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: