If the Tug Could Talk: Floating, Fishing & Folklore along the Tug River

In 2018, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife produced a video and article that explores the Tug River, infamously known for being the dividing line between the feuding Hatfields and McCoys. There are many other stories to be told along the tug as well, with the river flowing to the town of Matewan, known for being the site of a labor uprising that resulted in the “Matewan Massacre”. These heart-wrenching stories are only pieces of a much broader and colorful heritage, and suit this rugged yet beautiful landscape that outdoor enthusiasts crave.

Floating Tug Fork explores outdoor activities along the storied Tug Fork River of Kentucky and West Virginia.

Big Fish & Rich History

Blue Water Trails

Paddling the eastern borderlands in search of big fish and rich history – Written by Lee McClellan.

Click here to explore The Tug Fork’s rich history, and learn details on fishing & floating down the Tug Fork River.

Hooked on Fishing, Not On Drugs Event

UNITE Pike, a community anti-substance abuse coalition, is sponsoring “Hooked on Fishing, Not On Drugs”, a free fishing event that will be held Saturday, September 17, at Grants Branch Park in Stone, Kentucky. Held from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., families are encouraged to participate in this great event, ages 10 to 15. Individuals ages 16 an older will need a valid fishing license. Lunch will be provided.

For more information, contact Freddie Lewis at (606) 432-6291

Feud on the Forks Kayak/Canoe River Bass Tournament

Jackson Kayak, Big Stick Tackle and the City of Pikeville present “Feud on the Forks”, a kayak/canoe river bass tournament on the Levisa Fork River and Russel Fork River, October 11, 2014. Pike County, Kentucky is home to some of the best fishing around, and what better way to test your skill than at this friendly competition with other bass fishing enthusiasts? 1st place prize winner will receive a Jackson Kayaks Coosa. 100% payout is based on number of entrants.

For more information, contact Ronnie Hylton.

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