FREE Event: Elkspedition Picnic & Paddle Labor Day, 9/4

Join the Elkspedition Flotilla and Enjoy a Free Picnic
Free Event Celebrates the Elk River

Registration Closed

Join West Virginia Rivers Coalition at Coonskin Park in Charleston, WV for a celebration of the Elk River on Labor Day, September 4, 2017, during our Elkspedition Picnic & Paddle!

On Labor Day afternoon you’re invited to join a flotilla of kayaks, canoes, rafts or anything else that floats for a celebratory 3.5-mile paddle on the Elk River. After the float, paddlers and community members will be treated to a good old-fashioned BBQ picnic, featuring live music with one of Charleston’s favorite bands, The Dread Pirate, RobertsBring your own boat and register for the flotilla and picnic here.

Paddler check-in begins at 12pm at the Columbia Pavilion at Coonskin Park; we’ll be shuttling you to the put-in. The picnic will follow immediately at approximately 3:30pm. Email for details.

Rather not paddle and just want to picnic? Save your seat at the FREE picnic, register hereRegistration is required to join the picnic.

The rafts provided by ACE Adventure Resort are full, but you can still register to bring your own boat and join the flotilla.

Celebrate the Elk River All Summer

All summer long we’re asking folks, like you, to help us build a photo map of the Elk River, from the headwaters in the Monongahela National Forest to its confluence with the Kanawha in Charleston. The final project will be on display during the Elkspedition Picnic & Paddle. Learn more about the project and get involved!Contact Megan Hamilton,, to learn how you can “adopt” a section of the river to photograph.

The Elkspedition Picnic & Paddle is part of the Waterkeeper Alliance’s SPLASH event series and benefits the West Virginia Headwaters Waterkeeper, a program of West Virginia Rivers Coalition. For more information on the SPLASH Event Series, presented nationally by Toyota, please visit

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