Fishing the Elk River near Charleston West Virginia
Hey, if you're anything like me you like to get out and do a little fishing but don't always want to make a huge trip out of it, so it's nice to have a few fishing holes close to home. If you live around Charleston then I've got the spot for you. I'm going to show you how to get on the Elk River. You can access it from Coonskin Park or the Mink Shoals public stream access just off the Mink Shoals exit of I-79.
And if you are up for an all-day float trip, you can head up toward Elkview, get in at the Blue Creek public stream access and float all the way down to Mink Shaols.
If you don't have a boat, then there is some shore access at all three locations, but Coonskin is probably your best choice. Coonskin has a trail the follows the Elk River as well as a small fishing pond.
To get to Coonskin Park:
Coonskin Park is located 10 minutes from downtown Charleston, WV. Exit 99 off I-64, Route 114 North (Greenbrier Street) 2.5 miles, turn left on Coonskin Drive, Park entrance 1 mile. Stay to the left and pass the pond to get to the stream access.
To get to Mink Shoals public stream access:
From I-79 take Exit 1, Mink Shoals. Turn onto US-119 North. The pull-off is to your right, not far from the Interstate.
To get to Blue Creek public stream access:
From I-79 take Exit 1, Mink Shoals. Turn onto US-119 North. Stay on US-119 for about 10.5 miles. The stream access is under the Blue Creek bridge.