Elk is West Virginia’s longest river whose boundaries are entirely within the state. It forms on the western slopes of the Allegheny Mountains in Pocahontas County and flows one hundred and seventy two miles to the capital city of Charleston. In olden times, the first of several miles of Elk were known as Upper River, hence the title for this book.
This book explores the renowned trout fishing on the head of Elk, the geologic marvel where the river goes underground in dry weather, the storied little village of Bergoo, the mountaineer known as Rimfire Hamrick, the wood chopping legends, the picturesque canyon settings and the river’s final one hundred miles to its meeting with the Kanawha. Upper River is an adventure that will carry readers from a tiny rivulet on the Crooked Fork of Elk to the state capital.
About the author:
Skip Johnson was born on Birch River in Herold, West Virginia and lived there till shortly before his death in 2011. He retired in 1992 as outdoor columnist and reporter for the Charleston Gazette. In 1993, he wrote Woods and Waters, a collection of outdoor stories.