Your recipe for soaking up fun includes just one ingredient … water! And Greater Morgantown has more than its share of H2 Ohhh!

Crystal clear mountain streams and long, lazy rivers are perfect for fishing, canoeing, kayaking and whitewater rafting. The Cheat River produces Class III, IV and V rapids; half and full day whitewater trips are available through several rafting companies.

Pack some power into your visit and discover all 13 miles of beautiful Cheat Lake on a jet ski or motorboat; don’t forget the skis and tubes! Boaters can launch from two lake marinas, Edgewater and Sunset, as well as the Port of Star City that accesses the Mon River.

Fishing fans will want to catch the Cabela’s King Kat Fishing Tournament & Kid’s Fishing Rodeo (June) and the WV Bass Tournament (July). The backwaters of Cheat Lake and Little Sandy Creek are prime spots for anglers!

Family-owned Padlz Canoe & Kayak Rentals in Bruceton Mills offers fun on the water for all ages and skill levels. Several deer, ducks, turtles, blue heron, beaver and an otter family have been spotted on the flat waters of the Big Sandy River and the small Bruceton Lake.

Kayak/Canoe Rentals and Guides

Cheat River Outfitters

Discover the best whitewater rafting on the Cheat River in Northern West Virginia! Also check out our Rock Climbing, Wild Caving and Paintball programs. Class V whitewater rafting on the spectacular Cheat Canyon and Big Sandy, Class III whitewater rafting on the Cheat Narrows and family style rafting all summer long. Wild to mild. Kids and group rates. March through November. 12 miles South of I-68.

Mountain Streams and Trails

Fully guided outdoor adventure, whitewater rafting and mountain biking trips. Located in Albright. 235 Quarry Run Rd., Morgantown, WV.

Padlz Canoe and Kayak Rentals

Fun on the water for all ages and skill levels is available at the family-owned Padlz Canoe & Kayak Rentals. The flat waters of the Big Sandy River and the small Bruceton Lake provide views of wildlife and perfect shores to make a picnic. Bruceton Mills.

Boat Rentals

Sunset Beach Marina

Rentals: Ski Boat, Large Pontoon, Small Pontoon, Canoe, Double Kayak, Single Kayak, Skis, Wakeboard, Tube, and Stand-up Paddle Board.

Other Resources

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Section


The USS West Virginia sunk to the bottom of Pearl Harbor during the Dec. 7th attack, suffering more damage than any other on that day. In 1963, the “WeeVee’s” mainmast was presented to WVU and is on display with the ship’s bell on Oglebay Plaza. The anchor resides on the WVU campus, proudly displayed on the lawn of the Delta Gamma sorority house.

For a little less turbulence, head to the public pools . . . offering zero grade entry, two water slides, and a children’s aquatic play area.

Mark your calendar for the The Wells Fargo Advisors Mountaineer Triathlon and Duathlon (Summer): a sprint distance course along with the olympic distance and half distance races along the Monongahela River in downtown Morgantown.

Go ahead, dive into the mystery, magic and exhilaration of Greater Morgantown’s beautiful waterways!

Download our Greater Morgantown Whitewater Brochure or call 800-458-7373 for assistance planning your trip.

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