South River

ALERT (updated May 28, 2016):

DGIF has received reports of numerous trees in the water, between Waynesboro and Grottes, creating a hazard for boaters. Please be alert and cautious.

There are actually two South Rivers that originate in Augusta County. One begins as St. Marys River and flows south into the Maury River, but the one featured on this webpage starts near the village of Greenville and flows 50 miles north and joins the North River to form the South Fork Shenandoah River. Upstream of Waynesboro, South River can be characterized as a small, low-gradient, meandering stream. As it approaches Waynesboro, large springs begin to cool the river and increase its flow. Trout Unlimited, DGIF, and private landowners are in the process of developing a special regulation area for trout in the Lyndhurst area. As the river enters Waynesboro, fishing opportunities for smallmouth bass, rock bass, and redbreast sunfish begin to pick up. Ridgeview Park is stocked with catchable rainbow and brown trout, and boasts a beautiful fishing pier for handicapped individuals. After South River spills over Rife Loth Dam, the Commonwealth's first delayed-harvest trout fishery begins. Anglers can catch-and-release brown and rainbow trout from the dam downstream to North Park (October 1 through May 31), then catch-and-keep them the rest of the year. Float fishing trips begin at Constitution Park in Waynesboro for a distance of 25 miles to Port Republic. Fishermen catch smallmouth and largemouth bass, rock bass, sunfish, brown trout, rainbow trout, bullhead catfish, and carp on these floats. The Department stocks catchable rainbow and brown trout in the reach between Grand Caverns and Grottoes, so the possibility of landing a mixed bag of sportfish in lower South River makes for some fantastic fishing trips.