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Fishing

Fishing along the Blue Ridge ParkwayStreams, ponds and rivers give anglers a chance to try their luck for trout and, in some waters, bass and panfish. A state fishing license is required. Creel limits and other regulations vary. Inquire at visitor centers or Ranger stations.

Streams and lakes on the Blue Ridge Parkway are game fish waters for which Federal Regulations set forth in Title 36, Sections 2.3 and 7.34(b) of the Code of Federal Regulations are in effect.

Except in designated areas or as provided in Federal Regulations, fishing shall be in accordance with the laws and regulations of the state in which the water is located.

Waters that are not named in the "Special Waters" section in the Fishing Regulations section are subject to State General Fishing Regulations.

Best suggestion when fishing in Parkway waters is to contact the local ranger for special regulations/rules that apply to that specific fishing area for bait type, limits, etc. Regulations are normally posted at each Parkway fishing area, but they are different from place to place.

License

License requirements shall conform to those established by the State in which the water is located. No special trout license is required when fishing in Parkway waters. A fishing license from either state (Virginia or North Carolina) is valid in all Parkway waters.

Season

The fishing season and hours shall conform to those established by the State except that fishing is prohibited one-half hour after sunset until one-half hour before sunrise on all Parkway waters.

Creel and Size Limits

Creel and size limits shall conform to those established by the State unless the water is listed in the "Special Waters" section. Limits for "Special Waters" are posted at each lake shore or stream bank.

Special Waters

North Carolina

Basin Creek and its tributaries in Doughton Park, Boone Fork, Cold Prong Branch, Laurel Creek, Sims Creek, and Camp Creek.

Virginia

Abbott Lake, Little Stoney Creek, and Otter Lake.

Fishing is not permitted from the dam at Price Lake or from the footbridge in the Price Lake picnic area, or from the James River Bridge.

Closed Waters

Bee Tree Creek, a tributary of Boone Fork, is closed for research purposes.

Bait and Lures

General Waters:

  • The possession or use of live or dead fish, amphibians, or non-preserved fish eggs is prohibited while on or along any Parkway water. 
  • Digging for natural bait on Parkway land is prohibited. 
  • Use of bait, other than listed above, on waters classified as "General Waters" shall conform to regulations established by the State. 

Special Waters:

  • The possession or use as bait of insects, worms, live or dead fish or fish parts, or other organic bait is prohibited while adjacent to, on, or in streams or lakes classified as "Special Waters." 
  • North Carolina:  Fishing lures are limited to single-hook artificial lures in all "Special Waters" with the following exceptions; in Basin Creek and its tributaries and Boone Fork River from Price Lake Dam downstream to the Parkway boundary, the use of lures other than single-hook artificial flies is prohibited.
  • Virginia: Fishing lures are limited to single-hook artificial lures.

Swimming

Swimming is prohibited on the Parkway. Several nearby state parks and national forests have developed swimming areas.

Highlights & Happenings

  • Julian Price Memorial Park, MP 297
  • Price Park is a haven for relaxation and recreation with the 47-acre Price Lake as its focal point. Visitors enjoy one of the most popular and largest picnic areas on the Parkway, along with camping, boating and fishing on Price Lake, and ample oppor
  • Cumberland Knob, MP 217.5
  • Located near the Virginia state line, Cumberland Knob is the site where construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway began in 1935. It was the first recreation area opened to the public and remains a favorite destination for both locals and visitors.
  • Doughton Park, MP 240
  • The Brinegar Cabin, craft demonstrations, and diverse hiking options and make Doughton Park a must-experience destination along the Parkway.
  • Rocky Knob & Mabry Mill, MP 169, 176.2
  • These Parkway treasures offer many opportunities for visitors including hiking, camping, picnicking, and one of the most-photographed structures along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • Mount Pisgah, MP 408
  • Mount Pisgah’s spectacular views, hiking trails, picnic area, campground, lodge, restaurant, and country store make this area a popular destination for visitors along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • Moses H. Cone Park, MP 294
  • Today the manor and the entire estate are one of the most heavily used areas along the Parkway and home to the Parkway Craft Center. Carriage roads are popular for hiking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing, especially by residents of the Boon
  • Peaks of Otter, MP 86
  • With stunning views, natural beauty, and the surrounding Jefferson National Forest, it’s no wonder the Peaks of Otter area has attracted people to the region for more than 8,000 years.
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