Tygart Valley River
Tygart Valley River, Valley Head, WV 26294
Also known as the Tygart River, the Tygart Valley River rises in Randolph County in the Allegheny Mountains. The Tygart Valley River is named for its source in the Tygart Valley, a pocket of level farmland that had been settled by the Tygart family in 1753.
The upper Tygart River above Elkins flanks the Monongahela National Forest. There are many access points along US 219 near bridges and pull-offs where you can put in your canoe or kayak. Both the Valley Bend Wildlife Management Area and Huttonsville Wildlife Management Area provide access for hunters during waterfowl season and anglers. The Tygart River is stocked from Valley Head. Many fishermen catch brook, brown, and rainbow trout.
The backwaters of the Tygart River, located in Elkins, is the perfect experience for many anglers to catch a different type of fish. The backwaters of the Tygart River is known for its massive carp, muskie, large-mouth bass, pike, crappie, walleye, and big catfish. Check out the ADA accessible Scott’s Ford Fishing Pier for easy access.
Much of the Tygart River is composed of long, deep pools. These pools are very important because they provide the necessary cover to hold muskies year round. Some of these pools have fallen trees sprinkled along the shoreline that make really good habitats for all kinds of fish. Planning a whole vacation around your fishing experience? There are plenty of hotel and motels, vacation rentals, cabins, and campgrounds that will suit any of your travel needs.