Rapidan River (Trout Section)
Forming along the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this pristine native brook trout stream was the first fish-for-fun fisheries created in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and is recognized as one of the State's premier native trout resources. Trout habitat in the Rapidan is limited to the Shenandoah National Park and the VDGIF's Rapidan Wildlife Management Area. The fish-for-fun portion includes tributaries upstream of the lower Park boundary, most notably the Staunton River.
Brook trout populations have begun to rebound since the unprecedented floods of 1995, and fishing is excellent throughout most of the drainage. However, the section of stream near the lower park boundary has the lowest densities of trout.