West Virginia Wildwater Association
The West Virginia Wildwater Association (WVWA) was founded in 1965 with the purpose of paddling and enjoying the wild and scenic rivers of West Virginia and the surrounding Appalachian area. From the original hand full of members, we have grown into a major recreational and conservation organization in the state.
West Virginia is blessed with some of the best, and most diverse, whitewater in the country. Our club is dedicated to helping others enjoy, understand, and appreciate the joy of paddling. We sponsor clinics and roll sessions for new and seasoned boaters thoughout the year, schedule trips during the paddling season, and work to keep paddlers aware of conservation and access concerns.
We host a "WVWA/NYSC Whitewater Weekend" each summer. This started in 1975 when Barney Lilly was contacted by the National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) to see if we would be interested in hosting a river trip for some of their delegates on a weekend during their camp. Barney got the ball rolling and WVWA has hosted this event almost every year since then. (We did miss a couple years because of weather/water conditions.) You can read Barney's recollections about how this event got started at www.wvwa.net/wvwa_nysc_Barney.pdf.
We are alway looking for new club members and paddling partners. See our membership page to join today! (The same link works for renewing your membership.)
Our message forum is viewable by anyone. Club members and non-members who register (free of charge) can post paddling-related messages on the forum. (We do encourage those who use the message board frequently to become dues-paying members of the club.)
Please remember that joining WVWA and registering for the WVWA forum are two separate and distinct activities.
Club meetings are normally held on the second Thursday of each month, in the Charleston area. See the WVWA Calendar for the date, time and place for upcoming meetings.
Our mailing address is:
If you would like more information about WVWA, send us an email.
For e-mail correspondence with individual offices//staff see the Officers Page.