These 15 state parks and forests are participating in Gold Rush 2021

The West Virginia Gold Rush is back bigger and better than ever in 2021 and these special golden rainbow trout stockings are coming to 15 of your favorite state parks and forests starting March 23. So, if you love state parks and if you love fishing, Gold Rush is a great time to visit. Here’s what you need to know.

Gold Rush returns to West Virginia state parks and forests

From March 23 to April 3, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will stock thousands of golden rainbow trout in lakes and streams at select state parks and forests and in 47 other waters around the state. Parks and forests receiving Gold Rush stockings include:

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2021 Gold Rush Giveaway

Of the 50,000 golden trout stocked for Gold Rush, 100 fish will have a special, numbered tag. If you’re one of the lucky anglers who reel in a catch with a numbered tag, you can enter to win one of four grand prizes:

  • Three-night cabin stay at Blackwater Falls
  • One-night cabin stay at a state park or forest
  • West Virginia State Park gift card
  • Gold Rush merchandise

For prize details and instructions on how to enter, visit

State Park Lodging Discount

The best way to enjoy Gold Rush with your family is by taking a fishing trip to a participating West Virginia state park or forest. For a limited time, you can save 15 percent when you book a cabin or lodge room at a park or forest receiving a Gold Rush stocking. Just use promo code GOLD when you book online at

This discount is not valid at Stonewall or Canaan Valley resorts or on lodge stays at lodges currently closed for construction (Pipestem Mountain Creek Lodge, Cacapon, Blackwater Falls, North Bend and Hawks Nest).

Don’t forget to buy your fishing license

All anglers 15 and older are required to have a West Virginia fishing license with a current trout stamp and a valid form of identification while fishing during Gold Rush. Licenses and stamps can be purchased online at Additionally, all anglers must follow West Virginia’s fishing regulations, which can be found online at

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