Dan River - Maps & Access

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The upper Dan lends itself to the wading angler, but the public access on the lower Dan River is generally best for those using johnboat and small motors. There are, however, two one-day float trips the canoeist can easily make - the first from Danville to Milton, and the second from South Boston to Aarons Creek.

Talbott Dam Map

A ramp from hand-carried boats off Rt. 601 provides access to the lake created by this dam. Anglers can also hike below the dam to upper end of the six-mile stretch of special regulation stream with a 16-inch minimum, limit two fish per day. Fishing includes brook, brown and rainbow trout.

Townes Reservoir Map

The reservoir is reached via Rt. 602, where a ramp for hand-carried boats allows the angler downstream access to the "Grand Canyon" of Virginia, a six-mile stretch of rugged and spectacular scenery and fishing for naturally reproducing brown and rainbow trout. An angler can reach the mouth of the stream by crossing the lake in a boat or canoe. Or if he prefers he can fish the lake itself. Both the stream and the lake offer exciting angling possibilities.

Abreu-Grogan Park (Schoolfield Dam area)Map

This ramp on the South side of the river is located just upstream from Schoolfield Dam and the Park Ave. bridge. It can be reached from Bus. Rt. 29. This access allows anglers with a boat and motor to run upstream, but downstream floats are blocked by a series of dams (including the one immediately below the ramp). There are also bank fishing opportunities. Fish species available to anglers at this site include black bass, sunfish, and catfish. Striped bass migrating from Kerr Reservoir cannot reach this location, due to the presence of downstream dams.

Danville Map

The landing is reached by taking U.S. 58 east out of Danville and keeping eye out for River Point Road which is marked by a blue Water Pollution Control Plant sign. At the end of River Point Road, turn left and follow the blue signs. When you reach the river, the plant will be on your right, but turn left and you will see the access point just ahead. There will probably be some empty boat trailers in the parking lot. From this point downstream to Milton, the canoeist has a day float of 12 miles, and anglers will find this stretch productive for white bass, and white perch in early spring, followed by the striped bass run.

Milton, NCMap

Downstream from the Danville landing is a public access launching ramp owned by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission which is open to Virginia anglers. The ramp is approximately four miles from U.S. 58 at the Rt. 62 bridge crossing. You can tell by the number of vehicles parked at the landing whether the white bass are running. This is the takeout point for the canoeist making the Danville to Milton, North Carolina trip.

South Boston Map

Hyco River empties into the Dan River about 12 miles downstream from South Boston. This VDGIF landing is easily accessible from Rt. 58. You can fish Hyco River for bass, crappie, white bass and sunfish.

Aarons CreekMap

This landing, maintained by the U.S. Corps of Engineers, is located just downstream from Hyco and is easily accessible from Rt. 58. The canoeist floating from South Boston should hug the right bank and paddle past the confluence of the Dan and Hyco Rivers. Keep your eyes out for a bend in river to the left. At that point you'll see a wide grassy landing field on the bank and a rock wall on your right. Paddle up Aarons Creek to the right, and if you will find it in a mile or so on the left.

Staunton River State ParkMap

The state park maintains two launching ramps which are accessed from Rt. 344. One is located on the north side of the Dan River and the other is located at the confluence with the Roanoke River.