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Rivers & Creeks

Looking for some moving water? The topography of the Blue Ridge Mountains has helped form the best fishing, kayaking, and canoeing rivers in Virginia.
Try playing on the rivers and creeks throughout the Roanoke Region.

Barbours Creek is a stocked trout stream. At high water levels it becomes a Class III stream. It is located near The Pines campground in Craig County.

Upper Blackwater Blueway is 35+ mile section with many paddling possibilities.

Bottom Creek is a solid Class V+ steep creek with mandatory portages. It is highly recommended that your first run be with someone who knows the river well. Send us an email and we'll put you in touch with some local paddlers.

Bullpasture Riveris a classic Class III+ creek located in Alleghany Highlands (feeds into the Cowpasture)

Catawba Creek is located in Botetourt County and at high water becomes a Class II-III run.

Cowpasture River is a tributary of the James River running through Alleghany and Botetourt Counties.

Craig Creek is popular for kayaking, rafting, and paddling in Class I-II waters.

Dunlap Creek features Class II-IV waters in Alleghany County.

Jackson River is a great boating and fishing destination in Alleghany County.

James River is a popular river for boating, canoeing, and kayaking. The largest drainage river in Virginia offers Class I to Class III+ rapids. For more information on planning your trip visit the Upper James River Water Trail website.

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Jennings Creek is a stocked trout stream. At higher levels it becomes a great Class II-III run.

Little River offers Class I-III+ depending on water levels.

Little Stony Creek begins at the Cascade Falls trailhead and feeds into the New River. This stocked trout stream becomes a Class V+ creek at high water.

Little Walker Creek is a scenic Class I-II float that is near the New River.

Maury River is 37 miles of paddling and fishing fun. This Class I-IV river is best run April through June and at higher water levels.

New River is a great fishing, tubing, canoeing and kayaking spot featuring Class I to Class III+ water:

North Creek is a great fishing stream. At higher levels it is a great Class II-IV creek run.

Pigg River Blueway is a relaxing float in Franklin County. This Class I water is great for a nice fishing float or a leisure canoe trip with the family.

Potts Creek offers tremendous fishing at low water levels and at higher levels it provides great Class II-III+ whitewater.

Roanoke River has great fishing, canoeing, and kayaking sections. Visit the Roanoke River Blueway project to learn more, as well as any of the below sections:

Roaring Run is great trout stream with a natural water slide at lower levels. At higher levels it becomes a Class V+ creek. Access is via the Roaring Run trail.

Smith River has strong and challenging waters, especially when water is released from the dam.

Stony Creek is a stocked trout stream that feeds into the New River near Pearisburg. At high water levels it is a classic Class III-V creek.

Walker Creek feeds into the New River in Pearisburg. It is a Class I-II run.

Wilson Creek is a Class I-II section that begins at the Douthat Lake dam backtotopinside Douthat State Park.

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