Facility Closures & Alerts

Albemarle LakeAlbemarle Lake is in need of major control tower repairs and dam renovations to meet new dam safety requirements. The Department is planning to complete the repairs to the dam and control structure starting this spring (2018). During construction, the lake will be lowered considerably and the facilities (lake and access roads) will be closed to recreational activities. The expected start date of the project is March 15th, 2018 and is expected to last 5 months until completion. The Department understands this is an inconvenient time of year, but these repairs are necessary and limited to this time frame for construction due to funding and scheduling around other priority projects. We apologize to our constituents for any inconvenience and will update this notice with any changes to the construction schedule or facility closure information. If you are looking for other waters to visit in the Charlottesville area, please look at the listings under Albemarle County on our lakes webpage.
Chandler's Mill PondThe Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and landowners adjoining the Chandler’s Mill Pond Dam have come to an agreement in principle regarding needed easements to allow the repair/renovation of the Chandler’s Mill Pond Dam to move forward. These documents will be submitted for approval to the Department of Real Estate Services and the Office of the Attorney General. We can now finalize our engineering for the renovation, submit needed permit applications and open bidding for the construction. Our expected timeline for these processes to be completed makes construction in the spring/summer of 2017 likely. Performing this work during the spring required an additional level of environmental review to ensure it doesn’t pose an unacceptable risk to anadromous fish that might use the watershed to move from the Chesapeake Bay into fresh waters to breed. This includes species such as striped bass, shad and alewives. Extensive sampling of Chandler’s Mill Pond over many years has resulted in no records of any anadromous species, despite the presence of a fish ladder of the existing dam. Numerous beaver dams downstream of Chandler’s Mill Pond prevent these fish from moving up the watershed to the project area. The new dam structure will be designed with a natural fishway to maintain connectivity between Chandler’s Mill Pond and downstream waters, especially for species such as American eel.
Cook LakeThe Urban Fishing Lakes will NOT be stocked with trout due to pond renovation by the City of Alexandria Public Works. The site is out of commission for at least all of 2017 due to extensive renovation and we do not have an estimate of reopening at this time.
Greenvale CreekBoaters are advised that the U.S. Coast Guard has determined that due to extreme shoaling Greenvale Creek in Lancaster County is no longer considered a navigable waterway. Consequently the Coast Guard has removed all navigational markers. Boaters should exercise caution when attempting to navigate Greenvale Creek and should be particularly aware of tides.
Fox HillThe floating kayak launch at Fox Hill boat ramp is closed due to damage until further notice. The remaining boat ramp facilities at this site remain open.
Shenandoah River - Main StemUntil an estimated finish of June 2018, the Route 624 bridge over the Shenandoah River will be demolished and rebuilt. For safety reasons, the Morgans Ford access area will be closed to the public during this time. Unless you are entering the river from private property downstream of Morgans Ford, the next downstream public access location is at Berrys Ferry at the Route 17/50 bridge. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
Powhatan PondsBeginning July 3rd, 2017 the lower end of Deer Lane (Route 662) on the Powhatan Wildlife Management Area will be closed to vehicular traffic until further notice due to vandalism and road conditions. The closed section includes the last quarter-mile of road continuing down to the boat landing at the Sunfish Pond. This section will remain open to foot traffic and non-motorized vehicles. The Sunfish Pond will remain open for fishing and carry-in watercraft use. Please refer to the Powhatan Ponds webpage for updates.
Laurel Bed LakeThe gate at the foot of the mountain is closed due to a landslide in the section of road above the switchbacks. There will be no vehicle access to Laurel Bed Lake, Barrier Free Access, or the shooting range until the road can be repaired.
Ancarrow's LandingDue to recent high water events, mud and slippery conditions may be present. Use caution when launching and retrieving.