A second trip departs from just below Upper Falls at Meadowood Park, and descends the Coal River six miles to a take-out at Lower Falls, while a third trip continues on beyond Lower Falls for an additional six miles to a ramp at Gateway Shopping Center in St. Albans.
All trips are suitable for beginning paddlers.
Cost of the rentals, including personal floatation devices, paddles and shuttle service, is $35 for solo kayaks, and $65 for tandem kayaks and canoes. Angler-friendly kayaks equipped with rod holders and adjustable seats are also available. Rental boats are also available for paddlers to pick up and transport themselves for float trips upstream of the three trips now being offered.
The interns operating the kayak and canoe rental business will receive college credit for their work, and thanks in part to a grant from Toyota, scholarships at the end of their otherwise-unpaid time on the Coal River. The interns will also use GPS technology to map key landmarks along the 88-mile Coal River Walhonde Water Trail, and help with marketing and youth education programs for the CRG.
"Once people get on the river and see what's there, it's amazing how many of them get interested in helping us clean it up," said Currey. "Right now, we have a 600-person volunteer list that we expect to grow."
For more information on Coal River Kayak and Canoe Rental and the Coal River Walhonde Water Trail, visit www.coalriverkayak.com.
Reach Rick Steelhammer at rsteelham...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5169.