Halifax County

The Roanoke River

Post: February 15, 2017

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The Roanoke River's headwaters are located in Virginia. Here in Halifax County, the Roanoke River is situated on the Fall Line, a granite shelf where the elevation changes more than 100 feet over a nine-mile span. This fall line creates the rapids at Weldon. The rushing water is wonderful not only for kayakers but also for striped bass or rockfish, who journey here from the Atlantic Ocean each Spring to spawn. During keeper season in the months of March and April, more than 75,000 boats launch at the NC Wildlife boat landing in Weldon alone. There are plenty of other fish to be had in the Roanoke as well. Paddlers, including canoes, kayaks, row boats and, believe it or not, paddle boards, enjoy the annual Roanoke River Ramble, a nine-mile paddle from Weldon to Halifax, held the first Saturday of November each year. All year long, paddlers can enjoy the Roanoke River Partners riverside platform camping system with camping platforms from Halifax all the way to the Albemarle Sound.

Updated: February 16, 2017 10:57 amEST

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