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King Shoals DNR Access

GPS Coordinates

38.50447, -81.23126

Trailer Access/Boat Ramp


Location Description

Owned and operated by WV Division of Natural Resources. This access has been termed the “submarine launch” by locals because of the long slide leading to the river. It does include concrete steps, but dropping a jon boat on the slide can lead to a rather accelerated launch. That aside, it is a good access with ample parking.

Parking & Features

Paved/gravel. Est parking spots: 12. Distance from parking area to river: long.

Directions From I-79

From I-79 exit 19 (Clendenin)(12.5 mi.): Head south on Bufflick Rd toward US-119/Spencer Rd and continue for 2.5 miles. Turn left onto WV-4 N/Elk River Rd. Boat launch is on the right in 9.9 miles.


Ease of access: moderate. Unrestricted hours. Not handicapped accessible.

Distance from Sutton Dam

70.6 mi

Distance from Previous Access

7 mi

Nearest Town


Amenities In Town & Nearby

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