Welcome to Coal River Kayak!

We are a boat rental and livery service operated by the Coal River Watershed Group (CRG) in Tornado, WV.

We are open for rentals Wednesday through Sunday from mid-May through August 29th.

  • We provide shuttled rental trips Wed-Sunday 9am and 1030am. 
  • We shuttle you upstream to the Lock 4 put-in in Alum Creek, and you paddle 7 miles back to the CRG River Center in Tornado.

We also have boats available for "grab & go" rentals, where you pick up your boat and bring it back at an arranged time. (Note: you MUST provide your own transportation/shuttle for grab & go rentals).



  • Single kayak - $35  per day
  • Tandem kayak - $65 per day
  • Stand-up Paddle Boards - $50 per day

We require 24hr advanced reservation for all rentals! Please call 304-722-3055 to make your reservation.

We are a kayak rental service. While we do have some canoes in stock, we only rent them under special circumstances.  Price for canoe rentals are $100 per day.

Outdoor Fun

Whether you're 18 or 48, a day on the river will make you feel like a kid. Spend a day with us, and enjoy memories for years to come.


Coal River Kayak is closed for the season...SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!


Coal River Kayak Rentals is owned and operated by the nonprofit Coal River Watershed Group (CRG). All proceeds from rentals go back towards cleaning up and restoring the Coal River watershed.

Our boat rental business is based out of the CRG's headquarters, the CRG River Center, in Meadowood Park (Tornado, WV).

The River Center is a great place to visit and learn about the Coal Rivers. For more information visit: 

Large Groups- We have over 30 boats in our fleet. Plan a full day on the river for your corporate group, church, scouts troop, or school outing.

Specialty boats- Include Kayak Angler fishing craft, small children's kayaks, large tandems, and Stand Up Paddleboards.


Complete Service

We offer complete rentals of kayaks and stand up paddleboards.

Coal River Kayak Rentals

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