Chamber of Commerce

Ritchie County
Chamber of Commerce
217 West Main Street, P.O. Box 177
Harrisville, WV 26362-0177

Phone: 304.643.2500
Fax: 304.643.2502

Emilee J. Seese, President
Work: 304.643.2717, Ext. 7
Mobile: 304.588.0597
Welcome to our Ritchie County Chamber of Commerce site!! We're so glad you came!!

We have a lot going on in Ritchie County and are proud of it. Take a look at some of our upcoming events shown here or click through our pages to discover Ritchie County.

We may be contacted at the following:
What's going on Ritchie County...
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North Bend State Park
    August Favorite Quest
Pick from Ken Z's or Kathy M's Favorites
Bridal Open House
Sunday, August 21, 2016
~ North Bend State Park
A bridal open house welcomes brides to be, friends and families to discover why North Bend State Park is a perfect setting for weddings, receptions, honeymoon and anniversaries. The event is from 1-3 pm at North Bend Lodge.

Meet with Kristi Steed, Event Coordinator, at the North Bend Lodge and learn about how your wedding, reception, shower, luncheon, or out of town guest lodging can happen at North Bend. With hundreds of weddings coordinated under her belt Kristi can sit down with you for a free chat about your dream day and how North Bend State Park can make that dream come true.

Photos of past weddings along with menus, prices and planning tips are part of the event. Snacks and samples. Area businesses that support wedding planning and arrangements will be greeting brides to be.

Lodge room and cabin tours are also planned.
Contact Kristi Steed at 304.643.2931
Becoming an Outdoors Woman
Friday-Sunday, August 26-28, 2016
~ North Bend State Park
Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) organizes hands-on, outdoor activities for women 18 years of age or older and of all fitness levels. BOW is a nationally recognized program and it originally began in 1991, offered through the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

BOW weekend workshops introduce women to a variety of workshops, classes, and programmed activities hosted in a non-competitive atmosphere with patience, encouragement and support from instructors, DNR staff and participants. The experience encourages fellowship and engagement in outdoor enjoyment and lifelong pursuits.

BOW - Quest is an exciting blend of outdoor interests and experiences and a modification of the traditional BOW program held in April. As more of a beginning BOW, this weekend includes some of the most popular responses on an Outdoor Woman survey: Survival Skills, Canning, Basic Fishing, Bird Watching, Kayaking, Hiking, and Map and Compass use.

In addition to evening and short sessions, group gatherings and planned meals, and some BOW swag, BOW-Quest includes three classes’ with hands on learning, with guides/mentors, and instruction. Classes are 3 or 4 hour sessions. Attendees will select class choices at registration at North Bend State Park.

BOW-Quest Classes and Activities include Birdwatching, Campfire, Canning, Free Time, Fresh Water Mussels, Introduction to Kayaking and Getting Out on the Lake, Lake Fishing, Meals, Moth Watch, Nature Center, Navigation with Map and Compass/GPS, Photo Board, Special Guests, Survival Skills, BOW-Quest Swag, Trail Biking, Water Safety and Yoga.

Registration opens at 4-6 p.m. however, to attend this BOW-Quest, advanced registration is required and includes weekend room rental (two nights at North Bend Lodge), five BOW-Quest full meals at North Bend Dining Room, taxes and gratuities, attending three classes/instruction, BOW swag (aka goodies), door prizes, snacks, Ice Cream Social and Evening Activities/Entertainment. Quest Welcome is at 6 p.m. with dinner starting at 6:30 p.m.

Registration and payment to attend BOW-Quest is taken by North Bend State Park by calling 304-643-2931, extension ‘0’. Credit cards are accepted. Confirmations are emailed upon payment. Advanced reservations are required for the weekend in order to prepare.
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Ken Z’s Spend the night in the wild at North Bend State Park.

Intro to backcountry camping for two including:

~Hike to your backcountry camp site located in a remote area of North Bend State Park
Wings of Wonder - Birds of Prey
Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016
~ 7:30 pm
~ North Bend State Park
Three Rivers Avian Center will visit North Bend State Park Saturday, Aug. 13, at 7:30 pm.

Get an up close look at live raptors and birds of prey at the Lodge Conference Room.
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Kathy M’s Two hour kayaking excursion designed to introduce and improve basic flat water skills.

Kayaking basics for two including:
Come to this impressive, educational program to learn about habitats, diets and behaviors of several birds of prey native to West Virginia, including owls, hawks and eagles!

You'll also learn about the most common causes of injury to each species and the laws protecting these special birds.

No fee to attend. Open to the public.
Contact: 304-643-2931 or 1.800.CALL.WVA.
~Backcountry camp for the night

~Includes a backcountry camping dinner and breakfast

~Demo of backcountry camping skills

~Learn and use principles of Leave No Trace

~All gear provided, just bring your boots!

Just $175.00 for two people including taxes and fees. Available the month of August 2016.
~Learn about the gear, balance, basic paddle stokes, and safety while paddling on the North Bend Lake

~The North Bend Lake is tranquil and brimming with wildlife, birds, and aquatic wonders.

~Includes one night of lodging for two, kayak rentals, taxes and fees.

Just $175.00 for two people including taxes and fees. Available the month of August 2016.