Fish Weir

By William T. Hathaway

Banister River Fish Weir

This fish weir built by local Native Americans was reported as “A Pigg River Fish Weir” on several of my CD-ROM presentations. After later close examination of the color slide, I realized that it was a Banister River Fish Weir.

This type of weir is generally defined as a low dam built in a river to back up or divert water through a prepared opening for catching fish. Since I photographed this weir, many changes have taken place in the rock arrangement; that is, several groups of outdoor, nearby campers have enjoyed remodeling the dam, resulting in structural disaster — but still recognizable. This weir site is located at the Banister Cliff about two miles north of Markham along Johnson Mill Road (VA 683).