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Description - This man-made lake, which stretches for 15 miles through a largely untouched government-owned natural area, is one of the region's top trout and bass fishing lakes. Boating, fishing, swimming and picnic areas available at both Goose Point and Ryan's Branch areas. Goose Point also has public boat launch, camping and hiking.

Note: Goose Point is closed for renovations until atleast mid-October, 2002. Contact the lake at 276-629-2703 for the latest information on re-opening.

Recreation - Fairy Stone State Park is in this area and is known as the home of the rare and mysterious fairy stones. The legend says that fairies lived in this area and when they heard of Christ's crucifixion, they wept and as their tears fell to the earth they crystallized into stone crosses. These stone crosses are still plentiful today and may be found only in Virginia, North Carolina and Switzerland. This park offers camping, cabins, fresh water lake for non-motored boats and swimmers, hiking, biking and horse trails.

Climate - Virginia generally has mild winters and warm summers. The Blue Ridge foothills can experience cold winter months with temperatures ranging from 36 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) and dropping slightly below 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 Celsius). The state's summer temperatures have little variation. The temperature in the foothills of the Blue Ridge range from 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius) to 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius).

Location - To Goose Point area: I-81, Exit 114 (Christiansburg/Floyd). Turn south on Rt. 8 and follow it about 40 miles to Rt. 57 - turn left on Rt. 57 and follow it for 11 miles to Rt. 822 - turn left on Rt. 822 - go about 4 3/4 miles to Goose Point at end of road. To Ryan's Branch area: I-81, Exit 114 - turn south on Rt. 8 and follow it about 40 miles to Rt. 57 north - turn left onto Rt. 57 north and go 9 miles to SR 623 - turn onto SR 623 and go 5 miles to Dodson, then continue for another 1.5 miles to Ryan's Branch.

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Filed By: RUSS
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Put in at Iron Bridge Rd, fished 1-2 hrs on a Thursday evening, caught a very nice Largemouth...Fished the next A. M. and caught a few more. This lake is #1 on our list to fish in the fall. Stayed at a nice little house in Bassett only 10-12 miles from the launch site...very reasonable accommadations. We eill be back for BOW SEASON, saw some NICE deer and even heard a BEAR close to the shoreline. We used a small crappie spinner bait and if we got a bump we dropped it and threw a chatruse worm unweighted. This worked like a champ! Good luck y'all, Russ

Filed By: Wanda Rakes (Stuart, VA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Beautiful clean waters with lots of coves and spectacular views of mountains. Great hidden water falls and really good fishing. Camping ares are premium. I like it better than Smith Mt because it's not so busy. But we definately need a marina. Carrying gas in to stay on the lake is not good. Close convenient county stores make great chicken and sandwichs. Ideal way to spend the day as long as it's well planned. Make sure that you take enough in to stay out all day.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Went on my first fishing trip to Philpott lake today. Lake is beautiful but flood waters have not left much in the way of fishing. Hope to go back when the water is down.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: It is a very beautiful lake with almost untouched shorelines. Would be even nicer if boaters wouldn't dump their empty bottles and other trash in the water.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Kayakers! We paddle Philpott year around. A little busy (comparatively) on Holiday weekends in the Summer but still quieter than most lakes. The rest of the time it is a touring kayakers haven. If you can't get to the Coast regularly, try this lake. Seven good put in spots offer several trip opportunities. Head toward Fairystone on one branch, Smith River on another, or Otter Creek for a 3rd. There are several other long cove paddles. Islands, cliffs, paddle accessible pennisulas and island campsites. Want to join us? Email anytime.

Filed By: Derek Arnold (Trinity, NC)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: If you love a lake with an undeveloped shore line, Philpott Lake is the greatest, in my oppinion. If you go, and I don't care if you choose not too, don't expect to see too many people. Expect to find lots of 'private fingers' off the main body of water. Beautifully clear water. Take your trash with you when you leave. Its a beautiful place. I love it!

More Information

Contact Information:
Philpott Lake, 1058 PHILPOTT DAM ROAD , BASSETT, VA, 24055-8617, Phone: 276-629-2703

Additional Information:
Central Virginia Travel Region - Central Virginia is home to eleven State Parks, a historical driving tour, several wildlife refuges and natural areas as well as countless Civil War battlefields.
Virginia Lakes - Virginia's lakes and reservoirs are scattered throughout the state. The lakes and reservoirs in Virginia range from huge reservoirs to small lakes

Fairy Stone State Park - Official agency Website


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