A second trip would begin at the park and continue downstream to Lower Falls for six miles where paddlers could be picked up and brought back to the center. A 12-mile trip goes from Meadowood Park and follows the river to Gateway Shopping Center in St. Albans where paddlers would be picked up.
Rates are $35 a day for a single or $65 for a tandem kayak that could accommodate two adults and a child.
"As part of our business venture we are securing college students who have to do internships," he said. "We will have two to four interns help us operate the business."
These would be students majoring in things like parks and recreation or natural resources, he said.
The park has an eight-acre lake that was recently restored and that could be used to teach beginners to paddle, he said. Beginning in June, boats are to be rented for $10 an hour for those who want to learn to paddle on the lake.
More experienced boaters can simply rent a kayak or canoe and choose their own routes.
Currey recommends making reservations to ensure a boat rental.
Meanwhile, plans are in the works for the ninth annual Tour de Coal family paddle event. Last year's event attracted about 400 boats and 600 paddlers. This year's event is set for June 22. A $20 donation includes a T-shirt. The event begins 9 a.m. and the 12-mile trip lasts four to five hours as paddlers go from Tornado to St. Albans. Rent a boat or bring your own. Call for reservations.
For more information, go to coalrivergroup.com, www.coalriverkayak.com, or call 304-722-3055.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.