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It is the statutory mission of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources to provide and administer a long-range comprehensive program for the exploration, conservation, development, protection, enjoyment, and the use of the natural resources of the State of West Virginia.

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Featured Articles

Fishing adventures to help you plan the perfect West Virginia Day

Celebrate West Virginia Day with a fishing trip to a state park lake or scenic float down a warmwater stream West Virginia Day is Thursday, June 20 and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Mountain State’s…

Safe boating practices to help you enjoy West Virginia’s lakes and rivers

Your guide to safe and fun boating adventures in Almost Heaven Whether you’re planning a leisurely day on one of West Virginia’s serene lakes or an adventurous journey down a scenic river, basic boating safety practices can enrich your experience…

5 cabin parks to visit for a fishing trip in June

Popular parks with cabin amenities are perfect places to cast a line and connect with nature If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the constant hustle and bustle of daily life, it might be time to escape to the tranquil beauty of…

Discover the Beauty and Benefits of West Virginia’s Wild Yards Program

Wild Yards improve wildlife habitat, save time and promote natural beauty Do you want to be part of a movement that helps native plants and wildlife thrive and save time and money maintaining your property? The West Virginia Division of…

Summer Fishing Guide: 5 West Virginia Lakes and Streams Worth Exploring

Dive into a summer fishing adventure in #AlmostHeaven With thousands of miles of mountain streams, navigable rivers and numerous lakes and impoundments, West Virginia is a great place to cast a line. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or new to…

5 life jacket myths that can get you killed

WVDNR examines common misconceptions about who needs a life jacket, how they fit and when they’re required When it comes to wearing a life jacket while boating, there are many myths and misconceptions that people have come to believe. For…

The Beginner’s Guide to Summer Boating Safety

Navigate West Virginia’s rivers and lakes with these safe boating basics Are warm breezes and glistening sunlight beckoning you to get out on the water? With more than 2,000 miles of navigable streams and dozens of boatable lakes and impoundments,…

Ultimate summer fishing guide for Tygart Lake

Discover the best fishing spots, recommended gear and pro tips for an unforgettable adventure Whether you’re a seasoned angler tuned into the whisper of the line or a novice drawn to the serene beauty of the lake, Tygart Lake in…

Pro tips to help you become a West Virginia Master Angler in 2024

Complete six slams and receive West Virginia’s most prestigious fishing award So, you want to be a Master Angler? To earn your stripes, you’ll need to complete six slams, each requiring you to reel in specific fish species that meet…

Participate in wildlife conservation with these 4 WVDNR citizen science surveys

Your collaboration will help biologists monitor the population of native species Have you ever wanted to be part of a team studying native wildlife? Now you can combine your love of nature with your passion for discovery by helping the…

7 bucket list items to help you celebrate West Virginia Gold Rush’s 7th year

Plan the ultimate Gold Rush fishing trip and explore 68 of West Virginia’s most popular lakes and streams The West Virginia Gold Rush is returning for its seventh year on April 1-13, bigger and better than ever! For two weeks,…

Cast a line at one of these 5 streams in West Virginia this spring

Experience the essence of spring fishing at these Almost Heaven streams Spring brings a spirit of revival and fresh starts — not just for nature but for our hobbies and passions. If your fishing routine has become a little stale…