COVID-19 UPDATES: Keeping Visitors Healthy

Big Ridge State Park

Fishing

2020 COVID-19 Update

Most state park boat rental operations will open this summer. Hours and operating procedures will vary by park. Each park will implement additional safety and sanitation protocols to protect park staff and visitors and encourage social distancing. All boaters are encouraged to bring their own life jacket or approved personal floatation device (PFD).


Black Bass must be a minimum of 14 inches. Gas motors, and personal watercraft are not permitted on Big Ridge Lake. However, guests may rent jon boats, and pedal boats at the boat dock for use on Big Ridge Lake. Personal electric trolling motors can be used on park jon boats. The lake is open year round and boat rentals are available except during winter months.

Just minutes from the park are the coldwater tailwaters of the Clinch River. Wade fishing during non-generation periods is very productive for Rainbow, Brook and Brown Trout. Bigger trout are often taken by boat during generation flows.