Cranberry River

Richwood, West Virginia

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A marvelous example of how a once-sterile stream can be restored to a prominent trout fishery. And what a river it is. Rising in the Cranberry Glades between Black Mountain and Blue Knob, the river flows through a 35,864-acre wilderness area, the largest USDA Forest Service wilderness area in the state. The upper reaches of North, South, and Dogway Forks are brook trout country, those thin, dark, shady waters overhung by laurel and rhododendron where fishing is more a matter of dappling a fly on a long 7X tippet than making a cast. From the junction of the North and South forks down to the low water bridge where Dogway enters and all the way down Dogway, a combined distance of more than 6 miles is catch-and-release only. Species: Brook, brown, rainbow. Angling methods: spin, and fly-fishing.
America's 100 Best Trout Streams

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America's 100 Best Trout Streams

by John Ross (Falcon Guides)

A marvelous example of how a once-sterile stream can be restored to a prominent trout fishery. And what a river it is. Rising in the Cranberry Glades between Black Mountain and Blue Knob, the river flows through a 35,864-acre wilderness area, the largest USDA Forest Service wilderness area in the state.

The upper reaches of North, South, and Dogway Forks are brook trout country, those thin, dark, shady waters overhung by laurel and rhododendron where fishing is more a matter of dappling a fly on a long 7X tippet than making a cast. From the junction of the North and South forks down to the low water bridge where Dogway enters and all the way down Dogway, a combined distance of more than 6 miles is catch-and-release only. Species: Brook, brown, rainbow. Angling methods: spin, and fly-fishing.

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Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: Richwood
Access: Moderate
Season & Limits: Year-round
Accessibility: Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Maps: West Virginia DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer
Driving Directions: Directions to Cranberry River

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