TCDA to host Giants of the Tygart! trout stocking event

TAYLOR COUNTY—Taylor County is an area rich in scenic beauty and plenty of outdoor activities. To try and promote all that the county has to offer, the Taylor County Development Authority, Inc. (TCDA) will be hosting a special event, for the whole family.

Grab your finishing poles and make your way to the Tygart River access point across from Grafton High School for a chance to reel in one of the giants of the Tygart, as the TCDA hosts a fish stocking event, Giants of the Tygart!

“Taylor County’s beautiful outdoor opportunities and our volunteers are our greatest assets,” said TCDA President Karen Temple. “And we are excited to welcome you to this outdoor tourism and economic development event.”

According to Temple, after being visited by Jeremy Bolyard, TCDA Giants of the Tygart! Chairman, both the Taylor County Commission and the Grafton City Council generously pledged $5,000 each to add even more fish to the local waters.

“We were thrilled that they were willing to help us out with this special event,” Temple voiced. “And we are thankful to Jeremy, who is coordinating all aspects of the trout stockings.”

Join the TCDA on Friday, April 22 from 9:00 a.m. until noon for a morning of fun and fishing, during their Giants of the Tygart! event. Throughout the day, they will be hosting individuals who are ready to welcome guests for fishing; fun, family-friendly games; tips and tricks to ensure water safety; and the providing of educational materials.

“But the main event happens at 10:00 a.m., when large trout from a certified hatchery will be stocked in the Tygart River near Grafton High School,” Temple revealed. “So, get your poles and tackle boxes ready for some grade A fishing!”

During the event, the TCDA will be joined by representatives from Tygart Lake State Park, the Tygart Lake State Park Foundation, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Taylor County Boy Scout Troop 6, the Taylor County EMS and the Department of Environmental Protection Youth Environmental Program, along with others.

“Delegate Amy Summers will also be on hand to give an update on river access at the old West Virginia State Road site,” Temple noted.

She revealed that the final goal of the event is to stock fish at two sites, to not only help increase tourism but to promote outdoor sports, while involving youths in a fun community activity.

“There are plenty of monster trout being stocked throughout the county in the Tygart River, as well as Three Forks Creek. So, get out in the beautiful surroundings of Taylor County and get ready to fish,” imparted Temple.

Formed in 2015, the Taylor County Development Authority, Inc. (TCDA) set its sights on turning the area into a thriving county once more. 

With a goal of promoting and enhancing the quality of life in Taylor County, the TCDA works to support existing business, while creating opportunity for new businesses to grow.

“Our goal is to attract, increase and retain businesses and support long-term growth for Taylor County,” TCDA Executive Director Patricia Henderson explained. “It is important to us that the residents of the county know that we are here, we are available to help and to be a liaison whenever possible.”

The Development Authority invites residents and community members to join them at their meetings, which are open to the public. The Authority meets quarterly, in the Taylor County Courthouse.

For more information on the Development Authority, please contact Henderson at the email provided above, by visiting Taylor County Development Authority, Inc on Facebook or by logging onto



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