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The Shenandoah River is ideal to float by canoe, kayak or tube and the surrounding mountains offer the perfect backdrop  to relax or enjoy paddleboarding and other boating and swimming at Lake Laura near Bryce Resort.


Bedrock ledges within the North Fork of the Shenandoah River create a unique habitat for fish where angling can be very productive. The North Fork is a relatively narrow, shallow river and is easily accessible for wade angling. In addition, Shenandoah County has over 31 miles of trout areas including Passage Creek, Peters Mill Creek, Tomahawk Pond and Trout Pond as well as a trout farm open to the public for fishing.


A list of public river access, local outfitters and fishing resources are listed below.

Fishing Report

Mid-April through Mid-November are prime time for Smallmount Bass fly fishing on the Shenandoah River.  The Virginia Fly Fishing Report for Smallmouth Bass on the North and South Forks of the Shenandoah River is updated several times per week throughout the season so be sure to check for the latest conditions.

Rainbow and Golden Trout fishing along a peaceful,  3/4 mile stretch of Smith Creek. For a $60 fee, an angler may keep up to five fish and catch-and-release an unlimited number. Open 9am – 5pm every day during the season


1009 Smith Creek Rd., New Market, VA  |  540-740-4373

OnWater Bragg N Outfitters
Water Lake Laura

Lake Laura is a 45-acre private lake with a grassy beach area. Activities include swimming, boating, fishing, and a 3-mile hiking trail around the lake. Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. For additional information including hours of operation and admission prices, fishing permits and more, call 800-821-1444 or 540-856-2121 or visit the website.


1982 Fairway Dr., Mt Jackson, VA 22842  |  540-856-2121 ext 253

Murray’s Fly Shop is one of the largest and most complete angling shops on the East Coast.  Stop in and talk to Harry Murray, author of “Trout Fishing on the Shenandoah National Park” and numerous other fishing books.  Murray’s Fly Shop also offers maps and information on trout and bass streams throughout the Shenandoah Valley. Ask about their fly fishing schools and complete guide services as well.


121 Main St., Edinburg, VA 22824  |  540-984-4212

OnWater Murray Fly Shop
Water Public River

The Shenandoah River is one of the few rivers that flow from south to north and the North Fork, in Shenandoah County, is ideal to float by canoe. Clear water, pleasant scenery, abundant wildlife, and mild whitewater make the North Fork a paddler’s dream. However, low flows during the summer months often require canoeists to walk their boats through shallow areas. The scenery is excellent for the entirety of the river’s course, including great views of Massanutten Mountain.

PLEASE NOTE: Most of the land adjacent to the North Fork of the Shenandoah River is privately-owned. You may enter and exit the river ONLY at public access sites.

Trout Pond Recreation Area boasts two beautiful lakes: Rock Cliff Lake and Trout Pond. Relax on a sandy mountain beach or fish for stocked trout while the kids splash in the cool waters of Rock Cliff Lake. Trout Pond, home to native Brook trout, is the only natural lake in West Virginia. A designated swimming area, easy lakeside trails, and a children’s playground make this a perfect family destination.

Orndorffs Trout Caught

Fish hatchery, farm raised trout.  Fee fishing paid by the pound.  No license required.  Open seasonally March – September.  Saturdays and Sundays 8am – 5pm.


54140 Zepp Road, Maurertown, VA 22644

Fishing in Shenandoah County is permitted in accordance with state regulations. When on National Forest land, all persons are required to have a state fishing license as well as a National Forest Stamp and, when in season, a Trout Stamp. For specific information about state licenses and regulations, contact: Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.