Rivenridge at Piney Forks
A gorgeous haven for brook trout second to none in Virginia. Encompassing both the South Fork and North Fork of the Piney River, our unique, private section of the Piney includes two miles of streams nestled in the southern end of the George Washington National Forest.
One moment you can catch abundant native brook trout in the North Fork, a freestone stream, then move to our pond where novice and stillwater anglers can pull in sizable rainbows and brook trout up to 20", and later proceed to the South Fork for chunky brookies up to 4 pounds stocked amidst hard-fighting native brookies. Enjoy tremendous variety without hours in transit. Fly fishing only, catch and release.
CONTACT US or call 434-385-0200 to book your trip at Rivenridge.
If you have already confirmed dates with Anglers Lane, you can make deposit here.
Rivenridge offers 5 bedrooms and two baths and a sleep sofa, and can house up to 10 people. Renting the lodge works like a house at the beach--we provide linens, towels, kitchen facilities and a cleaning service after you visit.
We offer guided trips for beginners, novices or anyone wishing to learn the stream with assistance, as well as day passes for more experienced anglers.
Overnight Rivenridge at Piney Forks
Group (7-12 persons) $795
Includes lodge rental and sales tax, plus fishing rights for day of arrival OR day of departure at Rivenridge. Groups of 4 or more wishing to fish day of arrival and departure may add a second day for 1/2 overnight rate of the group, pending availability.
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Full Day Walk & Wade
2-Person $425 total daily
1-Person $375 total daily
Guide, private access on our property, lunch, equipment use (fly rods & reels and waders if you need them).
Va state fishing license, guide tip at client discretion, lost flies.
Half Day Walk & Wade
2-Person $425 total daily
1-Person $375 total daily
4-hours fishing; lunch not included on half day.
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Rivenridge at Piney Forks is located 30 minutes from Wintergreen Ski Resort, and one hour from both Lynchburg and Charlottesville, VA, 90 minutes from Roanoke, VA; 2.5 hours from Richmond and 3 hours from Alexandria, Va.
Rivenridge is an ideal getaway for groups, from family reunions to teambuilding. If fly fishing rookies are in the group, or those needing a refresher course or assistance on the stream, the guides at Angler's Lane can provide casting instruction and guided you to the fish so everyone can enjoy Rivenridge.
Clients bring their meals for our fully equipped kitchen. We also have an outdoor grill available for use. For those wishing to eat out, Riverview Market in Lowesville 17 minutes away serves 3 meals a day and added a dining area in early 2020. Also visit The Lovingston Cafe (434-263-8000) 25 minutes away or the Briar Patch (434-946-2249) 30 minutes away in Amherst. Riverview Market in Lowesville is a good stop for emergency groceries, while Food Lion in Lovingston or Amherst are the closest large grocery stores (by country standards). More exotic fare available at Whole Foods, Wegmans, Trader Joe's in Charlottesville or Kroger in Lynchburg or your nearest big-city market.
For sit down meals Riverview Market (Lowesville) now has limited sit-down, offers Subs, hot dogs, hamburgers. For longer sit-down meals check out The Briar Patch (Amherst), The Filling Station (Amherst) and Devil's Backbone Brewery (Roseland).
Most Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are arrival and departure times for Rivenridge overnight stays?
All overnight bookings are for 24-hour periods with two choices:
9am-9 am or 6 pm to 6 pm
The first client to book the lodge for available date(s) may choose which check-in time they prefer.2. What type of licenses do we need?
Virginia residents 16 and over need a valid Va freshwater fishing license and for the North Fork side of stream adjacent to our property a National Forest Permit. Non-Virginia residents 12 and over need a valid Virginia freshwater fishing license and also a National Forest Permit. If you are over the age of 65 you do not need a national forest permit but still need a Va fishing license. Note: You do not need a Va Trout license to fish Rivenridge but the moment you leave our property upstream on the South Fork, or if you fish the Piney proper (aka Big Piney) then you do need a Va Trout license between October 1 and June 15. The South Fork and Piney River proper are designated,[aka state-stocked] trout waters beyond our property. Most clients never leave our property.3. Can we keep fish? Can we spin fish?
No to both questions, Rivenridge is fly fishing only, catch and release! We do not like to kill our business associates. While we have nothing against spin fishermen personally, we are a fly shop and agree with the owners that fly fishing is the most sporting way to fish for trout.4. What are the borders of Rivenridge?
Rivenridge property includes ~ 3/4 mile on the South Fork and ~ 1.25 miles on the North Fork of the Piney, and borders are as follows: Upstream on the South Fork the National Forest is our border, and is noted by red paint on trees and a string of our posted signs. Upstream on the North Fork the National Forest is our border at confluences of Louisa Springs branch, and is noted by red paint on trees; our posted signs appear in the stream here facing upstream. The confluence of the North Fork and South Fork is our border on the downstream or southeast side. Do not fish on the Piney River proper (river below the confluence of the South Fork and North Fork) between our property and the state stocked water.5. Will we see anyone else on the property?
