Russell Fork Whitewater and Playpark Initiative Moving

The study is in! Check the pdf version (16Mb) here.
The project kicked off in September, 2008, with promotion and marketing of the 2008 Russell Fork whitewater season and local events at the Gauley Festival, the world's largest whitewater event in Summersville, WV.
It was keystoned by a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission with match from Elkhorn City, Pike County Fiscal Court, Elkhorn City Fire Department, and the ECAHC.  
October boater turnout was up thanks to fabulous weather and a great series of events, including the first ever Russell Fork Baddlun, the Paddler's Appreciation event, theater at the brand new Artist's Collaborative Theatre, and the 13th annual Russell Fork Rendezvous. For pictures from all October events, go to and
The groundwork for the playpark feasibility study was completed on October 26/27. Risa Shimoda and Aaron Asquith of the McLaughlin Group were the consultants onsite with ground assistance from Mark Blair of Synergy Engineering, James Stapleton of Freshwater Solutions and Steve Ruth, project manager.
The consultants were very enthusiastic about several locations on a stretch of the river from approximately the east-end coal load-out facility to Tim Belcher’s Law Office. The options will include at least three play features, a whitewater ‘path’ from the Kelver Stiltner bridge to the Charles Cantrell bridge, and ‘creek slalom’ feature on the lower end of Carson Island near the old east end bridge.
The ARC portion of the project will be completed in March after the study and plan has been presented to local tourism/development and civic groups, local government, and area schools through onsite presentations.
We'll continue thanks to coal severance dollars to promote whitewater activities and take the next steps toward an in-town, riverbed whitewater park.