Fishermen love to tell stories about their best days on the water. The best stories are made possible by great memories in spectacular places while landing a few good catches. Memories like this are every day “made in Bath County experiences.”
Located in the mountains of Virginia, west of the Shenandoah Valley, Bath County is developing a reputation for some of the finest fishing in the state. Our unspoiled lakes, rivers and streams draw serious anglers from all across the east coast in seek of a beautiful rainbow trout, brown trout, smallmouth bass or dozens of other species.
The cool waters, the breathtaking beauty and the trophy fish are enough to lure anglers here, but there’s more to discover in Bath County. Outdoor recreation is a way of life here. Visitors seeking outdoor adventure are welcomed with exceptional hospitality. Bath County is filled with unique lodging options that will make you and your family and friends feel right at home.
Each spring, we celebrate the great fly fishing in Bath County with the We’re So Fly Festival. Join us May 6 – 9, 2021, for guided fishing excursions, clinics, wine tasting and much more. Follow the festival Facebook Page for more information >
Blowing SpringsRoute 397698 Mountain Valley RoadWarm Springs, VA 24484From Warm Springs, take SR 39 west for 9 miles to the campground.
Back Creek, a stocked trout stream, flows adjacent to the Blowing Springs Campground and offers very good trout fishing.
Operated by US Forest Service
First come, first serve.
Bolar Mountain Recreation Area and Lake MoomawRoute 600756 Twin Ridge DriveWarm Springs, VA 24484
- Reservations: 877-444-6777
Lake Moomaw is renowned for its excellent fishing, yielding citation size brown and rainbow trout.
Operated by US Forest Service
Bull Mountain Guide ServiceVA
Fly Fishing guide service in Augusta, Highland and Bath Counties ranging from first timers to seasoned anglers fishing both private waters as well as public rivers and streams
Dominion Back Creek Recreational AreaRoute 600316 Power Station RoadWarm Springs, VA 24484
Fishing is permitted in the stream, upper and lower half of the lower pond.
Douthat State Park14239 Douthat State Park RoadMillboro, VA 24460
- Reservations: 540-933-PARK
The 50-acre Douthat Lake and adjoining Wilson Creek are stocked regularly with trout on a seasonal basis.
Hidden Valley Recreational Area2241 Hidden Valley RoadWarm Springs, VA 24484
Fishing on the Jackson River is a special regulation area requiring an additional stamp. Please obey posted limits.
The Jackson River offers a very diverse trout fishing opportunity. North of Lake Moomaw, the Hidden Valley and Poor Farm stretches of the river offer excellent fishing for stocked trout. Very popular with the fly fishermen is the 3 mile stretch between Poor Farm and Muddy Run.
Lake Moomaw Marina, LLCRoute 6008446 Bolars Draft RoadWarm Springs, VA 24484
Open May 1st through early October
Poor FarmRoute 623 to the National Forest boundaryWarm Springs, VA 24484
End of Jackson River
Walton TractAccess off Route 42Millboro, VA 24460
The Cowpasture River features a warm water fishery. Here is an opportunity to hook a musky as well as perch and bass. The river flows through the Walton Tract, where a canoe can be used to fish or just enjoy the scenery.