A tributary of the Big Sandy River, the Russell Fork River is a scenic series of rapids, pools, and tortuous twists. World-class whitewater rafting opportunities are available on the river running through the Breaks Canyon (Breaks Interstate Park) below the John Flannagan Dam during weekends in October when released from the dam create raftable water. Whitewater rating; Class III-V+, depending on the stretch of river. Ability exists to run easier rapids or harder rapids without running the other. Kayakers or rafters will enjoy this intense river.
For a peaceful leisure stroll along the banks of the Russell Fork, stop at Haysi and take their beautifully scenic river walk.
It’s also a favorite of fisherman with great opportunities for smallmouth bass and is included in the state’s put and take trout stocking program. Trout is stocked 3-8 times per year.