If water sports are more appealing you may participate in canoeing, kayaking, or fishing on the Roanoke River. Explore Park is an excellent launch point for a voyage down the river to Smith Mountain Lake. The float from Back Creek to Hardy Bridge at Smith Mountain Lake is seven miles. Rutrough Point is located at the end of Rutrough Rd. $3.00 per person payable on site at the fee drop post. Fishing is also enjoyable year ‘round. The Point – at the confluence of Back Creek and the Roanoke River – is a local favorite for catching stripers, catfish, and bass. Virginia Fishing Licenses are required, but are not available for purchase at Explore Park. For information on fishing licenses, visit the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries web site at www.dgif.state.va.us.