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Lakes and Rivers

John Flannagan Dam and Reservoir

john_flan_dam.jpgVirginia Corps Projects
Rt. 1 Box 268
Haysi, VA 24256
(276) 835-9544

1,145 acre man made lake located in Dickenson County, Virginia.

Breaks Interstate Park


627 Commission Circle
Breaks, VA 24607
(276) 865-4413

Grand Canyon of the South located in Haysi, VA - Map

Fishtrap Lake State Park

fishtrap_marina05.jpg2204 Fishtrap Road
Pikeville, KY 41501
(606) 437-7496

A man-made lake, Fishtrap Lake was created to help control flooding along the Ohio and Big Sandy Rivers

Laurel Bed Lake


VDGIF, Marion Regional Office at (276) 783-4860, or the Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area Office at (276) 944-3434.

Laurel Bed is a Department-owned lake located in Russell County on the Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area.

Hidden Valley Lake


(Washington County, VA) To get to Hidden Valley Lake, take Route 19 and Alternate 58 (north from Abingdon or south from Hansonville), and then follow Route 690 to the lake.

This 61-acre Department-owned impoundment is in the Hidden Valley Wildlife Management Area in Washington County.

Hungry Mother State Park


2854 Park Blvd.
Marion, VA 24354
(276) 781-7400

Hungry Mother State Park in southwestern Virginia is noted for its woodlands and lake.

South Holston Lake


South Holston Lake is on the South Fork Holston River and is surrounded by Sullivan County in Tennessee and Washington County in Virginia.

For general information, questions, or comments email: South

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park

jw_lodgeext.jpg419 Jenny Wiley Dr.
Prestonsburg, KY
(606) 886-2711

The Park offers something for everyone. With 1,100-acre Dewey Lake, the park is a water lovers's paradise.

The Nolichucky River

The Nolichucky, widing through both North Carolina and Tennessee, offers a variety of whitewater rapids that cut their way through a beautiful 3000' gorge.

For Tennessee whitewater rafting we offer the Lower Nolichucky, Watauga, and Holston River

The Russell Fork River

Locality:  Dickenson County
Rt. 1 Box 268
Haysi, VA 24256
Telephone (276) 835-9544

A tributary of the Big Sandy River, the Russell Fork River is a scenic series of rapids, pools and tortuous twists.  World class whitewater rafting opportunities are available on the river running through the Breaks Canyon (Breaks Interstate Park) below the John Flannagan Dam four weekends in October when released from the dam create raftable water, Kayakers or rafters will enjoy this intense river.  (Russell Fork Whitewater Adventures, Route 80, Big Rock, VA 24603, (276) 530-7044 or 530-7243).

Levisa River

THe Levisa Fork (also known as the Levisa Fork River or the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River) is a tributary of the Big Sandy River, approximately 140 mi (225 km) long, in southwestern Virginia and eastern Kentucky in the United States.

It rises in the Appalachian Mountains of southwestern Virginia, in the eastern Buchanan County, near Grundy.  It flows west into Pike County, Kentucky, where it receives the Russell Fork River and is impunded to form Fishtrap Lake reservoir, then northwest past Pikeville and Prestonsburg, Kentucky.

New River, Narrows, VA

The magnificent New River glides along and through Giles County for 37 beautiful miles.  Grab your fly rod, hiking boots, kayak paddle, running shoes and mountain bike.

(540) 921-2525

West Virginia Lakes


Bluestone Lake
Bluestone is probably one of the most well known lakes in the entire Mountain State.  Easy to get to from I-77 or I-64, Bluestone has boating, fishing, camping, and all the other stuff you’d look for in a lake vacation.  Start at Hinton, one of the most historic of America’s railroad towns.

Summersville Lake
Right above the world famous Gauley River is the pristine Summersville Lake.  Sometimes called the “Little Bahamas of the East” by divers, Summersville is probably the best place on the list to chill out a little.  There’s a nice beach there, too, if you’ve got the desire to hit the water, but don’t have a boat.

Lake Stephens
If you’re close to Beckley and looking to add a little play to your work, do not miss an opportunity to go to Lake Stephens.  It’s only nine miles away, and sits right in the middle of almost 2000 acres of hardwood forest.  Lake Stephens is the site of several fishing tournaments throughout the season- and there’s a good reason for that.

RD Bailey Lake
On the good side of the West Virginia, Kentucky, and Virginia tri-state, RD Bailey Lake is a beautiful mountain reservoir next to the town of Justice, WV.  Right on the Guyandotte river, RD Bailey is remote and folded within the steep mountains of Wyoming County.  If you’re wanting to really get away, game on.

Plum Orchard Lake
It’s actually Plum Orchard Wildlife Management Area, but what it can really be described as is secret.  Most people bypass Plum Orchard Lake on the West Virginia Turnpike, missing this small gem just outside of Scarbro.  There are three boat launches for easy access, and you’ll find plenty of room out on the water, too.