Simple Pleasures in Ritchie County
The North Bend Golf Course has long been deemed as one of the best kept secrets among small, public golf courses in the region. A challenging course of 9 holes, it also offers a club house with food and pro-shop.
Ritchie County rightly claims to be a "Hunter's Dream". Over 3,000 acres of public hunting area provide opportunities for hunting whitetail deer, turkey, ruffled grouse, squirrel, and rabbit. Sand Hill Wildlife Management Area is a 967-acre tract at the counties western edge, bisected by US Route 50.
The Hughes River Wildlife Management Area is a 10,000 acre tract of wooded hunting area of which 500 acres is within Ritchie County (near Petroleum). The Ritchie Mines Wildlife Management Area is 1,800 acres, accessible from County Road 17/4 (Mellin Ridge Road) or Route 47 Macfarlan.
North Bend Golf Course
The Hughes River is a small stream that drains most of the county and has numerous fishable branches and tributaries. Many of these provide excellent opportunities for fishing for bass, muskie, and other game fish. The Hughes River Lake, a part of North Bend State Park, offers over 300 acres of fishable water.
Tracy Lake is an 11-acre water impoundment, 3 miles northwest of Pennsboro, stocked each January and March with trout. The Pennsboro Reservoir is a 9-acre water impoundment 1.5 miles east of Pennsboro, off Old US Route 50, on route 50/24. It is stocked with trout in January and March. Other game fish found here and elsewhere include tiger muskie, blue gill, large mouth bass, and catfish. Only electric motors are allowed on both of these bodies of water.
Hiking, biking, camping, horseback riding, and horse drawn wagon rides compliment fishing and seasonal hunting as some of the great outdoor activities in the area.
Fishing on North Bend State Park Lake.
Bird watching at North Bend State Park.
Fishing on North Bend State Park boat ramp.
Tracy Lake Shooting Range, Pennsboro.
PUBLIC HUNTING LANDS
Hughes River Wildlife Management Area.
10,000 acres (500 are in Ritchie County)
Ritchie Mines Wildlife Management Area - 1,800 acres
Sand Hill Wildlife Management Area - 967 acres
PUBLIC FISHING AREAS*
North Bend Lake - 305 acres
Pennsboro Reservoir - 9 acres
Tracy Lake - 11 acres
*Hunting is not permitted in these areas.
For rules and regulations, wvdnr.gov.