Staunton River - Maps & Access
Leesville Landing Map
Leesville Landing is located at the end of Route 754 US 29 near Motley in Pittsylvania County.
Access is provided to Leesville Reservoir at the dam. However, no access is available to the dam tailwater area.
Fishery resources include year-round angling for walleye, striped bass, white bass, largemouth bass, various catfish species, and Roanoke bass (a larger cousin of the rock bass).
Be aware of widely fluctuating water levels, abundant logs and other floating debris in the lake. Boaters are urged to dress appropriately for the weather and carry emergency supplies.
Leesville Fishing Area Map
The Leesville Fishing Area is located on the north side of the river below Leesville dam and is reached by taking Route 630 from HW 43 and following to the end of Route 718.
The Leesville Fishing Area provides access for bank fishing only within the tailwater of Leesville Dam. Fishing is restricted to the walkway behind safety railings. No wade fishing or boat and canoe launching is permitted.
Fishing opportunities include seasonal spawning runs of walleye, striped bass, and white bass. Some walleye apparently hold in the tailwater year-round. Catfish, including larger flathead catfish, can be caught in the tailwater pool from the spring through fall.
Anglers are advised to adhere to all rules as posted at the parking area. Rapidly rising water levels require special attention. Respond to all warning sirens by moving to higher ground until water levels stabilize.
Long Island to Brookneal Map
This trip covers all 11 miles of the designated state scenic river segment of Staunton River.
Launch on north side of river at the DGIF Long Island ramp off Route 761, reached by taking Route 633 approximately 1.5 miles north of Brookneal on US 501. Take out at DGIF ramp located off US 501 at Brookneal.
This ramp provides access for canoes and motorboats. Riffles both above and below the Long Island ramp limit motorboats to 1.5 miles of navigable rivers.
Fishery resources include seasonal runs of walleye, striped bass, white bass, and suckers. Catfish can be found in deeper holes. Smallmouth bass and Roanoke bass are common in this section, particularly around riffles and other rocky habitat.
This stretch of river includes difficult rapids (Classes II and III) that should not be attempted by novice canoeists.
Brookneal to Watkins Bridge Map
This is a particularly long float for canoes and should be planned as an overnight trip. Of course, landowner permission must be obtained prior to camping on private land along the river.
Launch at DGIF ramp located off US 501 at Brookneal and take out at Watkins Bridge (Rt. 746) north of Clover. An alternate takeout point for canoes is located at Clarkston bridge (Rt. 620) some 7 miles downstream of Brookneal; however, no ramp is provided and boaters must carry canoes out along the highway right-of-way.
From the Brookneal ramp, motorboats have nearly 38 miles of navigable river available. Flat water with a mild current during normal summer flows make for pleasant canoeing.
Seasonal spawning runs of walleye, striped bass, white bass, and suckers can be expected in this stretch. Flathead catfish and other catfish species are common as well. Kentucky spotted bass and Roanoke bass are occasionally caught by anglers.
Sandbars alternately protrude into the channel and could be a hazard to motorboat operators. Boaters should pack emergency supplies when boating on this section of the Staunton River in the event of capsizing.
Watkins Bridge to US 360 Map
Launch from DGIF ramp at Watkins Bridge (Rt. 746) north of Clover. Take out at DGIF ramp adjacent to US 360 E.
Access is provided for canoes and motorboats. Nearly 38 miles of navigable river are available for motorboats. Mellow current at normal summer flows can be expected.
Seasonal spawning runs of walleye, striped bass, white bass, and suckers pass through this stretch. Various catfish species occur here and occasional catches of Kentucky spotted bass and Roanoke bass are reported.
Boaters should be cautious of alternately situated sandbars and a minor riffle located downstream from the HW 92 bridge.
US 360 to State Park Ramp Map
This section of the Staunton River should be planned as an overnight trip for canoeists. Landowner permission must be obtained prior to camping on private land along with river.
Launch from DGIF ramp off US 360E. Take out at Staunton River State Park ramp at the end of HW 344 off US 360.
The river is accessible to both canoes and motorboats. Thirteen navigable miles of river are available. Slow, flat water characterizes this stretch. Up to 4.5 miles of still water must be crossed where the river meets the lake to reach the state park ramp.
Seasonal fishing for migrating walleye, suckers, striped bass, and white bass occurs here. Catfish, gar, largemouth bass, and crappie also offer angling action. Waterfowl, wading birds, and raptors (osprey and bald eagles) are abundant amongst the many islands at the confluence with the lake.
Sandbars and sand shoals are potential navigation hazards to motorboat operators. Boaters may become disoriented by the multiple channels at the river delta.
Staunton River State Park Map
Launch at Staunton River State Park ramp at the end of HW 344 off US 360.
Access for canoes and motorboats is provided to John H. Kerr Reservoir and the Staunton River delta.
Spawning runs of walleye, suckers, striped bass, and white bass pass through this area seasonally. Catfish, largemouth bass, and crappie are attractive angling prospects. Bow hunting for carp and gar is productive in the river delta.
Strong, easterly winds can generate hazardous wave conditions for boaters. Braided channels within the river delta can be disorienting. Sand shoals are abundant upstream of the ramp and may be a navigational hazard to motorboat operators.
Public Boating Access at Staunton River
|County/City||Access Area||Barrier Free||Type||Ramps||Latitude||Longitude||Map|
|Campbell||Alta Vista||Yes||Concrete Ramp||2||37° 6' 20" N
|79° 17' 11" W
Directions: From the Town of Altavista take Route 688 south to Riverside Park
|Campbell||Brookneal||No||Concrete Ramp||1||37° 2' 18" N
|78° 56' 38" W
Directions: Town of Brookneal off Rt 40 & 501 South
|Campbell||Long Island||Yes||Concrete Ramp||1||37° 4' 30" N
|79° 5' 54" W
Directions: Town of Long Island off Rt 761
|Charlotte||Clarkton Bridge||No||Concrete Ramp||1||36° 58' 41" N
|78° 53' 48" W
Directions: From Rt40 at Womacks , S on Rt 649 to W. on Rt 619 at Harrisburg to S. Rt 620 to River
|Halifax||Clover||No||Concrete Ramp||1||36° 49' 36" N
|78° 41' 15" W
Directions: From Clover, Rt 360 East (3.5)
|Halifax||Watkins Bridge||No||Concrete Ramp||1||36° 54' 55" N
|78° 44' 28" W
Directions: From Clover, Rt 746 North (8.5)
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