Woman fishing in a pond in the woods near The Inn at Canaan

West Virginia is a fishing paradise where there is plenty of space for true wilderness and escaping everyday life. And that stays true while in Canaan Valley. Several species of fish are found in the lakes and rivers of Tucker County, West Virginia. The West Virginia Department of Natural Resources is an incredible asset for the stocking of these trout rivers.  The Blackwater River slowly meanders through Canaan Valley with convenient access and an ADA accessible fishing pier can be found on Camp 70 Road. Stocked from March through May with brown, golden, and rainbow trout, the Dry Fork River is wide and very user friendly through the Dry Fork Valley along River Road. Lake Thomas is a reservoir at Thomas City Park and is fed by the North Fork of the Blackwater River. Bass and trout are favorite catches along with catfish and bluegill. An ADA accessible fishing pier as well as a boat launch for non-motorized boats, restrooms, easy access and parking can be found at the pavilion area in the park. Pendleton Lake is located at the Nature Center in Blackwater Falls State Park. The lake has an abundance largemouth bass, bluegill, catfish, and is stocked every spring with trout. Kayak and paddle boat rentals are available onsite.