Coal River Group Boat Rental and Water Trail Internship

By Coal River Group | March 4, 2017
Tour De Coal kayaks

Kayaks ready to launch at the Tour De Coal 2016.

Summer 2017

The Coal River Group is looking for interns for the summer of 2017 to help operate the Coal River Canoe & Kayak Rental business.

Interns will be primarily tasked with day-to-day operations of the Coal River Group’s boat rental business. Responsibilities will include: managing and maintaining boats and equipment; shuttling rental boats and passengers to their put-in/take-out site; handling business transactions for boat rentals and gear purchases; providing safety orientations to boaters; and marketing of the rental program.

Interns will also engage in maintenance of the Coal River Water Trail. Tasks will include: creating an inventory of existing signage throughout the 100 miles of water trail, and working with volunteers to replace needed signs.

Special Projects:

  • All Coal River Group internships include a youth outreach component. For this position, interns will coordinate several “Kids Outdoor Days” events, which will give local kids the opportunity to kayak and canoe
  • Based on the intern’s individual experience, side projects may include marketing, GIS/GPS mapping, water quality monitoring, and other projects
  • As a final deliverable upon completion of the position, interns will prepare a report on entrepreneurship in outdoor recreation.

Details & Requirements:

This is a full-time, 10-week summer internship program that will take place at the CRG River Center in Tornado, WV. The intern schedule will include flexible hours and days, allowing the three interns to coordinate their work schedules and carpool from Huntington.

As this position requires handling boats, applicants for this position should be physically fit, capable of lifting 60lbs, and able to swim. First aid certifications are preferred.

Upon completing the internship, interns will be awarded a $1000 scholarship.

Download application here.

Run for the River 2017

By Coal River Group | March 4, 2017

Run for the River

April 15, 2017

Sprint, Spoke, and Splash

A Coal River Group Restoration Event

Sponsors needed!

Coal River Group Run for the River, April 15, 2017

Coal River Group Run for the River, April 15, 2017

WV DEP to help fund Coal River restoration project

By Coal River Group | February 22, 2017

Watch news story featured on WOWKTV HERE

VIDEO: An excellent report on the restoration of the Little Coal River by the WVDEP.

Watch HERE

Coal River Group Watershed of the Year 2009 and 2011

Coal River Group Watershed of the Year 2009 and 2011

Tour de Coal 2017 Sponsors Needed

By Coal River Group | October 28, 2016

Would you like to be a sponsor in the Coal River Group Tour de Coal 2017?

Come out and join this fun event in support of restoration of the Coal Rivers.

The Coal River group invites you to a sponsor in the Tour de Coal 2017!

The Coal River group invites you to a sponsor in the Tour de Coal 2017!

Exciting News! Download the new Coal River Water Trail App

By Coal River Group | October 19, 2016

Visit the Apple App Store, the Android App Store, or Google Apps

Check out the new Coal River Water Trail Website!

Coal River Group featured in Perspective section of West Virginia Gazette

Michelle Martin elected to Coal River Group Board of Directors

By Coal River Group | August 19, 2016

Kris Radford, President of the Coal River Group, has announced the election of Michelle Martin to the Board of Directors of the non-profit river restoration organization.

Michelle is Vice President in Accounting for City National Bank. She is a graduate of West Virginia University and is a native of Weston, West Virginia.

Radford says,”The addition of Michelle to our board is exciting for everyone. She will be able to provide valuable support for our mom-profit group’s operations and along with her sister, Melissa, will continue to increase the Coal River Group’s growing trash removal programs throughout the Coal River Watershed”

“Michelle and her sister, Melissa Jo Mansour, who is also employed by City National Bank, have worked very hard the past year helping as volunteers and cleaning up the Coal Rivers. Together they co-founded a unique volunteer group called “Trash your Kayak Coal River Cleanup Crew.” The group has worked throughout the three Coal Rivers conducting “Tire River Rescues” and removing bags of trash from the Coal Rivers. You can find their group on Facebook.”

“Michelle and Melissa have earned additional honors from the Coal River Group involving river travels,’ says Radford. “Together they managed to paddle all 88 miles of the Coal River Water Trail and earned the coveted Coal River Guide vest award. Only 12 paddlers have accomplished this task and won the vest in the past 12 years,” Radford added.

The Coal River Group is a 501c3 non-profit group that has worked for the past 14 years helping to restore the rivers and streams in the 840 miles of the Coal River Watershed. The Group was named Watershed of the Year in 2009 and 2011. The organization annually conducts many river clean ups, student water quality education programs and recreation based events. In June 2016, the Group hosted the 12th annual Tour De Coal event. Over 1,000 Kayak paddlers participated in the 12 mile community float trip.

The Coal River Group is dedicated to “bringing life back to the Coal Rivers.”

Here are the links to two great articles featured in the Charleston Gazette

By Coal River Group | August 6, 2016

Sunday Perspective: Prepare for next emergency by learning from the last

Bill Currey: Eyes on the river to turn these towns around

Flood Relief Fund

By Coal River Group | June 29, 2016
Coal River Group Flood Relief Fund

Coal River Group Flood Relief Fund

Upcoming Events


  • Fall Festival - Oct 20th
  • Waggin Tails Chili Challenge - Nov 5th
  • Christmas Party - Dec 15th

Local River Levels

USGS River Levels
Coal River at Tornado, WV -- Optimal paddling levels for the Little Coal River: 10.20 - 11.50

USGS River Levels
Big Coal River at Ashford, WV -- Optimal Paddling levels for the Big Coal: 1.9 - 5.00 high. (If the level is below 1.9, your boat will drag bottom. Levels above 5ft can be dangerous to non-experienced boaters)

USGS River Levels
Clear Fork of Big Coal at Whitesville, WV

USGS River Levels
Kanawha River at Charleston, WV

River Levels
Danville WV

The Coal River Group is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the protecting, preserving, and promoting the Coal River watershed.

The Coal River Group • PO Box 363 • St. Albans, WV 25177 • coalrivergroup@gmail.com • 304-722-3055

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