by Skip Johnson
Elk is West Virginiaâ€™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 riverâ€™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.