Carvins Cove Natural Reserve - Fishing

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Discover top-notch fishing at Carvins Cove Reservoir near Roanoke, VA, a premier fishing destination in Virginia. This pristine reservoir is ideal for anglers of all skill levels, offering opportunities to catch largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, catfish, crappie, and sunfish. Known for its clear waters and diverse habitats, Carvins Cove is perfect for both shore fishing and boat fishing. Carvins Cove features well-maintained fishing piers and numerous shoreline spots for convenient shore fishing. For those preferring boat fishing, the reservoir allows non-gasoline-powered boats, making it perfect for kayaks, canoes, and electric trolling motors. This access allows anglers to explore deeper waters and secluded fishing areas. Amenities at Carvins Cove include boat ramps, ample parking, and restrooms, ensuring a comfortable fishing experience. A valid Virginia fishing license is required, and anglers should follow local fishing regulations and catch limits to support sustainable fishing practices. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Carvins Cove offers not only excellent fishing but also a tranquil natural setting. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a beginner, Carvins Cove near Roanoke, VA, provides a rewarding fishing experience in one of Virginia's most scenic reservoirs.

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  • Directions: Directions to Boat Landing:

    From I-81, take exit 146 and take Plantation Rd. south to the first traffic light. Turn left on Rt. 11 and continue approximately 1/2 mile, past the entrance to Hollins College. Turn left on Reservoir Rd. and continue approximately 2.5 miles to the end of the road and the parking area.
General Facility Information
  • Additional Information: Available for hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking
  • Additional Information: Carvins Cove features multiple trails - including some that connect to the Appalachian Trail. A $2 parking pass is required for entering Carvins Cove and can be purchased at the boat landing or the Just the Right Gear bike shop.
  • Friday Hours: 8:30am-6:30pm (10/1-3/31)
  • Monday Hours: 8:30am-6:30pm (10/1-3/31)
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  • Saturday Hours: 8:30am-6:30pm (10/1-3/31)
  • Sports: Hiking, Biking, Boating, Fishing, Horseback Riding
  • Sunday Hours: 8:30am-6:30pm (10/1-3/31)
  • Thursday Hours: 8:30am-6:30pm (10/1-3/31)
  • Tuesday Hours: 8:30am-6:30pm (10/1-3/31)
  • Wednesday Hours: 8:30am-6:30pm (10/1-3/31)