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Steel Bridge Boat Landing


The Steel Bridge Boat Landing sits at the uppermost end of Lake Gaston, which extends south into North Carolina. This area is sprinkled with numerous wetlands. Look along the edges of the lake for great blue and green herons, as well as the occasional great egret. In winter, the shallower waters attract a variety of waterfowl including gadwall, American widgeon and American black duck. The woodlands along the shore should be checked for migrating neotropical passerines, such as warblers, vireos, tanagers and orioles. These same woods hold ruby-crowned and their smaller cousin, golden-crowned kinglets in winter, as well as several species of sparrows.

The shoreline, covered with a mix of cattails, pickerelweed and water lilies, serves as an excellent platform to search for small dragonflies and damselflies. Look for eastern amberwing and blue dasher. Be sure to regularly check the sky overhead for turkey vultures, ospreys, and occasionally bald eagles, which nest nearby.


Coordinates for driveway entry point: 36.608992, -78.210051

From I-85, exit onto SR-903/SR-93 toward Bracey/Lake Gaston, turn left SR-903/SR-93/VA-637, turn left onto Goodes Ferry Road/SR-615, turn left onto US-1 South, and the pull-off is on the right just before the river.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Virginia DWR - Region 2 Office: 434-525-7522, Contact Us
  • Website
  • Access: Free, open daily. This site is only available for launching a boat to view wildlife from the river.

Seasonal Bird Observations


  • Accessible
  • Parking
  • Kayak/Canoe Launch
  • Site Viewable Only By Boat
  • Boat Ramp