Begin your day at the South Boston / Halifax County Visitor Center for maps, directions, brochures, information, fishing and/or hunting licenses. Enjoy some fresh popped popcorn while we will help you figure out your best options for fishing, boating and accommodations ranging from quaint to luxurious.
From there, take 360 to Scottsburg, then MacDonald Road/VA – 344 to Staunton River State Park for great access to Kerr Lake, aka Buggs Island Lake. Kerr Lake is Virginia's largest lake, with more than 50,000 acres of fresh water and over 800 miles of shoreline. It's one of the best largemouth bass fisheries in the country; striped and largemouth bass are throughout the lake.
Channel, flathead and blue catfish are also popular. The world record blue was caught here. Enjoy high crappie catch rates year-round. White perch are abundant and can reach nearly two pounds. Visit the Kerr Lake website for a current fishing report.
On your way to your next fishing hole, stop by O Sole Mio Pizzeria for Italian subs on the spot or wrapped for later. Windmill Farm Bake Shop is another great idea for excellent soups, deli sandwiches and traditional Mennonite treats.
Halifax County has you covered whether you need to purchase all your gear, or brought it all with you:
River Traders, on MacDonald Road/VA - 344, is conveniently just before the entrance to Staunton River State Park, and offers tackle and boats for rent.
Smiley's General Merchandise carries bait and tackle and great advice on the bite. Get gear and tournament information at Bobcat's Bait & Tackle in nearby Clarksville.
Find plenty of places to fish from shore and along the banks of our rivers - Dan, Banister, Hyco and Staunton. Bring your own canoe or kayak; see our Halifax County website for float trip ideas.
Wrap up your day at Mexico Viejo Mexican Grill, or Smokey River Tavern for everything from gator bites to ribs or fried catfish.
Early risers may get your breakfast fuel at Ollie's Southern Café, open Thursday through Sunday 5:00am – 11:30am; serving everything from grits & gravy to pancakes with corned beef hash. Common Grounds will open your eyes with pastries, breakfast items and specialty coffees.
Head back to a favorite fishing spot, or explore and discover a new one. Be sure to stop by the Visitor Center before you head home; we'd love to hear your fish tales and help you plan your return trip!