If you book Rivenridge overnight for a party of four or more then we do not allow another fishing party. Of course you may see a Rivenridge owner or Angler's Lane associate doing maintenance there or traversing the property, but such sightings are rare. We have one downstream neighbor who could be fishing at the junction. If you see anybody fishing on property who does not have written permission, contact us immediately: 434-385-0200. If you book for DAY passes with fewer than four rods, then we may place another rod on the stream with consent of our overnight guest(s) who have first choice of where to fish.6. How clean can we expect the lodge to be upon arrival? In the spectrum between the Ritz and a fishing shack where is Rivenridge?
By far the most difficult question. While we have a cleaning service, Rivenridge is clearly a mountain cabin. Years ago it was "The Clubhouse," a men's only retreat where owners and friends escaped to fish and enjoy Amherst county moonshine. We clean the lodge the day before your arrival but by its nature you may encounter small bugs or wildlife which you would expect in the mountains, so please don't freak out. In early spring we have a week or so of lady bugs. Almost any time you may see an occasional ant or similar under the bed, usually deceased. We vacuum and clean it before your arrival but as a mountain cabin it will not be perfectly void of any sign of life. It is not for big-city folks who have never stayed in a mountain cabin and really don't want to fish. Think of it as a mountain men's club recently just opened to ladies and you should be ok.7. How should we leave the lodge? What about linens, towels etc?
Leave beds unmade or lay sheets on washer/dryer ground floor near inside air handler. Please take trash if you can to dumpster on Rte 665 Warwick Barn Rd in Piney River (~ 1/4 mile west of Rte 151). Cleaning crew will remake beds and vacuum etc for next guests.8. In counting group size do you distinguish between fishing and non-fishing clients?
No. (Most clients find it impossible to resist the urge to fish.)9. What are the best times of year to fish?
One can fish Rivenridge from late February - late November so long as the water level is sufficient. If the USGS Piney River gauge is over 20 cfs and under 400 cfs the Piney is fishable, with 20 - 39 cfs being ok, 40cfs to 50cfs being good and 50 cfs - 200 cfs our ideal range. (We have fished it above 400 cfs with sink tips.) Typically March - June and late September - early November are best for these water levels. In fall we have fished as low as 15 cfs if water temps are mid-60s (F) or cooler. For more info, please call Anglers Lane and we'll review.10. Billing - what is deposit & cancellation policy?
At time of booking we require a 50% deposit with balance due a day or two before the trip. Once you make deposit your room is reserved. (Store is located away from lodge and is not open Sundays.) If you have to reschedule we work with you with sufficient notice to reschedule. As a policy we do not provide outright refunds because, like airline flights, we cannot resell these days as we get closer to the event without taking a bath.11. How do we get into the lodge?
A day before your stay ask Angler's Lane for (a) combo to gates and (b) location of house key. The first gate has two combo locks; use the bronze one. See pic below for correct method of locking 2nd gate (the one at the crossing 15' from the South Fork of the Piney after you ford the stream) and for inserting combo in correct row. Make every lock a relevant link in the chain of locks. Set correct combo numbers onto the TOP ROW where 0000 is shown below--not middle row.
12. Where do we leave trash when we depart?
If you have a small amount, ie just in trash cans then cleaning service will handle it within 24 hours of your departure. If you have smelly stuff and want to help us, then take to Dumpster near 1098 Warwick Barn Rd in Piney River
13. What type of trout can we expect to catch?
Native brook trout in both the South Fork and North Fork of the Piney River are the feature of Rivenridge. Also in the South Fork you may occasionally catch a wild brown trout which took after the state ceased stocking browns in the Piney. Although we stock the South Fork frequently and generously with 10' - 15" Labrador brook trout, do not expect the stocked brooks in this section to behave the way they do at lower gradient stocked streams where you may fish! Otter, American eels, and other predators will work them over if they "sit" in the middle of the stream in highly visible locations. Just because you do not see stocked fish does not mean they are not there. While the stocked fish satisfy one's appetite for size, the pristine brookie fishing is the main attraction for most anglers!
Water flows on the Piney River, USGS Flows - Piney River, located at community of Piney River.
Extend your stay with us by adding in a trip to our newest lodge, Stonesthrow on Jackson, located on the tailwater section of the Jackson River between I-64 and Hot Springs Va.
Rivenridge lodge and fishing South Fork and North Fork
Rivenridge South Fork - Dry fly take - Field Rock Pool
Directions to Rivenridge.