The Riverboat Cruise In West Virginia You Never Knew Existed

When you think about riverboats, what typically comes to mind is the mighty Mississippi River, and the sternwheel crafts that operate on it. But did you know that WV has its own sternwheel river boat? Located on the broad Ohio River along the western edge of the state, the Island Belle Sternwheeler operates between Point Park in Parkersburg, WV and historic Blennerhassett Island in the middle of the Ohio.

The schedule for Blennerhassett Island from May 4 – June 10 is Tuesday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Sunday, noon until 5:30 p.m. The Blennerhassett Museum opens one hour prior to the first boat departure.

Additional hours of operation for the summer season for the museum, the island, and the Island Belle are posted on The park website. Or call 304-420-4800.

What are some other noteworthy river tours in WV that you know of?