West Virginia Gold Rush returns March 29

The West Virginia Gold Rush is returning for its fifth year this spring! From March 29 to April 9, 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 54 other waters around the state. Parks and forests receiving Gold Rush stockings include:

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2022 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 for a chance to win:

  • Free West Virginia lifetime fishing license
  • One-night cabin stay at a state park or forest
  • West Virginia State Parks gift card
  • Gold Rush merchandise

For prize details and instructions on how to enter, visit wvdnr.gov/goldrush.

State Park Lodging Discount

To encourage anglers and their families to plan a Gold Rush adventure, we are offering a 15 percent discount on lodge room and cabin stays booked between March 23 and April 30. To get the discount, book online at wvstateparks.com and use offer code GOLD. Some exclusions apply.

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 wvfish.com. Additionally, all anglers must follow West Virginia’s fishing regulations, which can be found online at wvdnr.gov.

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