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Ohio River refuge islands in W.Va. increasingly attract kayakers


WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. — More than 20 virtually forgotten islands in the Ohio River in West Virginia are increasingly attracting kayakers drawn by the opportunity to explore one of the nation's evolving wildlife refuges.

Amid a landscape pulled from the pages of a Mark Twain novel, the islands, shorelines, and underwater habitat that are protected as part of the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge offer intrepid visitors a chance to explore little-known landscapes.

To help increase knowledge about the islands, officials at the refuge are sponsoring a kayaking challenge, inviting paddlers to visit as many islands as possible and share a selfie taken at each with the visitor center staff.

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