Sportsman Information

Hunting and Fishing in Nature’s Mountain Playground

We provide the scenic beauty as far as the eye can see, an abundance of varied wildlife, the friendliest people you’ll ever meet, and a wide spread of land from level plains to rugged mountain tops.  We’re sure you’ll make your own memories here.  

Hunting

Our goal here in Pocahontas County West Virginia is to offer you an exhilarating experience when it comes to hunting. With 500,000 acres of national forest, seven wildlife management areas, and two state forests, we’re sure your hunting trip will be a good one and you’ll have plenty of opportunity to bring home the game.

Elevation goes from moderate to rugged so everyone on the trip can find conditions to suit them. There’s an abundance of white tail deer, black bear, squirrel, rabbit, and wild turkey. Use our tools below to plan your trip. If you need additional assistance, don’t hesitate to call our friendly staff at 800.336.7009.

Fishing

The pristine headwaters of eight rivers, all found in Pocahontas County, combine to create an angler’s paradise.

The crystal clear, icy waters of the legendary Cranberry, Williams, and Elk Rivers provide unmatched fishing for rainbow, brook, and brown trout. To other ardent anglers plying the larger bodies of water, the feisty Smallmouth bass is their primary target either with fly rod or light spinning gear.  River smallies are among the toughest fish, pound-for-pound that will ever arc your rod.  

While our rivers are known for their exceptional catches, many small streams in the region hold secret places around rocks, ledges, bases of small natural dams, trees fallen into the water, or any other object that breaks the flow of the river.

Popular Elk River Touring Center (ERTC), noted for their exceptional fly-fishing knowledge, can provide an expert guide well schooled in the art of finding the best fishing spots. You can test your skill against spirited native trout or even elusive Red-Eye bass. Tours follow the streams along Cheat Mountain or even through the old logging town of Spruce.  You can conveniently purchase or rent supplies at the ERTC store. Be sure to bring your wildest sense of adventure for a memorable experience.

The 21-acre Buffalo Lake is the largest trout stocked compound in Pocahontas County. July through September, Smallmouth bass, Bluegills, and Channel catfish provide anglers with additional sporting opportunities.  The unspoiled lake is located off US 250, on USFS Rt. 54 in northern Pocahontas County. Only boats with electric motors are allowed.

Some of the best catch-and-release fishing in the area can be found along the Shaver’s Fork of the Cheat.  Experience the thrill of catching a trophy trout and the satisfaction of preserving the environment by releasing it!

A fun trip for the children is the Edray Trout Hatchery to see thousands of hybrid butter-colored golden trout as well as rainbow, brook, and brown trout.  The Hatchery is located three miles north of Marlinton on Rt. 219, then west one mile on Woodrow Road.  Open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  

An inexpensive short-term fishing license is available at all county clerk’s offices, the West Virginia fishing site listed in the link section or directly from the Hunting and Fishing License Unit (304.558.2758) or retail places throughout the county displaying a sign indicating fishing and hunting licenses. 


Get Your Sportsmans Map

This handy little brochure/map fits in your shirt pocket and it’s packed with lots of good information such as access points to Wildlife Management Areas, campgrounds, outfitters and stream stocking. Click the button below to request a free copy. Be sure to specify “Sportsman Map & Information Brochure” in your request.

Click the previews below to download the sportsman’s brochure/map or request one here.


Sportsman Listings

Slaty Fork, WV

Elk River Touring Center

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Elk River Touring Center offers guide services for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, mountain biking and fly fishing in Pocahontas County. Located in the heart of the Monongahela National Forest on the headwaters of the Elk River and near Snowshoe Mountain Resort, Elk River Tour…

Elk River Touring Center offers guide services for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, mountain biking and fly fishing in Pocahontas County. Located in the heart of the Monongahela National Forest on the headwaters of the Elk River and near Snowshoe Mountain Resort, Elk River Tour…

Arbovale, WV

Hevener Farm at Deer Creek

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Located just North of Green Bank, the Hevener Farm at Deer Creek is over 1000 acres of rich meadowland bordered by a 1,600 acre private farm, the Monongahela National Forest and 2,600 acres of National Public Radio Astronomy Observatory land. The Hevener Farm makes their 1000 acr…

Located just North of Green Bank, the Hevener Farm at Deer Creek is over 1000 acres of rich meadowland bordered by a 1,600 acre private farm, the Monongahela National Forest and 2,600 acres of National Public Radio Astronomy Observatory land. The Hevener Farm makes their 1000 acr…

Marlinton, WV

Pocahontas Fish & Game Adventure

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Located just North of Marlinton, Pocahontas Fish & Game Adventures offers not only a secluded cabin for folks to rest after a long day of fishing and hunting, but expert guides to help steer you in the best direction to catch that elusive trout, or tag that large trophy buck….

Located just North of Marlinton, Pocahontas Fish & Game Adventures offers not only a secluded cabin for folks to rest after a long day of fishing and hunting, but expert guides to help steer you in the best direction to catch that elusive trout, or tag that large trophy buck….

Cass, WV

Cass Scenic Railroad State Park

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Cass Scenic Railroad State Park now offers bike rentals. Whether you’re looking to bike around the historic logging town, hit the Greenbrier River Trail State Park, or take your wheels up Route 66 to ride the Snowshoe Highlands Silver Designated IMBA Ride Center, Cass Scenic Rail…

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Cass Scenic Railroad State Park now offers bike rentals. Whether you’re looking to bike around the historic logging town, hit the Greenbrier River Trail State Park, or take your wheels up Route 66 to ride the Snowshoe Highlands Silver Designated IMBA Ride Center, Cass Scenic Rail…

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Mountain Bike Friendly
Handicap Accessible
Marlinton, WV

Knapps Creek Trout Lodge

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Nestled in the corner of Marlinton, Knapps Creek Trout Lodge caters to maintaining privacy and a comfortable atmosphere. The property hugs Knapp’s Creek with a large lawn to play by the soothing water, fish for colorful rainbow trout, observe from the stonewall and enjoy evening …

Mountain Bike Friendly

Nestled in the corner of Marlinton, Knapps Creek Trout Lodge caters to maintaining privacy and a comfortable atmosphere. The property hugs Knapp’s Creek with a large lawn to play by the soothing water, fish for colorful rainbow trout, observe from the stonewall and enjoy evening …

Mountain Bike Friendly
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