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.
Rappahannock River Campground organizes canoe and kayak trips on the Rappahannock from April to November. (Reservations are necessary.) The routes slide by Civil War battlefields, abandoned gold mines and can include Class I and Class II rapids.