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Pulaski County is located in Southwestern Virginia in the heart of the New River Valley. Close to VA Tech, Radford University, Wytheville and Roanoke, it offers the advantage of being close to cultural attractions without the hustle and bustle of city life.
The shores of Claytor Lake offer two of Virginia's most visited state parks providing camping, cabin rentals, boat rentals and more. Popular activities at Claytor Lake include powerboating, sailing and various watersports.
Fishing has also become a major attraction at Claytor Lake. The most plentiful fish in the lake are bluegill, a form of sunfish. Catfish are also popular in Claytor Lake, some of them getting quite large (well over 50 lb). The main sporting varieties are largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and striped bass. Large and small mouth bass fishing tournaments are a regular seasonal event at Claytor Lake with weights of 15 to 20 lb per fisherman being an average winning catch. All tournament fishing is catch and release and most is done by local clubs. Striped bass fishing occurs year round with various techniques. The average "striper" (as they are commonly known) is about 8 lb but catches close to 30 lb have been reported.
The New River cuts through beautiful VA mountain scenery and features several major Class II-III rapids for white water rafting. However, plenty of flat water
exists for the less adventurous. The New River is recognized as one of two American Heritage rivers in Virginia. Along with the challenging fishing, you can sight eagles, osprey, otters and mink.