Canoeing & Kayaking: The North Fork is an ideal river to float by canoe. Clear water, pleasant scenery, abundant wildlife, and mild whitewater make the North Fork a paddler's dream. However, low flows during the summer months often require canoeists to walk their boats through shallow areas. The primary navigational hazards on the river are six dams and several low-water bridges. The first dam is upstream of Timberville; three dams are located between Edinburg and the Route 758 bridge east of Woodstock; and two small dams are found between Strasburg and Riverton.
Murray's Fly Shop & Fly Fishing School: Harry Murray invites you to visit Murray's Fly Shop. A unique fly fishing specialty shop, located in Edinburg, VA. It is one of the largest and most complete angling shops on the East Coast. Stop in and talk to Harry, author of "Trout Fishing in the Shenandoah National Park; "Flyfishing for Smallmouth Bass," and "His Blessings Through Angling." Murray's Fly Shop has maps and information on the Shenandoah Valley trout and bass streams. Ask about their fly fishing schools and complete guide service. www.murraysflyshop.com. 540-984-4212. 121 Main St. Edinburg, VA 22824.
Murray's has teamed with Bryce Resort. Fly fishing is now available in their stocked stream. Visit www.bryceresort.com for more information.
Lake Laura at Bryce Resort: Lake Laura is a 45-acre private lake with a grassy beach area. Activities include swimming, boating, fishing, and a 3-mile hiking trail around the lake. Caution; no lifeguard on duty; no one under 16 admitted without parent/guardian. Swim at your own risk. The walk to the beach area is vigorous. Call beach for directions to the drop off path. Hours for May 28-June 12 are; weekends 11 am - 6 pm. June 13-September 5 weekends 11 am - 6 pm; and weekdays 11 am - 5 pm. Beach admission; adult and children $6.00 children 3 and under free. Season beach pass family $175.00 and single $75.00. Ask attendant for details on seasonal passes. Boat rentals; $15.00 for a paddleboat and $10 per hour for a canoe. Last rental 1 hr. 15 min. before beach closing. Fishing; fishing licenses mandatory. Available at Walmart 540-459-9229. Bryce fishing permit additional. For more information, call 800-821-1444 or 540-856-2121. www.bryceresort.com
Trout Pond Recreation Area: Trout Pond Recreation Area boasts two beautiful lakes: Rock Cliff Lake and Trout Pond. Relax on a sandy mountain beach or fish for stocked trout while kids splash in the cool waters of Rock Cliff Lake. Trout Pond, home to native Brook trout, is the only natural lake in West Virginia. A designated swimming area, easy lakeside trails, and a children’s playground make this a perfect family destination.