West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.


West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.


West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.


West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.


West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.


Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.


Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 2013 Fall Trout Stockings Begin Oct. 15

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources 2013 fall trout stocking will take place during the weeks of Oct. 14 (Monday the 14th is a state holiday) and Oct. 21, according to Curtis I. Taylor, chief of the DNR’s Wildlife Resources Section.

Approximately 32,000 pounds of trout will be stocked during the two-week period in 25 streams and nine lakes as indicated in the 2013 Fishing Regulations. Brood trout will make up about 20 percent of the total poundage.
Without additional rainfall over the next couple of weeks, flows are likely to be low and clear, and anglers will have to use their best angling skills to be successful.

“This is a great time of year to enjoy trout fishing because of the fall foliage and cool temperatures,” Taylor said. “In some areas outdoorsmen can make a full day of it by hunting in the morning and fishing in the afternoon.”

All construction work at New Creek Dam 14 in Grant County has been completed and the lake will be stocked with trout this fall.

Anglers should be aware that the U.S. Forest Service has closed an access road and campground at Rock Cliff Lake in Hardy County and the lake is not expected to be stocked unless the road is reopened during the next two weeks. Campgrounds have been closed on the national forests and at U.S. Army Corps of Engineer lakes, but camping is available at state parks, forests and wildlife management areas (www.wvstateparks.com, click “Lodging and Camping;” www.wvdnr.gov, Hunting, click “Wildlife Management Areas”).

Beginning Oct. 15, anglers should check the DNR’s trout stocking Web page (www.wvdnr.gov, Fishing, and click “Trout Stocking”) for any changes or new information as it becomes available and for daily trout stocking reports. They also can call the Fishing Hotline at 304-558-3399 to find out which streams and lakes have been stocked each day.

Contact Information

Curtis Taylor, Wildlife Resources Section Chief