Whitethorne Public Boat Launch

5265 Whitethorne Road, Blacksburg, VA 24060

The Whitethorne Boat Launch is shown leading down to the New River and is flanked by trees and grassy areas in the late afternoon sun on a summer day.
Whitethorne Public Boat Launch provides access to the New River in the McCoy area of Montgomery County, and is a prime location for fishing. There is a concrete ramp for easy launching of water craft. Limited trailer parking is available. 

Beginning January 1, 2021 any person using a Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR)-owned or managed facility, including boat access sites, must have a valid Virginia hunting, trapping, or fishing permit, a Restore the Wild membership, an access permit, or current certification of boat registration issued by DWR to use the facility. This does not apply to persons under the age of 17 or passengers with a permitted operator. The operator must have a permit. For more information, visit the Virginia DWR Boating Access Site Use FAQ.

American Whitewater provides information about water levels and boating for the McCoy area of the New River.

A view from the riverbank of the New River next to the boat launch on a sunny summer day.
Designated as a State Scenic River, the New River is considered the second oldest river in the world after the Nile River. Additionally, the New River is one of only a few rivers that flow northward. Many say it has the best smallmouth bass fishing in the state.

A view looking down the New River showing mature trees along the riverside and dappled reflections in the water.


Follow McCoy Road to State Route 623 in Blacksburg, and take a left across the train tracks just after passing Kentland Farm.

Montgomery County
Government Center
755 Roanoke St., Ste. 1E
Christiansburg, VA 24073

Phone: (540) 382-6975
Fax: (540) 382-4596
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Hours: Mon.-Fri.,
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.