Water Activities

From the majestic Shenandoah River to the fun water park at Yogi Bear there are plenty of water activities. Come enjoy tubing, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, swimming, and more.

Shenandoah River

The Shenandoah River’s South Fork flows through the entire length of Page County, making it a playground for canoeing, tubing, fishing, and swimming. Local outfitters provide rentals and guides, and a large selection of accommodations on or near the river makes for an even more memorable experience.

Lake Arrowhead

At the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lake Arrowhead offers magnificent views of Page County. The lake itself provides 34-acres of pristine stream-fed water perfect for canoeing, kayaking and long boarding. Swim from the sandy beaches or rent a picnic area for your group.

Tube, Kayak, & Canoe

The South Fork of the Shenandoah River has amazing views and the lazy river ride (Class 1) makes it popular for tubing, kayaking, and canoeing. Public access points along the entire length of the river create the opportunity to plan many different float trips varying in distance. Remember where you put-in will not be the same place you pull-out, transportation will need to be arranged. A tube floating will take longer, best to plan accordingly.

Local canoe outfitters are the best resources to help you plan your trip, arrange transportation, and rent equipment if needed.

Swimming

What’s your swim style? Lakes, creeks, rivers, pools, and even water slides are all over Page County! Enjoy the pools and slides at Yogi Bear water park or swim laps in the pool at the Hawksbill Recreational Park. Jump in Lake Arrowhead or enjoy the gentle flow of the Shenandoah River.

Yogi Bear Water Slides and Pools

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Luray offers a camping experience plus a whole lot more like a 197-foot long Virginia Vortex water slide with a cavernous super bowl where centrifugal forces keep riders high on the wall for several rotations. Guests can tube ride a 376-foot long Luray Loop-de-Loop water slide that is loaded with tight corners and high-bank turns or speed down a 222-foot long multi-lane Mountain Match-Up - a mat racing water slide! Three large swimming pools and a kiddie pool are also located on the property.

Fishing

Shenandoah River

With the greatest density of smallmouth bass of any river in Virginia alongside largemouth bass, carp, and musky, the south fork of the Shenandoah River is a fisher’s paradise. Fly or bait fish from the banks or on a raft in the middle of the river. Catch dinner, or just catch some fun and then release.

 

Shenandoah National Park

Explore 70 mountain streams and take on the anglers’ quest to catch the elusive brook trout along with many other species of fish. Just check in with the ranger first and consider practicing catch and release to make sure there’s great fishing here for generations to come.

 

Lake Arrowhead

Stocked annually, Lake Arrowhead offers anglers the opportunity to catch largemouth bass, walleye, northern pike, bluegill, crappie, red ear sunfish, and channel catfish. Grab a fishing permit and get casting!