There’s a different perspective that comes from exploring by water. Whether you’re in acanoe or on a challenging kayak adventure, this area’s rivers and lakes won’t disappoint. To fish while on the water, go in advance to dgif.virginia.gov/licenses to see if a license is required.
Beautiful scenery makes Germantown Lake in the C.M. Crockett Park popular with paddlers. Set in rolling hills, the tree-lined lake covers 109 acres and is often adorned with beautiful birds, from Canada geese, which are year-round residents, to an occasional tundra swan. A concession stand rents canoes, paddleboats, swan boats and even small sailboats on weekends from March through October; daily rentals are available from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Crystal clear waters and tranquility lure canoeists and kayakers to hourglass-shaped Lake Brittle. Bring a fishing line and join anglers in pursuit of catfish and bass. A concession stand sells bait and offers boat rentals from March 15 through Oct. 15.
The Rappahannock River, officially designated as a state scenic river, is the draw at the Chester F. Phelps Wildlife Management Area near Sumerduck. The river makes up the western boundary of the 4,539-acre reserve. A parking area and ramp for small boats and canoes is found near Kelly’s Ford on the northern end of the park.