By Travis Crum for The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington, W.Va.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Officials are hoping a “major rehabilitation” of the boat launch and park along the Guyandotte River will spark a renewed enthusiasm for recreation there, including kayaking, jet skiing and fishing.
Recreational activities on the Guyandotte River have fallen sharply over the years amid maintenance budget cuts that led to increased flooding and a decline in park facilities.
After several years of planning, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources unveiled blueprints Wednesday for a new boat launch platform, dock and bathrooms. There will also be improvements to the nearby Adams Landing Marina and the addition of a fueling station.
For years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers needed to dredge the Guyandotte River near the current boat launch, sometimes twice a year depending on sediment buildup. …