West Virginia Gold Rush

The West Virginia Gold Rush is Back!


The statewide West Virginia Gold Rush is back for a sixth year to paint rivers throughout our state gold with golden rainbow trout, every West Virginia fisherman’s favorite treasure. During the week of March 28- April 8, many state parks and local businesses in WV are offering deals and getaway packages to celebrate the stocking of these favored fish. Whether you’re an avid fisherman or newly introduced, gather the family and try your hand at catching a golden rainbow trout! Don’t forget that a WV fishing license with a valid trout stamp is needed to fish for these rainbow trout.

In Mountaineer Country, check out access points on the Coopers Rock Lake and Tygart Lake Tailwaters. Enjoy contests, discounts to regional attractions, and more by participating in this annual event in the region. Plus, go for gold while cherishing memories #MadeInMountaineerCountry.


Refuel after a day on the water with island vibes and generous portions, courtesy of Tropics Restaurant and Bar. Located just off I-68 near Cheat Lake, Tropics offers authentic Hawaiian cuisine and a fully stocked bar with deck seating and live music. Don’t miss their Mountaineer Deal for 15% off your entire purchase.

Find traditional family-style meals and to-go platters at Walzzy’s Hotdogs, available for dine-in or carry-out. Choose from a menu of specialty hotdogs that you’ve never seen before and enjoy 15% off your entire order when you use their Mountaineer Deal.


Stop by Dunham’s Sports at the Morgantown Mall to stock up for a day on the water. Find wall-to-wall savings on name-brand equipment and apparel.

Or head to McFly Outdoors in Bridgeport or Horner, WV, for everything you might need to reel in some gold! McFly outdoors is a family-owned and operated outfitter, carrying gear, apparel, tools, and all your favorite brands. Check out their Mountaineer Deal to receive 10% off any apparel item in stock.

Stock up on refreshments before you head out from Apothecary Ale House and Cafe, Morgantown’s craft beer authority. Apothecary is home to one of the largest craft beer selections in West Virginia, with 27 rotating taps and 104 bottles to choose from. Bookmark their Mountaineer Deal for 15% off your next purchase.

Build your own craft brew pack, or refill your growler at Chestnut Brew Works in Morgantown, WV. Bring in their Mountaineer Deal and receive $1 off crowlers and $2 off 4-pack when you order Tuesday through Sunday. Look for new recipes coming out each season, or grab an old favorite to bring you luck on the waters.

Don’t let your big catch be a fish tale! All-Pro Framing and Photography can help you find the perfect frame for your prized 2022 West Virginia Gold Rush memories. Plus! Receive 15% off all framing services and custom prints when you use their Mountaineer Deal.


Settle down after a long day on the water at The Cranberry Hotel. It’s conveniently located just off of I-68 and across the parking lot from Tropics. Receive 20% off any room type when you use their Mountaineer Deal.

Hang up your waders and unwind after an adventurous day in Mountaineer Country at Holiday Inn Morgantown – University Area. There, Gold Rush fishermen and anglers can enjoy 12% off the hotel’s best flexible rate. Must mention “Mountaineer Deals” upon check-in.

Get right on the road when you stay at Holiday Inn Express in Morgantown, WV. With easy access to the I-68 on-ramp, you can wake up and be on your way to the waters in no time. Early risers and eager fishers can take advantage of the exclusive Mountaineer Deal offer to receive 15% off their stay.

Embrace nature with an overnight stay at one of eight luxury log cabins available at Coopers Rock State Forest. Mountain Creek Cabins offers quaint hideaways with modern comforts, offering fishermen and outdoorsmen alike a warm place to rest their feet after a long day of adventure. Mention “CVB” when you call to reserve your cabin for Gold Rush and receive 15% off your stay when you mention code “CVB.”

Want to explore the area after Gold Rush? Microtel Inn and Suites in Hazelton is centrally located in Preston County and offers pet-friendly suites available for extended stays. Find quick access to I-68 and the Morgantown Municipal Airport and natural attractions like Big Bear Lake and the Cranesville Swamp Natural Area. Plus! Enjoy 10% off the rack rate when you mention their Mountaineer Deal.

Photo courtesy of @districtofconservationpodcast.