Mike & Di’s Hunting Run
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We like to float our kayaks on the weekends and sometimes during the week. There are many local places, within 20 minutes of Fredericksburg, for paddling and fishing. These include the Rapidan and Rappahannock Rivers, Hunting Run Reservoir, Motts Run Reservoir and Ni River Reservoir. Further away, but still within an hour, there is the Potomac River, the Chesapeake Bay and other rivers in the Washington, DC and Richmond, VA areas.
Please check out or links below for information about these local places to get wet, fish, take pictures of the wildlife and have fun. There are also several commercial rental places in the Fredericksburg area that will provide kayaks or canoes and transportation to the Rappahannock River for a fun day on the water. We hope to see you enjoying a paddle day on the river sometime.
There are many websites that list and describe where watersports, such as kayaking and fishing, are available. Below are links (Click on graphic) for several Fredericksburg area locations.
US Geological Survey: This link covers stream levels throughout Virginia. Locally, the Rapidan and Rappahannock Rivers are of interest. Anyone using these rivers is encouraged to use this site to ensure the water levels are safe for navigation. The Rapidan gauge near Culpeper and the Rappahannock gauge near Fredericksburg are the most appropriate for navigating these rivers near Fredericksburg.
Friends of the Rappahannock: This group works to maintain the water quality and scenic beauty of the Rappahannock River and its tributaries. The website has a high quality map of the Rapidan and Rappahannock Rivers that shows access points, rapids, historical locations and wildlife along the rivers. Public access points on the Rappahannock are at Kelley’s Ford, Motts Landing and City Dock in Fredericksburg. Public access on the Rapidan is at Elys Ford. The site also has additional information about the rivers, including wildlife checklists, land use and commercial enterprise, among others.
Hunting Run and Ni River Reservoirs are public water reservoirs in Spotsylvania county. Neither reservoir allows swimming or motor boats, other than electric, on the water. Both are regularly stocked for fishing. Both have public access areas, with boat rentals. A fee is charged for access and fishing. The link shows contact information, regulations and hours of operation (Spring to fall). Hunting Run access is located on Elys Ford Road (County Road 610) and Ni River is located on Gordon Road (County Road 627).
Motts Run Reservoir is operated by the City of Fredericksburg. Similar to Hunting Run and Ni Reservoirs, it is restricted to hand or electric powered craft, there is no swimming and boat rentals are available. There are three fishing piers available. Fees are charged for boat launching and fishing. It is located off of River Road (County Route 618).
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has a multitude of information about boating and fishing, with links to lakes and rivers statewide.