Dickenson County

Dickenson County

Rugged Dickenson County is located in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. The County’s amazing terrain offers fabulous opportunities for outdoor recreation. Great fishing sites include two Virginia Scenic Rivers, the Cranesnest and the Russell Fork. The Pound River, as well as Laurel Lake at the Breaks Interstate Park, and the John W. Flannagan Dam and Reservoir also offer great fishing adventures. This Dam and Reservoir offers three campgrounds, five boat ramps, picnic areas, fishing, hiking, hunting, boating and swimming. Two state records from John Flannagan Dam include one for Hybrid Stripe Bass and one for Yellow Perch.

Cranesnest River

In turn, Breaks Interstate Park offers cabins, lodges and campsites as well as hikers opportunities for a variety of trails within the park and including the Cumberland and Pine Mountain Riding and Hiking Trail that spans 28 miles to Pound Gap in Pound, Virginia.

whitewater raftingDuring the first four weekends in October each year, white water releases from John Flannagan Dam enable World Class whitewater rafting on 3-5+ rapids on the Russell Fork River through the Gorge in the Breaks Interstate Park into Kentucky.

The Pound River is the largest tail-water fishery in Southwest Virginia. The cold water release from the dam provides a unique habitat that is suitable for trout in this 1.6 mile stretch before it empties into the Russell Fork River. It is stocked 8 times from October to May each year with trout. You will find rainbow trout, as well as brook trout.

Trout caught in Dickenson CountyBoth Cranesnest and Russell Fork are also stocked with trout. In all our rivers, you will find a variety of fish including small mouth bass, largemouth bass, rock bass and stock trout by DGIF that are catchable size. Our new Cranesnest Trail adjacent to Cranesnest River & Campground offers hikers, bikers and horseback riders a wonderful adventure through the mountain. The trailhead is located near the fishing ramp at the Cranesnest River.

Our lakes, including Laurel Lake and John Flannagan Dam & Reservoir have outstanding walleye and hybrid striped bass.

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