LOGAN, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will be leading 10 guided tours of the state’s elk reintroduction site in Logan County in October. Public tours will start at Chief Logan Lodge and include a visit to the Tomblin Wildlife Management Area, where elk from Kentucky and Arizona were released in 2016 and 2018.
West Virginia’s last native elk was seen in Webster County in 1875. About 90 free-roaming elk make up the growing herd. The tour is four hours and includes a program about the elk, their habits, habitat, and the challenges and future of elk management, led by Chief Logan State Park naturalist and biologist Lauren Cole.
“There is a good chance tourists will see an elk or even hear a bull bugle,” said DNR Director Stephen McDaniel. “But even if they don’t, these tours are still something you don’t want to miss. The program is fun and informative, and the location and terrain of southern West Virginia is amazing.”
Morning or evening tours are offered at 5:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Advance registration is required and participation is limited to 13. The tour costs $30 for adults and $27 for kids 15 and younger. Tickets include breakfast or late lunch, the educational program, transportation and a tour souvenir. An overnight package is available at Chief Logan Lodge for $170 (double occupancy) and includes tour tickets and dinner for two.
Ticket dates and times are not transferable for other dates. Program and tour is rain or shine. Participants must wear sturdy closed-toe shoes or boots and long pants. Participants may want to wear a light jacket and bring a walking stick and binoculars.
For reservations, call Chief Logan Lodge at 304-855-6100. For ticket and tour questions, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Chief Logan Lodge is near Chief Logan State Park in Logan County. The facility features a 75-room lodge, restaurant and conference center.
Scheduled dates and times for the 2018 Elk Management Project Tour programs are:
Saturday, Oct. 6 — Morning
Saturday, Oct. 6 — Evening
Sunday, Oct. 7 — Morning
Thursday, Oct. 11 — Evening
Saturday, Oct. 13 — Morning
Saturday, Oct. 13 — Evening
Sunday, Oct. 14 — Morning
Saturday, Oct. 20 — Morning
Saturday, Oct. 20 — Evening
Sunday, Oct. 21 — Morning