The WMA is accessed from U.S. Route 52 at Premier. The Tug River Region. Elkhorn's trout even arrived accidentally. The Tug Fork River stretches 159 Miles long from close to the Virginia state line in McDowell County, West Virginia to Louisa, Kentucky where it joins the Levisa Fork to from the Big Sandy River. The Big Sandy has two main forks: the Levisa Fork, which runs through Pikeville, Kentucky, and the Tug Fork, which forms the border between Kentucky and West Virginia. Partly bordered by the Ohio, Big Sandy, and Tug Fork Rivers. A half century or so ago, coal companies abused the stream by using its waters to wash coal. Tug Fork Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is located about 10 miles northwest of Welch, West Virginia in McDowell County.Tug Fork WMA is located on 2,165 acres (876 ha) of steep terrain along hills above the Tug Fork River. West Virginia Rivers Shown on the Map: Big Coal River, Big Sandy River, Cacapon River, Elk River, Gauley River, Green Brier River, Guyandotte River, Little Kanawha River, Middle Island Creek, Monongahela River, New River, North Branch Potomac River, North Fork, Ohio River, Potomac River, South Branch Potomac River, South Fork, Tug Fork, Tygart Valley River and West Fork River. Between 1946 and 1978, there were 24 major floods in the region, an average of one every 1.3 years. The WMA is heavily forested, primarily with mixed hardwoods and yellow poplar/black cherry forests in the coves. The Tug Fork is a tributary of the Big Sandy River, 159 miles (256 km) long, in southwestern West Virginia, southwestern Virginia, and eastern Kentucky in the United States.Via the Big Sandy and Ohio rivers, it is part of the watershed of the Mississippi River. Because of this, the Tug Fork is considered to be part of the Mississippi River watershed. The first inkling that trout could survive came in August of 1968 when fisheries biologists were conducting a stream survey on the Dry Fork of the Tug Fork, which lies in McDowell County near the Virginia line. In the years since work began on the various components of the massive project, the flood control system has helped to cut-down the frequency and severity of disastrous flooding in the region. Ah, the great outdoors! One of the best parts of the region is the fact we see all four seasons and each one brings its very own magic to the world around you! You can take an airboat ride down the Tug Fork in Matewan, West Virginia and get an earful of ghost stories about the feud and a few more from Keith Gibson with Hatfield McCoy Airboat Tours. The consequences of extractive industries like coal mining and timbering weakened topsoil layers, leading to greater amounts of runoff when heavy rains soak the region. The region is surrounded by the Ohio River on the north and the Pennyroyal region on the east, south, and west. Alma Coal (West Virginia and Tug Fork region of Pike County, Kentucky).— Named from locality on the Tug Fork of Big Sandy River near Sprigg, Mingo County, southern West Virginia; in Kanawha group, between Campbell Creek and Cedar Grove (above) coals; equivalent to Upper Elkhorn No. The Big Sandy River flows in a northerly direction from Kentucky and West Virginia to the Ohio River. Whatever the … To make matters worse, the Tug Fork is highly-prone to devastating flooding. The Tug Valley is home to north america's best off-road trail system, incredible scenic views, unique wildlife and more! With the appropriations now available, work began on the long-awaited flood control system in the Tug Fork Valley. The Cumberland Gap is a pass through the mountains used by hunters, explorers, settlers, and animals. To Learn More on Each Item, simply click the picture! 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