Fishing along the Blackwater River

Refuge waters include 14 miles of the Blackwater River and four of its tributaries as well as two beaver ponds. Fishing access is wherever a managed road or trail crosses a body of water (river, stream or pond) or comes within approximately 10 yards of a body of water. Available species include brown trout, rainbow trout, brook trout, smallmouth and largemouth bass, and bluegill. The Blackwater River is stocked with rainbow and brown trout in the spring and fall by the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources. Two Americans With Disabilities Act-friendly canoe/kayak launches are available on the Blackwater River to facilitate fishing in the interior of the refuge and an ADA-accessible fishing pier is available off of Timber Line Road.

To learn more about trout stocking on the refuge and in West Virginia visit the W.V. Department of Natural Resources trout stocking website.  

West Virginia state fishing rules and regulations.

Laws, rules, and regulations