Rented a house on the Shenandoah river.It is my 1st visit to this area and am looking for tips/advice on fishing and kayaking the river and any surrounding lakes or reseviors. Thanks!
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Posted by: sapien on Jul-05-13 8:16 PM (EST)
this website has descriptions and put-ins/takeouts for several day trips:
I was thinking of you sapien ...|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Jul-05-13 8:24 PM (EST)
Posted by: marena5 on Jul-05-13 10:51 PM (EST)
The house is between the towns of Shenandoah and Stanley. Thanks for the link.
Shenandoah Nat. Park ....|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Jul-05-13 8:23 PM (EST)
Posted by: marena5 on Jul-05-13 11:01 PM (EST)
Wow! Thanks for the detailed info. Having never visited This area before I would like to be as prepared as possible. I am only there for 5 days. Plan on lots of hiking,kayaking and fishing. The house is between the towns of Shenandoah and Stanley. I know that water levels vary and am hoping that September brings sufficient,but not dangerous,waters. Rainfall has been insane here in Jersey.Keeping tabs on weather in the Luray area. I will check out the info you've provided.Thanks again.
Posted by: sapien on Jul-06-13 12:25 AM (EST)
if you'd like a challenging hike with rock scrambles and great ridgetop views, I suggest Duncan Knob and Strickler Knob accessible from Crisman Hollow Rd off 211. They can be hiked together as a loop -- get a real early start to beat the heat! look them up on hikingupward.com
the low-head dam|
Posted by: sapien on Jul-06-13 12:15 AM (EST)
Posted by: marena5 on Jul-06-13 7:54 AM (EST)
Thanks Sapien. Def love a good rock scramble. I'm hoping in September the crowds will diminish and nature will be all mine..heehee. What entrance to Skyline drive would be the nearest to the town of Stanley? I have done some research,but always appreciate a 1st hand opinion.
Posted by: sapien on Jul-06-13 11:57 AM (EST)
Posted by: marena5 on Jul-06-13 5:35 PM (EST)
pilotwingz,I am an intermediate calm water paddler. Therefore,we will be launching from our backyard access and fishing and exploring. So..no multi-day trips or whitewater. also wouldn't mind loading the kayaks and checking out any notable lakes and reseviors in the region.
can't say about lakes over there ...|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Jul-08-13 2:48 PM (EST)
Great fishing info|
Posted by: marena5 on Jul-08-13 10:29 PM (EST)
Now that's a 1st hand fishing review. Thanks pilotwingz.
another trip resource|
Posted by: sapien on Jul-06-13 1:54 PM (EST)
here is a listing of public access points on the South Fork Shen and day-trip options, with some fishing tips to boot:
Posted by: marena5 on Jul-06-13 3:39 PM (EST)
Sapien, do you come from this area of VA? You sure do know your way around! I appreciate all the help and links. Gonna put some serious time into my laptop and check out all these tips. Thanks to you both.
Posted by: sapien on Jul-07-13 11:17 AM (EST)
I've lived in VA for 23 years and have spent a fair amount of time paddling, hiking and camping in the Shenandoah Valley. I have a detailed map I've developed of the Shenandoah Rivers in KML format showing access points, hazards, and points of interest, and your post reminded me that I have some more work to do on it. If you'd like I can provide it to you once I'm done. Heck, I might even be persuaded to drive down there and join you on a downriver float :)
Get to work on that map...|
Posted by: marena5 on Jul-08-13 10:34 PM (EST)
...haha. Will accept any and all guidance. Cant wait to explore the beauty of a region you call home. Good for you.
Just a modest caution ... |
Posted by: lewesbound on Jul-07-13 11:26 AM (EST)
... of the terrestrial kind, particularly if you have small children. Copperheads are common along the river, and timber rattlers are not uncommon on even some of the more popular park trails. If you go rock srambling, be sure you can see your handhold clearly before committing ...
Def will heed the warning|
Posted by: marena5 on Jul-08-13 10:43 PM (EST)
My boyfriend and I are avid hikers and we also love spotting snakes,reptiles,raptors and anything in their natural habitat. We hike our area of PA.,NJ, and up into New England and lament the fact that timber rattlesnakes are rarely seen and may be dwindling in these parts. It sure would be a treat to spot and observe either of these snakes. No kids tagging along,so that is not an issue. Thanks for the heads up! appreciate it.
Posted by: sapien on Jul-10-13 9:09 PM (EST)
I have yet to see one in the wild, but I do occasionally see these common watersnakes, which might be mistaken for a copperhead at a glance:
see Copperheads around these parts ....|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Jul-10-13 10:17 PM (EST)
.... every now and then . Almost stepped on one once . It was coiled and ready to strike .
Posted by: marena5 on Jul-08-13 10:46 PM (EST)
We will be fully prepared,thanks to all the advice.
can rise quickly .........|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Jul-12-13 11:14 PM (EST)
Pilotwingz,can never be.......|
Posted by: marena5 on Jul-13-13 1:55 PM (EST)
......too careful or over-prepared. Did ya'll get a lot of rain at once to cause such a rise? Here in Jersey,the torrential downpours have been frequent and intense! Very wet summer so far. We will definitely pay close attention to the water levels everyday and weather temps. Thanks!
2 more USGS SF Shenandoah gages .....|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Jul-13-13 11:13 PM (EST)
Posted by: marena5 on Jul-14-13 9:44 AM (EST)
Must admit,we have never been to the area and knew nothing about the Shenandoah. Thanks to friendly folks like you and sapien, learning a lot of useful,needed information. I sure am hoping for favorable, safe river conditions for our 5 days there. My boyfriend will be fishing sunrise and sunset everyday. Don't need him in a risky situation, for sure!
I'm sure everything is going to be .....|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Jul-15-13 11:04 AM (EST)
The least I can do is|
Posted by: marena5 on Jul-15-13 8:28 PM (EST)
give ya'll a recap of our adventures! We had a delightful paddle yesterday on Lake Lenape in Mays Landing,NJ. We crossed the lake and went upstream on the Great Egg Harbor river for over 2 miles. Mike caught a large,fiesty pickerel that looked to be 6 lbs! Cant wait to explore the Shenandoah......
Shenandoah River Map|
Posted by: sapien on Jul-14-13 2:36 PM (EST)
Here is the map I've been working on in Google Earth format, showing access points, gauges, dams, significant rapids and a few other points of interest. Still a work in progress; combination of info I've collected over the past few years from paddling various sections, reading guidebooks and researching online. There are still plenty parts of the river I need to experience firsthand.
Posted by: marena5 on Jul-15-13 10:19 AM (EST)
Very cool map.Love the photos. Thanks.
lake in Luray|
Posted by: sapien on Jul-14-13 3:48 PM (EST)
I'm sure you've already come across this but the town of Luray has a recreational lake and beach, Lake Arrowhead. Small at just 39 acres but sure to offer an awesome view of the Blue Ridge mountains.
Checked out Lake Pelham|
Posted by: marena5 on Jul-15-13 10:26 AM (EST)
Nice size reservoir.Good fishing. Permits are required,but if the Shenandoah is not "hospitable" during our visit,this is def an alternative. Thanks!