Fishing & Boating

Crystal clear mountain streams and long, lazy rivers are perfect for fishing, canoeing, kayaking and whitewater rafting. The Cheat River produces Class III, IV and V rapids, where both half and full day whitewater trips are available through several rafting companies.

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You can pack some power into your visit and discover all 13 miles of beautiful Cheat Lake on a jet ski or motorboat; don’t forget the skis and tubes! Boaters can launch from two lake marinas:  Edgewater and Sunset, as well as the Port of Star City that accesses the Mon River.

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If you’re a fisherman at heart, you will want to catch the WV Bass Tournament when it comes through Greater Morgantown in the spring/summer months. Plus, the backwaters of Cheat Lake and Little Sandy Creek are prime spots for anglers!

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However, if canoeing and kayaking is more your style check out these locations for rentals to get your adventure started! Family-owned Padlz Canoe & Kayak Rentals in Bruceton Mills offers fun on the water for all ages and skill levels. Several deer, ducks, turtles, blue heron, beaver and an otter family have been spotted on the flat waters of the Big Sandy River and the small Bruceton Lake.

Also, Morgantown Area Paddlers is a local flatwater paddling group focused on promoting and developing social, relaxed kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding in the Morgantown area.

Check out whitewater rafting in Greater Morgantown

Kayak Rentals

Cheat River Outfitters
Discover the best whitewater rafting on the Cheat River in Northern West Virginia! Also check out their rock climbing, wild caving and paintball programs. Class V whitewater rafting on the spectacular Cheat Canyon and Big Sandy, Class III whitewater rafting on the Cheat Narrows and family-style rafting all summer long–wild to mild. There are also kids and group rates. Open March through November and located 12 miles South of I-68. Call 1-888-99-RIVER.

Padlz Canoe and Kayak Rentals
Fun on the water for all ages and skill levels is available at the family-owned Padlz Canoe & Kayak Rentals. The flat waters of the Big Sandy River and the small Bruceton Lake provide views of wildlife and perfect shores to make a picnic. Located in Bruceton Mills. Call 304-777-3665.

Boat Rentals

Sunset Beach Marina
Rent a Ski Boat, Large Pontoon, Small Pontoon, Canoe, Double Kayak, Single Kayak, Skis, Wakeboard, Tube, and Stand-up Paddle Board. Call 304-594-0050.


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Check out the links below for more information or call 800-458-7373 for assistance planning your trip.

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