Philpott Lake Blueway Brochure Now Available

Fishing on Philpott Lake

Paddlers will not be singing the blues for lack of a guide to navigating Philpott Lake. The Franklin County Division of Tourism & Film is pleased to announce the availability of a new brochure (folded map and guide) to the recently established Philpott Lake Blueway.  The water route was developed through the cooperation of several agencies and organizations, coordinated by the staff of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Philpott Lake in collaboration with the Dan River Basin Association (DRBA).

Other partners included Franklin County, Martinsville-Henry County, Patrick County, Patrick Henry Community College – Environmental Club, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Virginia Master Naturalist program.  The Franklin County Division of Tourism & Film was involved with funding and brochure editorial content.

According to Craig “Rocky” Rockwell, operations project manager for Philpott Lake, the brochure was developed to help paddlers determine the best launch points to see specific things on the lake based on how time they had available for a paddling experience.  He added that Patrick County EMS contributed funds to cover costs for identification signs at access points as the identified locations could help with prompt emergency services in the event of accidents or injuries.

“This project was truly a group effort with many outstanding partners,” said Tiffany Haworth , executive director of the DRBA. “Philpott Lake is a unique and beautiful asset in our region and this blueway will help attract more tourism to our area. Even people who have loved Philpott for years will discover something new on this blueway.”

“With two lakes and four rivers, water based outdoor recreation is a vibrant component to Franklin County’s tourism draw – as well as a quality of life factor to those who live here,” said David Rotenizer, tourism development manager for the county. “Philpott Lake is a special treasure and the guide will help folks to explore and get to know the place even better.”

The Philpott Lake Blueway features nine access launch sites, six of which are located in Franklin County (Salthouse Branch, Twin Ridge, Horseshoe Point, Jamison Mill, Ryans Branch, and   Runnett Bag).  The blueway includes nine interpretative points of interest locations – three of these sites are in Franklin County (Deer Island, Jamison Mill, and Calico Rock).  Mile marker locations are included in the map with distances from the Philpott Lake Dam. It is estimated that paddlers should schedule about 30 minutes per mile (or two miles per hour) for a leisure pace.  The brochure is printed on waterproof paper.

A limited number of the brochures are available at the following Franklin County locations or to download a copy Click Here.

• Boones Mill Town Hall
359 Boones Mill Rd, Boones Mill, (540) 334-5404

• Blue Ridge Institute & Museum
20 Museum Drive, Ferrum, (540) 365-4412

• Franklin County Public Library, (540) 483-3098
– Main Branch, 355 Franklin Street, Rocky Mount
– Westlake Branch, 84 Westlake Road, Suite 109, Hardy

• Rocky Mount Community & Hospitality Center (the Depot)
   52 Franklin Street, Rocky Mount, (540) 489-0948

• Smith Mountain Lake Regional Visitor Center
   16430 Booker T. Washington Hwy, Moneta, (540) 721-1203

• Franklin County Parks & Recreation
   2150 Sontag Road, Rocky Mount, (540) 483-9293

• Essig Recreation Center
   295 Technology Drive, Rocky Mount, (540) 483-9238