Claytor Lake State Park lies on the 4,500-acre, 21-mile-long Claytor Lake. The lake was formed in 1939 with the damming of the New River, just south of Radford, by the Appalachian Power Company. The New River flows in a northerly direction and is thought to be the secondoldest river in the world. The park came under the operation of Virginia’s Division of State Parks in 1951. As one of Virginia’s state parks with a marina, Claytor Lake State Park is a natural destination for boaters and anglers.
The park offers bicycle and boat rentals, as well as a selection of supplies for water sports. Motorboating and fishing on the lake are this park’s greatest draws. Bass, catfish, muskie, and walleye are the favorite catches of anglers. In addition, the 450-foot sandy beach and five group picnic shelters provide activities for landlubbers. Those without boats will find a number of excellent coves along the shoreline from which to fish. However, the four campground loops offer the option of sleeping out under the trees, whether or not you’ve towed your boat and brought your rod and reel.
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