If the Tug Could Talk: Floating, Fishing & Folklore along the Tug River

In 2018, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife produced a video and article that explores the Tug River, infamously known for being the dividing line between the feuding Hatfields and McCoys. There are many other stories to be told along the tug as well, with the river flowing to the town of Matewan, known for being the site of a labor uprising that resulted in the “Matewan Massacre”. These heart-wrenching stories are only pieces of a much broader and colorful heritage, and suit this rugged yet beautiful landscape that outdoor enthusiasts crave.

Floating Tug Fork explores outdoor activities along the storied Tug Fork River of Kentucky and West Virginia.

Big Fish & Rich History

Blue Water Trails

Paddling the eastern borderlands in search of big fish and rich history – Written by Lee McClellan.

Click here to explore The Tug Fork’s rich history, and learn details on fishing & floating down the Tug Fork River.

Congressman Rogers Applauds Whitewater Tourism Boost in Eastern Kentucky

WASHINGTON, DC — Tourism in Eastern Kentucky will soon get a much needed boost from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced today the whitewater rafting season will be extended by two weeks at the Breaks Interstate Park, which includes Kentucky’s eastern-most point in Pike County, as well as Virginia and West Virginia.

During a budget hearing in March, Rogers reminded the Army Corps and the Bureau of Reclamation about a long-standing request from local residents to extend the whitewater rafting season on the Russell Fork River by discharging water more frequently from the Flannagan Dam on the Virginia border. Since that budget hearing, through his role as Chairman Emeritus of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, Congressman Rogers worked closely with the Army Corps Headquarters and Huntington District to make this action possible.

“Whitewater rafting has been a great economic boon for tourism around the Breaks Interstate Park, but the season has been cut short each year. I applaud the Army Corps for adding additional water release dates at the Flannagan Dam, which will extend the downstream whitewater rafting season into November and attract more recreational enthusiasts to our region this fall,” said Rogers. “In light of the recent downturn of our coal industry, we must capitalize on every opportunity to diversify our economy and enhance our unique tourism options in our beautiful Appalachian mountains.”

The Army Corps has scheduled weekend releases at the Flannagan Dam during the first four weeks in October and will conduct two additional “test” releases on the first two weekends of November 2018. A public scoping meeting will be held on September 27, 2018 at 6:30 pm at the Breaks Interstate Park Conference Center.