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Kayaking is popular at Virginia State Parks.

Find parks by region and amenity.Virginia has many waterways, and where there's water, there are boats. Regardless of watercraft - a one-man kayak, a 16-foot canoe or a brawny powerboat - boaters find plenty to enjoy at Virginia State Parks. Twenty-four parks offer boating access, several have full-service marinas, 23 have ramps (car-top, slide, standard concrete) and 18 parks rent boats. Parks offer access to the most popular waterways in the state, including Buggs Island Lake, Claytor Lake, the Chesapeake Bay, the James River, Lake Anna, the Potomac River, the Rappahannock River, Smith Mountain Lake and the York River. Thirty parks offer fishing from the shore; six offer pier fishing. Click here for information about boat rentals.

If you're looking for a solitary float or an exhilarating ride, state parks are the place for you. Here are parks that offer boating access:

Blue Ridge

Claytor Lake State Park Dublin, VA 24084
Hungry Mother State Park Marion, VA 24354
New River Trail State Park Foster Falls, VA 24360

Central Virginia

Bear Creek Lake State Park Cumberland, VA 23040
Holliday Lake State Park Appomattox, VA 24522
James River State Park Gladstone, VA 24553
Pocahontas State Park Chesterfield, VA 23832
Powhatan State Park Powhatan, VA 23139
Smith Mountain Lake State Park Huddleston, VA 24104
Twin Lakes State Park Green Bay, VA 23942

Chesapeake Bay

Belle Isle State Park Lancaster, VA 22503
Westmoreland State Park Montross, VA 22520

Eastern Shore

Kiptopeke State Park Cape Charles, VA 23310

Hampton Roads

False Cape State Park Virginia Beach, VA 23456
First Landing State Park Virginia Beach, VA 23451
York River State Park Williamsburg, VA 23188

Heart of Appalachia

Breaks Interstate Park Breaks, VA 24607

Northern Virginia

Lake Anna State Park Spotsylvania, VA 22551
Leesylvania State Park Woodbridge, VA 22191
Mason Neck State Park Lorton, VA 22079

Shenandoah Valley

Douthat State Park Millboro, VA 24460
Shenandoah River State Park Bentonville, VA 22610

Southern Virginia

Fairy Stone State Park Stuart, VA 24171
Occoneechee State Park Clarksville, VA 23927
Staunton River State Park Scottsburg, VA 24589