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Hello, I'm looking for a river canoe route for a weekend camping trip. I'm new to the...

Hello, I'm looking for a river canoe route for a weekend camping trip. I'm new to the area, from canada, and am an experienced tripper. I know there are some amazing rivers in WV but have no local knowledge and dont really know where to start. Can anyone recommend a river with only a couple of portages, mostly flat water, good camping spots, and a little off the beaten track? Not looking for a commercial camp ground but somewhere you can just pull up and set up camp off the river. Good fishing would be a plus. Thanks for your help!
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     asked this on January 09, 2010 at 06:30 PM
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Try a stretch of The Potomac known as The Trough, north of Moorefield. Put-in at Old Fields, and fish for an assortment of panfish. The only 'serious' rapid is a simple Class 2 near the railroad bridge just before entering the canyon. Just stay way to the right as soon as you see the bridge. There are several camping sites within The Trough. The best times to go are Spring weekdays, when waters are up, birds and fish are active, and fewer campers on the shorelines. There are 3 possible take-outs for a single overnight trip, including the exit of The Trough, very close to a small local outfitter (canoes and shuttle available), a WV DNR access area 2 miles below, and another DNR access area by the bridge just west of Romney. The latter two take-outs can extend your trip on Day 2, but camping is best inside The Trough valley.
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     answered this on January 20, 2010 at 07:13 AM
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The Greenbrier river is perfect for a canoe camping trip. There are no dams for the entire length no portages and plenty of sandbars to camp on as most of it is within National Forest boundaries. Also to consider is the upper New river (below Bluestone dam) which is a larger river with excellent scenery and small mouth bass fishing. All of the above are in West Virginia and about a four hour drive from Washington DC.
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     answered this on January 12, 2010 at 03:15 PM
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