Friends of the Tug Fork River

A nonprofit organization formed to preserve and protect the Tug Fork River and its watershed, raise awareness of its history, and develop recreation, tourism, and economic opportunities for our area.

Officers:

Pete Runyon - Pike County, KY - President

John Burchett - Mingo County, WV - Vice President

Vicky Evans - Martin County, KY - Treasurer

Mark Kemp - McDowell County, WV - Secretary


Directors:

Dustin Estep - McDowell County, WV Grace Williams - Mingo County, WV

David Hatfield - Mingo County, WV Jennifer Justice - McDowell County, WV

Madison Mooney - Martin County, KY Nina McCoy - Martin County, KY


Ex Officio Members of the Board of Directors:

Christy Bailey - National Coal Heritage Area Authority

Jennifer Liddle - WV DEP, Southern Basin Coordinator

Michaela Lambert - KY Division of Water, Big Sandy Basin Coordinator



Support Our Cause & Snag Some Swag

Order up some custom Friends of the Tug Fork River gear from our local vendor: Visit Custom Print & Design's Friends of the Tug Fork River Site. A portion of each purchase comes back to us to help support our river!

Local pick up or shipping is available - More items coming soon

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Join us in February of 2023

Make plans now to come to the Historic Williamson Fieldhouse on Saturday, February 25, 2023 for the 3rd annual Southern West Virginia Fishing Expo! More Details to be announced.

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Friends meet Friends

Monday, July 25, 2022

It was an incredible privilege for Friends of the Tug Fork River to host Friends of the Cheat (River), from northern WV, in Williamson this morning.

Thank you to the locals that joined us for breakfast at the Coal Cafe to discuss small town economics surrounding the Hatfield McCoy Trail System. FOC is visiting the area gathering information for a non-motorized multi-county trail system planned for northern WV.

Special thanks to Wes Wilson for leading our trip to Death Rock above the city and sharing his wealth of information about the area.

We couldn’t let our northern friends leave without something to forget us by. A jug of Pauley Hollow Distillery moonshine should do the trick! Pauley Hollow uses water from the original Randal McCoy well to distill the “fuel of the feud” just across the river in Forest Hills Kentucky.

We hope to see our friends return soon!


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Stream Monitoring Training

April 9, 2022 - Panther State Forest, McDowell County, WV:

West Virginia DEP's Save Our Streams and Kentucky Division of Water's Big Sandy Watershed Watch joined forces for a historic first joint training seminar for Friends of the Tug Fork River volunteers.Our volunteers learned water sampling techniques, water chemistry, and macro-invertibate collection and identification.This is the first step in a very long process to improve water quality in our river.

2021 Tug Fork Tire Tug of War

Tire Tug of War Work Areas And Total Tire Recovery Numbers To Date - October 2021

2019 Tire Tug of War

Join us in February, 2023