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Conway River

The Conway River drains the east slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and for most of its length forms the boundary between Greene and Madison Counties. The Conway is a medium gradient, heavily forested mountain stream that is located on the Rapidan Wildlife Management Area and the Shenandoah National Park. The headwaters of the Conway and its tributaries are inhabited by brook trout, while the middle and lower reaches of the river hold excellent populations of both brook trout and brown trout.

Maps & Directions

Access to the headwaters of the Conway River can be gained by turning west onto Rt. 230 off of Rt. 29 and heading towards Wolftown. Turn right at Wolftown Store onto Rt. 662. Bear left onto Rt. 615 at Graves Mill and continue until you reach the Conway River.

Access to the lower Conway can be found by heading west on Rt. 230 from Rt. 29. Turn right onto Rt. 667 and continue till the road ends at the Shenandoah National Park boundary gate. Parking is very limited at this location.

Rapidan Wildlife Management Area Map


The Conway River and it’s tributaries within the Shenandoah National Park and Rapidan Wildlife Management Area are managed as a special regulation trout fishery. Only single point hook artificial lures may be used. No bait may be in possession while fishing these waters. A minimum size limit of 9 inches and a daily limit of 6 fish are in effect while fishing the Conway and its tributaries.

Anglers can expect to find most brook trout in the 7″ to 9″ range, with the occasional fish up to 10″. Brown trout generally range 8″ to 1″, with a few trophy fish up to 18″ caught in the lower reaches of the river.

Biologist Reports

  • None available at this time.
  • Facilities, Amenities, and Nearby Attractions

    No developed facilities exist.

    More Information

    Additional information can be obtained by calling:

    Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources
    Fredericksburg Regional Office


    Shenandoah National Park