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Webcam Provided by the Claytor Lake State Park Ambassadors
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If the live camera is offline scroll to the bottom for recorded video's

The Claytor Lake Underwater Webcam is around 15 feet deep and can experience occasional connectivity issues that may cause the stream to go offline from time to time. We apologize for this inconvenience when it occurs. Enjoy an underwater view of the lake and its inhabitants.

What kind of fish is that?
Below are some common fish you may see. Click on fish to learn more.


Channel Catfish

Gizzard Shad


Black Crappie


Flathead Catfish

Common Carp

Grass Carp

Grass Carp

Largemouth Bass

Hybrid Striped Bass

Alabama Bass

Striped Bass

Spotted Bass

Smallmouth Bass


Yellow Perch

What else could it be?
Below are more animals you may also see. Click on an animal to learn more.


Mystery Snail



Why is the light green at night?

Green-colored lights are used for several reasons. To start, it’s less intense than white light and is easier to look at. Unlike green light, white light does not do a good job of penetrating mud and algae particles in the water. Most importantly, the light starts a natural food chain that occurs on a daily basis when the moon, sun, or other artificial light is shined onto or near the water. Light attracts plankton which is a small microscopic animal that baitfish feed on. Once the plankton arrives the baitfish (alewives, shad) and gamefish will soon follow.

Why does the underwater visibility change?

Many different variables affect underwater visibility. If you are unable to see the habitat structure in the background of the webcam then lake visibility conditions are poor. A leading factor that affects underwater visibility are the particles in the water. Sediments are washed in by the river due to storms or just seasonal changes. Often, sediments are also stirred up on the lake bottom by animals, human activity in the lake, and currents on windy days. Organic particles are regularly visible from algae, pollen, bacteria, and other microorganisms (especially at night) and these can vary in intensity seasonally. Light can be a leading factor with visibility too. On a sunny day, you can often see more but sometimes only at specific angles. The intensity of the sun on a sunny day may actually silhouette objects whereas on a cloudy day the lighting is less intense and even. At night, you have low visibility because of a lack of light. Using artificial light is difficult at night due to backlighting particles in the water and the intensity of lighting needed to light up an area.

What am I looking at?

Located in the background of the webcam is an artificial fish habitat (MossBack fish habitat). This particular habitat is made of 100% recycled PVC and is placed horizontally to simulate a tree that has fallen into the water. In addition to different MossBack habitats in the lake, there are sunken recycled Christmas tree reef sites, spider blocks, rock mounds, dumbos, and cabled trees. Click here for a map of fish habitats in Claytor Lake.

Underwater Webcam Gallery

Below are some photos and videos from people like you! Watching something cool? Take a screenshot and send it to us to possibly add to the gallery.  If you can, try to adjust the video quality settings to a high resolution. 

Black Crappie
Largemouth Bass & Alewives
Bass eating Alewife
Yellow Perch
River Otter

Alewives and Yellow Perch



Bluegill & Bass

Bluegill School

School of Shad (10 minutes)


School of Black Crappie

Flathead Catfish

Grass Carp

Smallmouth Bass

An active day...


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