Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia

Martinsville  Philpott Lake Celebrates 65 Years!

2018 marks the 65th anniversary of Philpott Lake, located in Virginia’s Henry, Patrick and Franklin counties. Philpott Dam was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 1948-1953 to control flooding in the area and created beautiful Philpott Lake which is now a recreational hotspot in Southern Virginia.

Nestled among the rolling foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge, Philpott Lake is a scenic wonderland located in Martinsville.  The lake covers 3,000 acres with 100 miles of shoreline. The lake has eight campgrounds, six beach areas, and nine boat launches. Every year hundreds of thousands of visitors enjoy boating, fishing, camping and hiking at Philpott. The lake offers pleasure boaters and paddlers a variety of places to explore including hidden waterfalls, scenic rock outcrops and three islands. Deer Island, the largest of the three, offers nightly camp site rentals that are only accessible via boat.

The locals and visitors alike enjoy fishing the reservoir for walleye, smallmouth bass, carp and largemouth bass. in Martinsville, Philpott has played host to several regional and national fishing championships like the FLW College Fishing Tournament and the Fishers of Men Tournament. Throughout boating season, you can usually find a small group fishing tournament to join and take home the prize…bragging rights! In 2014, the Philpott Marina officially opened and now offers fisherman and boaters the convenience of not having to leave the lake to refuel or grab extra supplies.

Philpott Lake is also home to one of the most gorgeous spots in Southern Virginia; the overlook at the lake’s visitor center and recreation area. The overlook offers a stunning view of the lake and shoreline year-round and is especially beautiful in the fall. So whether you enjoy camping, fishing, or the simple beauty of nature, Philpott Lake is your year-round location for all things outdoors.