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Claytor Lake, VA

In a beautiful setting, this mountain reservoir called Claytor Lake offers up camping, boating and fishing away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This is a 4,500-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, at Radford, VA.

Anglers can explore over 60 miles of shoreline in search of bass, crappie, walleye, catfish, stripers, hybrid striped bass, perch, bluegill, white bass and sunfish. Some VA fishing guides offer guided bass, striper and crappie trips on Claytor Lake. Several boat launch ramps, some for a small fee and some for free, are scattered around the lake. Boat docks, trees and fish habitat are the primary cover for fish and baitfish. Kayaks, canoes and all types of fishing boats provide access to this river fishery.

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What to fish for...

Fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, walleye, bluegill, white bass, yellow bass, yellow perch, striped bass and hybrid striped bass at Claytor Lake in Virginia.

Primary fish species residing in Claytor Lake

Click images for fishing tips and details about each species.

Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Spotted bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie Walleye Bluegill White Bass Yellow Bass Yellow Perch Striped bass Hybrid Striped Bass

Claytor Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Fishing Boat Rentals

Claytor Lake Water Sports
Rentals: Fishing boats, pontoon boats, kayaks and canoes
540 731-8683

Mountain 2 Island at the Rock House Marina
Rentals: Kayaks and pontoon boats
540 980-1488

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Claytor Lake State Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, north side, off Ben H Bolen Drive, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with docks and lots of paved parking.

Dublin VDWR Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, north side, off Bear Drive, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Harry DeHaven Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off Beach Drive, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.


Rockhouse Marina
3776 Rock House Rd
Pulaski, VA 24301
540 980-1488

Click here for a Virginia Fishing License.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Claytor Lake State Park Campground - 540 643-2500

Cedar Cove Campground - 540 674-8180

Covey's Family Campground - 540 674-5201

McGuire Family Campground - 540 674-5561

Fort Chiswell RV Park - 276 637-6868

Izaak Walton League Campground - 540 382-7063

Claytor Lake VA Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

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Contact Information

Claytor Lake
Claytor Lake State Park
6620 Ben H. Bolen Dr
Dublin, VA 24084
540 643-2500


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