Explore the Headwaters

Generations of West Virginians and avid anglers from elsewhere have grown up fishing the headwaters of the six great West Virginia that spring to life in the area. Before packing up your gear for a visit, learn more about the area by visiting the website of the West Virginia Council of Trout Unlimited. Below are few highlights.

Tea Creek

Featuring native brook trout and wild brown trout, and a backcountry experience. There is good trail access to get in and out of the area as deep as you want to go in. This is a beautiful boulder strewn pocket water.

North Fork of Cherry River

The North Fork is stocked by WVDNR with brown, rainbow and brook trout, but a healthy population of native brook trout migrate into and through the main stem of this beautiful water from the many clean, rhododendron choked, native trout tributaries. A catch and release section near Richwood offers anglers peace of mind that they can catch trout year round.

Cranberry River

The Cranberry is one of the most revered backcountry trout fishing experiences in the mid-Atlantic. There is big water in the spring, but it’s easy to explore and lots of trout year round.

Dogway Fork of Cranberry

This is a Fly Fishing Only area, regulated for native brook trout. Several miles of rugged backcountry native brook trout fishing and a great restoration story. Rendered lifeless from acid rain, the WVDNR began liming this stream close to two decades ago and has created a wonderful native trout fishery. One can't hardly fish the whole length of this stream in a single day. There is a lot of water to explore.

Williams River

There is easy access by car along the entire length. The river is stocked by WVDNR, and features many large pools, with camping available. Most of the area is easy to wade.