Fishing is very popular in the recreation area. With streams aplenty and even a few small lakes, Mount Rogers NRA has ample places to wet a line. Here are a few sample fishing destinations:
- BEARTREE LAKE
- Beartree Lake, 11 acres, is part of the larger Beartree Recreation Area. It is popular and enjoyed by all types of recreationalists. Beartree Lake is a put and take fishing proposition. The primary catch is rainbow trout. The big ones are down deep, and as the summer wears on, the smaller ones join them.
- WHITETOP LAUREL CREEK
- Whitetop Laurel is the primary fishing stream of the recreation area’s west end. It is a special regulations waterway with both brown and rainbow trout plying its shoals and holes. Brook trout are rumored to be in its headwaters and feeder streams. There is a 12-inch minimum size limit using artificial lures only, with a number limit of 6 per day. There are several handicap accessible fishing piers along the stream near Creek Junction.
- LEWIS FORK
- Flowing off the slopes of Mount Rogers in the Lewis Fork Wilderness, this nifty little trout stream offers scenic angling. Brook trout inhabit the steep pool/fall environment. Anglers here will be seeking an attractive fishing environment that ranges between 3,600 and 4,500 feet, as well as getting a few fish on the line. Fishing pressure decreases away from VA 603.
Mount Rogers is a backpacker’s paradise. With the Appalachian Trail and so many other trails in a vast network, various loop and end-to-end treks are limited only by your imagination.
Though Mount Rogers NRA has nothing like Skyline Drive or the Blue Ridge Parkway in its midst, the patient driver will be well rewarded for their driving efforts here. Be prepared to drive dirt/gravel roads to get into the back of beyond. The Mount Rogers Scenic Byway links Marion to Wytheville but only passes partly through the recreation area. You are better off devising your own routes, considering your time and willingness to drive roads that are more rustic.