Martinsville, Virginia

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Smith River Access - Fieldale

Fishing & Boating

Henry County Parks and Recreation have established an access point for convenient public use of the Smith River. Parking is convenient to the access point. This section passes industrial sites, homes and the Dupont private nature preserve. Class I and II rapids are found in the first few miles; the last two miles are on a lake created by the dam. Paddlers can exit on the left before the dam at the Doe Run Access. This is a popular section of the river for boating, fishing, and viewing wildlife. Paddlers should be aware that the entrance ramp is rustic and that water levels are subject to rapid change due to releases from Philpott Dam. Water temperature is cold year round. Paddlers should check USGS gauges and please call for water release schedule.

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