In 2019, funding was approved by Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, through their Recreational Trails Program, to assist with a new boating, canoe, and kayak launch in South Boston. The site is located on the south side of the Dan River, at the US 501 (Huell Matthews Highway) bridge. The boat launch will accomodate motorized boats and non-motorized boats, canoes, and kayaks. SPDC staff is assisting with the DCR grant project, and the project has also received funding or assets from the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region's RiverBank Fund Grant Program and the Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation.