Jackson River Canoe Access Points


Area Status: Open

Situated below Gathright Dam, this access point is one of 5 canoe boat launches along the Jackson River. Fishermen will find interest in the utilization of a unique cold water release for trout into the river.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Fees: No Fee
Open Season: Open year round
Closest Towns: Covington, VA
Water: No drinking water available
Restroom: No restrooms available
Operated By: James River District: 540-962-2214

General Information

Directions:

Public Access Point #1:  Is just below the dam and is managed by the Corp. of Engineers.  A permit is required to use this point and can be obtained at the Corp’s office at the Lake.  A picture ID is required and the office is open 7 days a week, 7 AM to 3:30 PM.

Johnson Springs Access Point #2:  Located off State Route 638.

Jack’s Island Access Point #3:  Is not developed, but is considered a stopping point.  There is no parking available at the point.  This access point is located off State Route 666 on an island that is in the middle of the Jackson River.

Smith Bridge Access Point #4:  Located off of State Route 687, on Smith Bridge Road.  This access has been modified with a fishing pier and is accessible to the physically challenged.

Indian Draft Access Point #5:  Located also off State Route 687.

Petticoat Junction Access Point #6:  Located off State Route 687.  This is the last access point serviced by the Forest Service.


General Notes:

NO CAMPING AT ANY ACCESS POINT

NO CAMP FIRES ARE ALLOWED AT ANY ACCESS POINT

TRAVEL ON DURABLE SURFACES

---Travel on trail only.  This will minimize impact to the riparian areas

PLAN AHEAD AND PREPARE

---Water levels can change daily

---Access points listed are the only public lands on this stretch of the Jackson River, “Observe private landowners rights.”

DISPOSE OF WASTE PROPERLY - PACK OUT ALL WASTE

---No trash receptacles or trash pickup

---No restroom at any access point

LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND

---Many use the access point; others should see it as you first saw it

RESPECT WILDLIFE

---Observe wildlife from a distance

---Do not feed wildlife

---Control pets at all times

BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHER VISITORS

---Respect other visitors, be courteous


Recreation Map

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Activities

River and Stream Fishing

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Boating - Non-Motorized

Recreation Areas

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
37.915278

  Longitude : 
-79.972500