Lake Pelham

Lake Pelham Adventures Park (

Address: 18019 Country Store Drive, Culpeper, VA 22701

If you’re looking for an inexpensive place to kayak or canoe, Lake Pelham is your spot. Watercraft hourly rates start at $5.00 per hour. Daily rates are only $20.00 per day. Rental hours of operation are May-October and usually run from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. You can check out this link for more information:

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Lake Pelham is only a 40-minute drive from Fredericksburg. It’s located in Culpeper and is adjacent to the Ole Country Store and Bakery. The Ole Country Store boasts made-to-order sandwiches and has the largest ice cream scoops for the best prices. Their ice cream comes from Krieder Farms in the Lancaster area of Pennsylvania. If you’ve been to the Battlefield Country Store in Spotsylvania, it’s almost a carbon copy of this store.

To rent a watercraft, you’ll need your driver’s license and the rental agreement. They usually have copies available, or you can print yourself. (Click HERE for a link to the rental agreement.) The rental facility also has lifejackets that you can borrow for free.

The rentals are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. On a busy day you may have to wait awhile.

Make sure to grab lunch or ice cream at the Ole Country Store and Bakery: The Ole Country Store & Bakery | Country Market | Culpeper VA.

You may want to make a day of it and stop at Yoder’s Country Market. Yoder’s has a small play area and petting farm. My kids love feeding the animals. You can buy feed inside the store. It’s only a 20-minute drive from Lake Pelham.

Yoder’s Address: 2105 S Seminole Trl, Madison, VA 22727 

Yoders Country Market, Inc. in Madison, VA, specialty grocery, baked goods, country store

If your kids need to run off some steam, then a stop at Rockwater Park may be the answer. It’s only a 5-minute drive from Lake Pelham. This park has a splash pad, an extreme obstacle course, a fun playground, an 18-hole disc golf course, and a 14- foot climbing boulder. The splash pad opened as of May 2, 2022.

Rockwater Park Address: 421 Madison Road
Culpeper, Virginia 22701

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