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Elkhorn Creek (Tug Fork)

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Elkhorn Creek is a 23.7-mile-long tributary of the Tug Fork, belonging to the Ohio River and Mississippi River watersheds. It is located in McDowell and Mercer counties in West Virginia. Elkhorn Creek is also known as Elkhorn Fork and Elkhorn River. According to tradition, Elkhorn Creek was named after an incident when a pioneer hunter displayed an elk’s horn near the creek’s mouth.

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Learn more about Elkhorn Creek (Tug Fork).

Elkhorn Creek

Elkhorn Creek, a tributary of the Tug Fork, has become a prime location for fishing enthusiasts. Brown and Rainbow Trout flourish here.

More About Tug Fork

Approximately 10 miles northeast of Welch, access is provided by following U.S. Route 52 north to Premier. Several administrative roads and trails provide interior access for foot travel only. Tug Fork spans 6,673 acres
and has terrain of primarily mixed hardwood forest with oak-hickory forest types on drier sites and yellow poplar/black cherry in the coves.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Owned by WVDNR
Managed by Wildlife Resources Section

  1. Fishing State License Required

    PURCHASING A FISHING LICENSE

    Licenses may be obtained as follows:

    1. At approximately 175 license agent locations throughout the state. ($3 issuing fee for first purchase and $1 for subsequent purchases.)
    2. www.wvfish.com (Official DNR website – $2 fee per transaction.)
    3. Directly from the Hunting and Fishing License Unit by phoning (304) 558- 2758. ($2 fee per transaction.)

    For additional information contact:

    Hunting and Fishing License Unit

    West Virginia Division of Natural Resources 324 4th Avenue • South Charleston, West Virginia 25303

    (304) 558-2758 | wvdnrcustomerservice@wv.gov

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YES! Licenses may be obtained as follows:
  1. At approximately 175 license agent locations throughout the state. ($3 issuing fee for first purchase and $1 for subsequent purchases.)
  2. www.wvfish.com (Official DNR website – $2 fee per transaction.)
  3. Directly from the Hunting and Fishing License Unit by phoning (304) 558- 2758. ($2 fee per transaction.)

For additional information contact:

Hunting and Fishing License Unit

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources 324 4th Avenue • South Charleston, West Virginia 25303

(304) 558-2758 | wvdnrcustomerservice@wv.gov

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