Cooling Off in the New River

As temperatures climb toward triple figures off the mountain, the New River becomes increasingly inviting.  Cool water welcome visitors with a variety of options.

canoes and kayaks navigate the New River Canoes and kayaks navigate the New River

Clear, low water levels make for outstanding Smallmouth bass fishing.  Access for wading can be found at New River State Park and Farmers Fishcamp Road.  Wading anglers are encouraged to wear Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) as water depths can vary greatly.  North Carolina and Virginia have a reciprocal license agreement for the stretch of river from the confluence of the North and South Forks downstream to the confluence of the New and Little River.  This allows anglers with a license from either state to fish this section of river.

Special bass regulations apply to this portion of the river.  There is no minimum size limit and no bass between 14 and 20 inches may be possessed.

A angler tries his luck near the bridge on Farmers Fish A angler tries his luck near the bridge on Farmers Fish

Canoeing, kayaking and tubing offer a sure way to cool off on hot days.  Rentals are available at River Camp USA and New River Campground.  Both offer shuttle service for boaters.  They can tailor trips around skill levels and time restraints.  PFDs are required on canoes and kayaks.  Young boaters under age 13 must wear a properly sized PFDs while afloat.

IMG_3349 Canoes and kayaks await boaters at River Camp USA – Piney Creek, NC


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