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West Fork River (WV)

Trivia powered by Prof. WalterThe West Fork River is a principal tributary of the Monongahela River, 103 miles long, in north-central West Virginia in the United States. Via the Monongahela and Ohio Rivers, it is part of the watershed of the Mississippi River, draining an area of 881 square miles on the unglaciated portion of the Allegheny Plateau.

What do you know about West Fork River (WV)? Explore this Quick US Geography River and Streams Quiz.

1. The river is formed near the a small community in southwestern Upshur County by the confluence of small headwaters tributaries known as Straight Fork and Whites Camp Fork. What is the community where the river begins?

  • Rock Cave
  • Rock Ridge
  • Rock Haven

2. The West Fork has a high gradient and is fast-moving throughout its course.

  • True or False?

3. The West Fork River flows generally northward through Lewis, Harrison and Marion Counties. What is NOT a community along the river?

  • Weston
  • Clarksburg
  • Kingwood

4. Where does the West Fork join the Tygart Valley River to form the Monongahela River?

  • Idamay
  • Bridgeport
  • Fairmont

5. A walking trail parallels the river for 1.2 miles in River Bend City Park in Clarksburg. For much of its length between Clarksburg and Fairmont, the West Fork is paralleled by a pair of rail trails on the route of a mid-19th century line of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. The Harrison County Trail extends northward from Clarksburg, and the West Fork River Trail connects Shinnston to Fairmont. A long-term closure of the connection between the two trails is anticipated, due to the presence of hazardous waste at an industrial site near a community in northern Harrison County. What is the hazardous waste site community?

  • Lumberport
  • Wheeling
  • Spelter

6. It is locally popular for fishing, and is stocked with muskellunge by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

  • True or False?

7. The West Fork River is not navigable by commercial barge traffic; it is classified by the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources as "recreationally navigable" for canoes and similar craft. Three miles south of Weston, the river is dammed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to form a lake. What is the lake?

  • Stonewall Jackson Lake
  • Burnsville Lake
  • Lake Buckhannon

8. During the early history of the United States, the government of Virginia attempted to maintain commercial navigability on the river, chartering a company for that purpose in 1793 and requiring that dams for milling operations provide a chute for boats to pass downstream. Construction of a system of locks, dams, and chutes was begun by the Monongahela Navigation Company in 1817; the project was abandoned following damage by floods. What year did the floods stop the navigation project?

  • 1824
  • 1895
  • 1905

9. The United States Board on Geographic Names settled on "West Fork River" as the stream's name in 1902. According to the Geographic Names Information System, the West Fork River has also been known historically as several names. What is NOT one of the names?

  • Muddy River
  • West Fork of Monongahela River
  • Coal River

10. Jackson's Mill was established along the river north of Weston around the year 1800 by Edward Jackson; his grandson, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson lived there during much of his youth. Since the 1920s, who has operated the site?

  • 4-H facility
  • Future Farmers of America facility
  • Boy and Girl Scout facility

West Fork River (WV) Answers

  1. Rock Cave
  2. False. The West Fork has a low gradient and is slow-moving throughout its course.
  3. Kingwood
  4. Fairmont
  5. Spelter
  6. True
  7. Stonewall Jackson Lake
  8. 1824
  9. Coal River
  10. 4-H facility

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