Much of the tourism in our area is geared towards the many adventures within the Appalachian mountains such as trail riding or hiking, but a growing source of tourism for us is the Tug Fork River. With everything from airboat tours to kayaking, the river is becoming the newest root of adventure for both tourists and locals.
Locals are taking notice of this growing culture around the river, and many of them are hosting events to help continue this growth. One example of this is the 2nd annual Float Em’ If Ya Got Em’ event hosted by the local chapter of Wildlife Women. Cassie Diamond, Chapter Leader of Wildlife Women in Mingo, Logan, and Wayne Counties in West Virginia as well as Pike County in Kentucky, said, “I love my home. I love being able to bring events to my area and get people out enjoying our beautiful river.”
Float Em’ If Ya Got Em’ lets you spend the day floating your way down the Tug Fork River. You will start off at the boat ramp in South Williamson and float all the way down to the Chattaroy Park and Ride. This 3-hour long trip will have some unique views of the area while allowing you to simply float away from your worries for a little bit. Aside from the prize-worthy views, the Wildlife Women will also give away a one-year membership to Wildlife Women as a door prize.
You can bring anything that floats (except for motorized boats)! Don’t have a float or kayak? No problem, you can rent one from Rebel Outfitters at the starting point. If you are considering renting, it is recommended that you call ahead to reserve one.
Last year’s event had around 35 participants, and the event is only expected to grow this year. If you are interested in floating, registration is $10 for adults and free for kids 12 and under. All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration will begin at 10 that morning, and the float is expected to begin around 11. After registration, one person from your group will then take your party’s vehicle to the park and ride and be shuttled back to the start line, so that everyone can get on the river at the same time.
If you want to join Wildlife Women on this adventure, be sure to come out on July 20th ready to float!