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Attractions: Sports & Recreation

Buggs island lake (also known as Kerr Lake or the John H. Kerr Reservoir) is Virginia’s largest lake—50,000 acres of fresh water with over 800 miles of beautiful shoreline extending some 39 miles up the Roanoke River. You can indulge your adventurous side with water sports such as skiing, fishing, sailing and swimming. It offers other recreation such as camping, hiking, bicycling, hunting and golfing. Listed as the number one Crappie fishing lake in the United States by In-Fisherman magazine, Buggs Island Lake is host to state and national fishing tournaments.

Hiking, Bicycling, Horseback Riding & Swimming

Hike through hardwood forests, ride your mountain bike or take in the open spaces on horseback. Many trails feature waterfront views, while others canopied in woods offer an abundance of wildlife.


Ranging in size from 19 acres to over 3,000 acres, the small lakes managed by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries offer good boating and incomparable fishing.

Hunting & Fishing

The rolling Piedmont provides the serious hunter with diverse forests of upland hardwoods, brushy fields, and marshy grasslands holding white tail deer, wild turkey, and other game birds. For fishing, Southside Virginia is a flat-water angler’s paradise, offering striped bass, largemouth bass, white bass, walleye, crappie, chain pickerel, sunfish and catfish fishing at Bugg’s Island Lake and the lower Roanoke River. The Meherrin and Nottoway Rivers and many more places offer good fishing for spotted bass and many other fish.


Come enjoy the challenging and irresistible golf courses designed by some of the biggest names in golf architecture.


If flesh-and-blood horses aren’t your speed, we have five high-performance motorsport facilities near Richmond, South Boston, Danville and Martinsville.