You’re Invited: Tucker County Rivers Celebration – July 17
On Saturday, July 17, WV Rivers will be holding a Rivers Celebration in Tucker County, WV! We’re spending the day along the Black Fork of the Cheat River in Hendricks and would love to have you join us.
It’s been quite a while since we’ve been able to gather together and we’re so excited to do so in one of the most beautiful places we know!
We hope you’ll join us for a day of free, family friendly activities both on and off the river.
During the evening we’re hosting a ticketed after party featuring live music with the Chaga Tea Project, dinner catered by White Grass Café, and libations from local brewers. Meet new people, catch up with longtime friends, and celebrate our wild & wonderful rivers and streams!
Schedule of Events
All Saturday events will meet at our Registration area in Hendricks, WV.
11am: Our Wonderful Mon Listening Session – Free
The Monongahela National Forest is the crown jewel of West Virginia’s public lands. It is home to the headwaters of six major river systems and provides endless opportunities for recreation. WV Rivers’ wants to hear from folks about how they recreate within the Mon Forest. We’re holding informal listening sessions where visitors, residents, and tourists can share their experiences recreating in the forest. We’d love to hear from you! Join us along the banks of the Black Fork and share your perspective on the Mon and help us
11am-12:30pm: River Snorkeling – Free
A great activity for kids – and adults! Join Madison Ball, Restoration Program Manager with Friends of the Cheat, for snorkeling in the Black Fork. Learn about and explore the critters that dwell in the river. If you have your own snorkel or goggles please bring them with you. If you are planning to snorkel please bring a bathing suit/swim clothes, sturdy water shoes or old sneakers, and dry clothes.
1:30pm-3:00pm: Mushroom Hike – Free
Join WV Rivers board member, Nancy Ward, for a leisurely hike along one of the many trails that surround the town of Hendricks. Nancy is a seasoned mushroom hunter and president of the West Virginia Mushroom Club. Nancy will be able to help you identify a variety of mushrooms, their uses, and their toxicity. Hikers may need to drive to the hike location.
1:30pm-3:00pm: River Float Group 1 – Bring your own boat
Bring your own boat or rent one from Blackwater Outdoor Adventures. Here’s an opportunity to kayak, canoe, or tube along the Black Fork of the Cheat with WV Rivers’ Staff and Board. If the water is low, there’s a pooled area near Registration and folks can paddle or float. If river levels allow, paddlers will need to be prepared to shuttle themselves to the put-in.
3:00pm-5:00pm: River Float Group 2 – Bring your own boat
Missed the earlier paddle? No worries, here’s another opportunity to kayak, canoe, or tube along the Black Fork of the Cheat with WV Rivers’ staff and board. Bring your own boat or rent one from Blackwater Outdoor Adventures. If the water is low, there’s a pooled area near Registration and folks can paddle or float. If river levels allow, paddlers will need to be prepared to shuttle themselves to the put-in.
6:30pm-9:30pm: Rivers Celebration After Party – Ticketed Event
Music, food, drink – the best of Tucker County and the surrounding area. Join our ticketed after party featuring music with the Chaga Tea Project, Mediterranean dinner from White Grass Cafe, and libations! Adult tickets to the after party (including 2 wine or beer tickets) are $40, kids tickets (ages 10-15) are $15. Kids under 10 are free! Buy your tickets here.