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WVDNR COVID-19 Response

Policy changes and guidelines for hunters and anglers

To protect employees as well as hunters and anglers during the COVID-19 outbreak, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has implemented several policy changes to mitigate the spread of the virus while continuing to provide safe public services.

Trout Stocking Changes

To reduce the number of anglers gathering at public lakes, the West Virginia Gold Rush has been postponed and locations for daily trout stockings will no longer be announced.

  • The trout stocking hotline and online stocking report will not be updated at this time
  • Gold Rush stockings will not start on March 27 as originally scheduled, but may be moved to a later date
  • Regular trout stockings will continue in frequency, as set forth in the 2020 Fishing Regulations

Due to restricted access, WVDNR is not stocking these waters:

  • Barboursville Lake
  • Hurricane Lake
  • Ridenour Lake
  • Westover Pond
  • Spruce Knob Lake

To make sure crowds don’t interfere with trout stocking personnel and that anglers maintain a safe distance from hatchery staff, a DNR Law Enforcement officer will join each stocking run.

WMA, State Park and Facility Closures

To help protect the public and staff, the following facility closures and service changes have been made:

Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs)
WMA Campgrounds will follow the same reopening protocols as State Parks campgrounds

  • WMA campgrounds are open. Reservations are limited to in-state (West Virginia) guests only through June 9, 2020. On June 10, camping reservations will be opened to non-residents, but stays will be limited to no more than seven days.

  • To mitigate potential spread of the virus, only registered guests will be allowed in the campground.

  • Campgrounds at all state parks and forests are adopting more stringent cleaning, sanitization and social distancing measures to prepare for the reopening. To review the Governor’s Guidance on Reopening Campgrounds, click here

Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs)

  • Campgrounds on Wildlife Management Areas are scheduled to open starting Thursday, May 21, 2020.  All campgrounds will be limited to occupancy by West Virginia Residents until further notice.
  • Shooting ranges are open, but with some restrictions

State Park and Forest Facility closures

State Park and Forest Facility closures

To stay up to date on state park facility closures and service changes, visit wvstateparks.com/travel-alert.

DNR District Offices

DNR district and administrative offices around the state are closed to the public but remain operational with reduced staffing. Offices are maintaining personnel from each DNR section to ensure there are no disruptions in service. All other employees have been instructed to work from home. If you have questions, please call your district office. Click here for a directory.

Hunter Education Classes

Online courses are available for a fee through the following affiliates.

Preventing the spread of COVID-19

These measures have been taken to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in West Virginia. For more information about the virus and public health guidelines for preventing its spread, visit www.dhhr.wv.gov/covid-19.

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