracting the attention of trout anglers nationwide as the region recovers from...

Restoration paves way for trout fishing at Kanawha State Forest

The restoration of Davis Creek paves the way for trout fishing in the forest.
LOUDONDALE, W.Va. — A stream restoration project designed to improve fishing and recreation at Kanawha State Forest near Charleston, West Virginia, has been completed,...

Gov. announces 2022 W.Va. Big Buck Photo Contest winners

Winners of the 2022 W.Va. Big Buck Photo Contest were announced today by the Governor.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice today announced the winners of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources second annual Big Buck Photo Contest....

West Virginia Trout Stocking Schedules: March 6-10, 2023

West Virginia Explorer Magazine publishes an updated list of waters stocked by the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources as the division publishes announcements. Trout Stocking...

Sixty-five schools to compete in W.Va. archery tournament

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Students from 65 schools will participate in the 18th annual West Virginia Archery-in-the-Schools State Tournament on March 25, according to...

Meetings to discuss W.Va. hunting, trapping, fishing regulations

A hunter and his hound venture out on a misty morning hunt.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will host 12 in-person public meetings in mid-March 2023 to discuss proposed hunting,...

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