Our Mission

The purpose of the Upper Monongahela River Association (UMRA) is to promote general development of the area encompassed by the drainage basin for the Upper Monongahela River, primarily in West Virginia. UMRA promotes opportunities for river recreation to people of all ages.

About the UMRA Logo

The Monongahela River is the only navigable (capable of commercial traffic) river in the continental United States that flows north. Thus, the arrow points north. At the bottom of the arrow, the Mon is formed by the junction of the West Fork and Tygart rivers, just north of Fairmont WV. The Mon flows 128 miles north to (arrow tip) join the Allegheny River at the Point in Pittsburgh PA, to form the Ohio River. The horizontal line is the WV/PA border, the Mason-Dixon line. The river in the logo is colored dark, from Fairmont to Fredericktown PA and the Maxwell lock and dam, at the midpoint (64 miles) of the Mon. That is the Upper Mon. Our Upper Monongahela River Association charter covers only the Mon drainage basin in West Virginia. The lower Mon is from Fredericktown to Pittsburgh. 


Founded 1999 as Upper Monongahela Committee for Better Boating. Incorporated 2002 as Upper Monongahela River Association, nonprofit 501(c)6 corporation. Primary concerns are economic development and quality of life issues related to the environment and recreational opportunities. Activities directed towards this purpose include Recreational boating activities, Development of river-based facilities, eg, campsites, marinas, shore-side restaurants, etc., by government, commercial, and recreational organizations and entities, in support of recreation in the Upper Mon region, development of river-based commerce, working with government, business, recreational, environmental, and civic organizations on behalf of UMRA goals, Congressional passage of legislation that adds boating recreation to the waterways mandates of the US Army Corps of Engineers (COE), Ensuring that COE has sufficient funds to operate the locks on the Upper Monongahela, and other rivers, on schedules that fully facilitate river commerce and recreation, and, that COE has sufficient funds to maintain these locks.

DOH Grant Kiosk & Signs

With the help of a DOH grant and collaboration with MAP and MRTC volunteers, UMRA produced an updated Upper Monongahela...

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Morgantown Area Paddlers

MAP is a flat-water paddling group focused on promot- ing and developing social, relaxed kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding in...

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2024 Lock Schedule

West Virginia Fishing Tournaments Dates and locations of major organized fishing tournaments on West Virginia lakes and rivers can be...

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Mon River Trails Conservancy

The Mon River and Deckers Creek Rail- Trails comprise a 48-mile trail network inspiring outdoor adventure, commuting, healthy lifestyles, and...

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