Canoeing and Kayaking
Mecklenburg County has recently collaborated with Halifax County, VA to bring you the Southern Virginia Wild Blueway.The Southern Virginia Wild Blueway encompasses 3 rivers and two lakes, and boasts over 100 miles of river and 850 miles of lake shoreline.
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Our primary bodies of water for paddling are:
Kerr Lake, a 50,000 acre lake with 850 miles of mostly undeveloped shoreline, also referred to locally as “Buggs Island Lake”
Lake Gaston, a 35,000 acre lake, which is more developed and busier than Kerr, however the Tailrace below Kerr is technically Upper Lake Gaston, and offers excellent paddling and access points
Lake Gordon, a small DGIF lake designated for fishing, but also offers very quiet paddling opportunities
Our regional paddling and outdoor recreation organization, Upper Reach, has great maps, a trail wiki, and interpretive signs to guide visiting paddlers.
RENTALS AND GUIDED TRIPS NOW AVAILABLE!
We’re excited to have a brand new outfitter that offers unguided kayak and canoe rentals near the John H. Kerr Dam:
Roanoke River Water Sports – (252) 226-2220
We’re also lucky to have an official outpost for the very popular Frog Hollow Outdoors, offering several packages:
Lake Country Outpost for Frog Hollow Outdoors
Kayaks are also available for daily and weekly rental in Clarksville (Occoneechee State Park Marina) from:
Clarksville Water Sports