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VDGIF Facility Closures & Alerts

Last Updated on May 26, 2015

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VDGIF Offices & Hatcheries

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All VDGIF Offices

Offices

Operating on Normal Schedule
  • All VDGIF offices are currently operating according to normal schedule. Please note that the VDGIF Headquarters office has moved to a new location at 7870 Villa Park Drive, Suite 400 (Villa Park 3), Henrico, VA 23233-6510. Business hours: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

Wildlife Management Areas

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Amelia WMA

Wildlife Management Area

Standpipe Repairs
  • Starting Monday, April 27, 2015 the water level at Saunder's Pond will be lowered for standpipe repairs. The water level will be dropped about 4 feet for approximately 3 weeks. Amelia Lake will not be affected.
April 27, 2015 Until further notice
Big Woods WMA

Wildlife Management Area

Prescribed Fire Activities
  • Visitors are advised that the Department will be conducting prescribed Fire Activities at various units through the WMA. The management area remains open but visitors are advised to use caution traveling on WMA roads due to the presence of equipment and staff and the potential for decreased visibility.
March 16, 2015 Until further notice
Powhatan WMA

Wildlife Management Area

Road Closures
  • Sections of the administrative roads crossing over the Bass Pond and Sunfish Pond dams will be closed to horseback riding and mountain biking until further notice. For more details, please see the Powhatan WMA page on this site.
September 15, 2014 Until further notice
C.F. Phelps WMA

Wildlife Management Area

Construction
  • Route 651 (Sumerduck Road) in Fauquier County will reopen to traffic on Friday, May 22 after pavement markings are installed. This is the final work to be completed on the Sumerduck Run bridge project. Should weather create a delay, the road will reopen tomorrow with Unmarked Pavement signs posted, and the markings will be installed on Tuesday, May 26, with traffic flagged through the work zone.
August 11, 2014 Until further notice

Public Boat Access

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American Legion

Boat Access on Chandler's Mill Pond

Closed
  • Due to severe erosion that occurred at the spillway in May 2015, the pool has been lowered to protect the dam from further erosion until repairs can be made. The lake will be closed for public fishing until further notice.
May 20, 2015 Until further notice
Elizabeth River Park

Boat Access on Elizabeth River

Construction
  • Due to construction and renovation of the park the Elizabeth River Boat landing will be closed. For the latest information please check the City of Chesapeake's website.
May 7, 2014 Until further notice
City Docks

Boat Access on Rappahannock River

One Ramp Closed
  • Effective immediately, one of the two boat ramps at City Docks in Fredericksburg is closed for repairs until further notice. A concrete pad installed as an extension to the ramp has shifted, creating an obstacle and hazard when launching and retrieving boats. DGIF has implemented repair efforts and will reopen the launch when repairs are completed.
April 2, 2015 Until further notice
Little Page Bridge

Boat Access on Pamunkey River

Mud Present on Boat Slide
  • Use extreme caution: Due to high water, mud is present on the boat slide.
March 26, 2015 Until further notice
Ancarrow's Landing

Boat Access on James River

Use Extreme Caution
  • Warning: Rough entrance road (Brander Street a Richmond City maintained road). Drive slow and use caution. Mud may be present on dock and ramp use caution when launching and retrieving.
March 23, 2015 Until further notice
Hammock

Boat Access on Messongo Creek

Use Extreme Caution
  • Warning: Sand build up beyond ramp. Conditions may prevent launching and retrieving at low tide. Use extreme caution.
January 23, 2015 Until further notice
Lodge Landing

Boat Access on Yeocomico River

Use Extreme Caution
  • Warning: Drop off and debris mound present beyond ramp, especially during low water conditions. Use caution when launching and retrieving.
December 17, 2014 Until further notice
Peterson Yatch Basin

Boat Access on Hampton Roads

Use Caution
  • There is shallow water at low tide due to silting. Use extreme caution when launching and retrieving around low tide periods.
August 25, 2014 Until further notice
Lake Brittle

Boat Access on Lake Brittle

Boating/Fishing Impacted From Lowered Pool
  • Due to severe erosion that occurred in the spillway in July 2013, the pool has been lowered to protect it from further erosion until repairs can be made. While the lake will remain open for public fishing, the current boat ramp will not be usable. Boaters are invited to use hand-launch boats to access the lake for fishing, or to fish from the shoreline. The Department plans to complete repairs this spring and summer so the lake can be refilled by September 2014. The Department also plans to replace the courtesy pier while the pool is down.
Mid-October, 2013 Until further notice
Diascund Landing

Boat Access on Diascund Creek Reservoir

Low Water
  • Low water due to dam spillway repairs, use caution when launching.
July 23, 2013 Until further notice

Lakes, Rivers, and Streams

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Beaverdam Creek Reservoir

Lake

No Public Access
  • This reservoir was recently sold by the City of Fairfax to Loudoun Water Authority. The new owners have closed the lake to all public access (except apparently rowing) for at least four years (planned until late 2018). For more information, contact Mark Peterson at 571-291-7942.
Lake Manassas

Lake

No Public Access
  • Public access to Lake Manassas has not been available for several years. For details, please see the Lake Manassas page on this site.
Briery Creek Lake

Lake

Construction
  • Minor construction to remove vegetation from the emergency spillway and improve conditions at the dam toe is scheduled at Briery Creek Lake Dam from mid-May through the end of June. Some of the work will be conducted on the dike that is accessible from the fishing pier parking area. During active construction on the dike, no public access on or across the dike will be permitted.
May 20, 2015 Until further notice
Chandler's Mill Pond

Lake

Closed
  • Due to severe erosion that occurred at the spillway in May 2015, the pool has been lowered to protect the dam from further erosion until repairs can be made. The lake will be closed for public fishing until further notice.
May 20, 2015 Until further notice
Slate Lick Lake

Lake

Dam Repairs
  • The Shenandoah Valley Soil and Water Conservation District, owners of the Slate Lick dam will be draining the reservoir for the purpose of required repairs to the dam. The Conservation District plans to initiate the project in March. The reservoir will remain drained for an extended period of time while the repairs are completed. Work is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will not stock fish during the repairs. For more information contact the Conservation District at (540) 433-2853 ext. 3 or 1-800-528-3276.
February 7, 2014 Until further notice
Chesdin Reservoir

Lake

Damaged Handicapped-Accessible Fishing Pier
  • Due to significant vandalism that occurred the weekend of May 23, 2015, the handicapped-accessible fishing pier at Lake Chesdin is closed until repairs can made. Please check back in early June for an update on an anticipated re-opening date.
May 26, 2015 Until further notice
Diascund Reservoir

Lake

Low Water
  • Low water due to dam spillway repairs. Hand launch boats, canoes and kayaks only. Use caution when launching.
April 7, 2015 Until further notice