Summer Camps on the River teams up with Virginia Fishing Adventures to offer several overnight fishing camps for boys and girls ages 8 - 15. The 6 night / 7 day camp offers campers of all fishing abilities the opportunity to explore some of Virginia's best waters while honing their angling skills. Located in an ideal setting along the Rappahannock River, the camp allows for both fresh and saltwater fishing throughout the week.
All equipment is provided, but if you have that lucky pole or gear, feel free to bring it with you. Campers must be 8 – 15 years old by their first day of camp. Due to space restrictions and to ensure safety, sessions are limited to 12 campers each week. Campers spend both daily program sessions fishing. While campers will not have the off water portion of the day, they will have a chance for all the fun of camp in the evening and on weekends. Campers will be off campus most days.
Traditional Fishing (ages 8 - 15)
Campers experience a wide array of angling opportunities from fishing private, freshwater ponds for largemouth bass, crappie, and sunfish, to river fishing, to a day on the Chesapeake Bay fishing for spot, croaker, flounder, and bluefish. The camp is ideal for beginners as well as those with plenty of fishing experience with instruction from experienced counselors and serious anglers sure to make their fishing better when they get home.
Adventure Fishing (ages 12-15)
After arriving Sunday evening, Adventure campers will spend the week fishing the best waters the area has to offer. Situated in a prime location, this camp offers the unique opportunity to split time fishing both fresh and saltwater. Campers fish a combination of private ponds for largemouth bass, scenic local rivers for panfish, bass, and catfish, shallow saltwater flats for redfish, speckled trout, and flounder, as well as a day fishing near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel targeting species such as Flounder, sharks, Spadefish, and Cobia with Captain Neil Renouf
. Campers will fish primarily conventional tackle.Kayak Fishing and Touring Camp (ages 12 - 15)
This week provides a wonderful opportunity to learn or advance sit-on-top kayaking and kayak fishing skills. Our staff of ACA (American Canoe Association) certified counselors will instruct campers on safety, paddling, and general maneuvering of a sit-on-top kayak. As campers learn throughout the week at various locations, we will incorporate fishing, sightseeing and touring while paddling on all types of water from saltwater marshes and tidal rivers to local freshwater ponds and lakes.
A highlight of the week is the overnight camping trip on the upper Rappahannock River where campers will fish for smallmouth bass and learn to navigate class I and II rapids before camping right on the river for the evening and enjoying a good meal.
A kayak is a great way to get close to nature and we expect to see bald eagles, ospreys, herons, deer and beaver. When we are fishing our catch will include large and smallmouth bass, catfish, sunfish, crappie, spot, croaker, and maybe a redfish or two. Kayaks, paddles, life vests, and fishing gear are provided.
NEW in 2018! Fish & Sail (ages 8 - 15)
Campers spend five half days sailing with Open Sailing (see description on the Sailing page) and three half days fishing both freshwater ponds for bass, bluegill, and crappie as well as saltwater for spot, croaker, redfish, speckled trout.