6 Of COVA’s Best Camping & Fishing Spots

When looking to camp and fish, Coastal Virginia has exactly what you’re looking for, and has some of the most beautiful offerings in the nation. Prepare for never-ending, gorgeous blue skies and waters. COVA features rivers, lakes and state parks that are perfect for pitching a tent and throwing out a line. No need to go far when looking for a nature retreat, COVA has you covered.

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Catch this, there’s an old adage in Chesapeake that while you can’t buy happiness, you can catch it on occasion. This region is quickly emerging as a world-class fishing destination with 22 miles of fresh and salt waterways. Northwest River Park’s freshwater lake is stocked in the spring and anglers reel in bass, crappie and catfish. Lake Drummond is the Commonwealth’s second largest lake and is quite the looker. It’s located in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and loaded with bowfin, long nose gar and crappie. Boaters can use Elizabeth River Park’s boat ramp and can access the Intracoastal Waterway through Great Bridge Locks Park and Top Rack Marina. Looking for a quiet retreat or an outdoor family vacation to go along with your fishing expedition? Chesapeake has two options for the outdoor lovers. Both campgrounds in the area offer everything from full hookups to tent sites. Campers can enjoy fishing, boating and hiking, as well as day-trips to regional attractions. Chesapeake has it all! LEARN MORE

Courtland Boat Landing

Reel in the big fish in Franklin Southampton. Grab your gear and head to the newest boat landing in Southampton County for fishing and fun! Surrounded by beautiful cypress trees, this boat landing and dock is the perfect spot for new and experienced fishermen alike. You can fish from the dock or hop in your boat for a day on the river, either way you are bound to reel in some largemouth bass and brim. Don’t miss this catch. LEARN MORE


Norfolk is bordered almost entirely by water and is geographically positioned for the ultimate fishing trip. Whatever your choice of catch may be, you’re sure to find it in the nearby Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Ocean or Elizabeth River. The Chesapeake Bay is home to a whole host of saltwater fish including trout, flounder, cobia, croaker, red drum and striper. Norfolk has two fishing piers – the Ocean View Fishing Pier & Willoughby Fishing Pier, both are open around the clock. If you’d prefer to take your own boat out for a day trip, you can use any of the city’s public ramps or marinas. There are also several chartered boat trips that can be reserved for a just few hours time or for a full day of fishing. Plan your fishing day now! LEARN MORE

Windsor Castle Park Fishing Pier Smithfield Windsor Castle Park features a 208 acre riverside park in downtown Smithfield and offers many amenities: 3.8 miles of walking trails, a dog-park, picnic areas, seasonal outfitters and coming soon will be a natural play area for children. Though, one of its most-used offerings is its incredible fishing pier. Stretching out over Cypress Creek, the pier offers access to many seasonal species of fish including catfish, croaker and striped bass. Crabbers have also found success on the creek. Relax and spend the day at Windsor Castle Park and afterwards, take a stroll along Main Street and stop for a meal at one of the town’s fantastic restaurants. LEARN MORE

Rudee Inlet

All aboard, time to reel in a big one down in Virginia Beach! Just down the coast, The Rudee Inlet charter is always bustling with its multiple marinas. With fishing charters, jet skiing, parasailing and waterside restaurants, there are always multiple ways to pass your time in true marina fashion. Head out on a fishing charter to reel in a big fish like cobia, tilefish, bluefish, flounder or even a blue marlin! Now, if you don’t catch fish, you’ll surely catch a good time in Virginia Beach! LEARN MORE Camping

As the summer comes to an end and the weather cools down, it’s the perfect time to head outdoors for weekend camping and fishing! Greater Williamsburg campgrounds offer so much more than a place to pitch a tent. Chickahominy Riverfront Park has waterfront campsites, a fishing pier, swimming pool and access to the Virginia Capital Trail. Anvil Campground has shuttle service to nearby attractions and restaurants. And the 180-acre Williamsburg KOA Resort Campground has gem mining, a heated pool, geocaching, a water playground and more to engage the kids. LEARN MORE

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