Blueways

Southern Virginia Wild BluewayIf you're into outdoor adventures on the water, you're at the right place!

Paddling, water skiing, boating, and fishing abound in our community, plus great campgrounds and hiking trails let you enjoy the outdoors even more.

Download Itineraries: Halifax County Gone Fishin' Itinerary    Halifax County Water Adventure Itinerary

Get to know our waters:

Buggs Island Lake at Staunton River State ParkBuggs Island Lake (Kerr ReseRvoir, Dan River, and Staunton River)

This area is truly a fisherman's paradise and offers a diverse fishing experience.  During the striper spawning season both rivers produce a fishing marathon in both quantity and size. 

Staunton River State Park in Halifax County offers access to the lake and to both rivers.  Large blue, flathead and channel catfish make this a favorite of local and tournament fisherman.  The lake and rivers also provide excellent large mouth bass, white bass, crappie, sunfish, and striper fishing year round.

Staunton River State Park also offers many other activities for the entire family: hiking, biking, horseback riding, picnicking, wildlife activities, star gazing, and camping.

Access Points:

A concrete ramp, boating, and parking facilities are located in Staunton State Park on the Halifax County side of the rivers (state park fees apply).  Dan River can also be accessed via a concrete ramp in the town of South Boston at the end of Maple Street.

paddlers at the Rock House on Banister RiverBanister Lake and Banister River

Banister Lake, a small reservoir formed by the Banister River dam located on the East side of Highway 501, has a maximum depth of 30+ feet at the dam.  The old river channel depth ranges from 6 to 13 feet on at mean water levels.  Probably one of the best kept Virginia fishing secrets, Banister offers a plentiful supply of large mouth bass, sunfish, crappie, and catfish.  Five to nine pound large mouth bass aren't unusual.  Banister River (below the dam) offers the opportunity to fight twelve to fifteen pound stripers in fast-running water during late April to mid May.

Keep an eye out for wildlife while on the river: beaver, river otter, bald eagles, osprey, great blue herons, and various hawks.

Access Points:

Banister Lake can be accessed via a concrete boat ramp on Rt 501 North of Halifax.  Bank fishing is also possible from a short pier at the ramp and from under the Rt 501.

Lake Conner

100-acre Lake Conner is owned and managed by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries; it offers anglers great fishing opportunities in a picturesque, wooded setting and is best known for holding the state record largemouth bass (16 pounds, 4 ounces) since 1985.  Anglers fishing Lake Conner catch largemouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish, chain pickerel, yellow perch, and bullhead catfish. A "trophy slot limit" of 16-22 inches on largemouth bass helps maintain citation-sized bass in the lake. Expert anglers pursuing trophy bass will be challenged at Lake Conner, but the lake is also well suited for beginning anglers.

The longest-standing freshwater game fish Virginia state record was set in Lake Conner, when Richard Tate landed a 16lb. 4oz. largemouth bass. This is particularly amazing because the largemouth bass is our mose sought-after game fish.

Access Points:

Lake Conner is located approximately 20 miles north of South Boston, Virginia. From U.S. 360, take Route 746. Turn left on Route 603, then right on Route 619, then right on Route 623 to Route 624.  Concrete ramp

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