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VDGIF Facility Closures & Alerts

Last Updated on June 14, 2016

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VDGIF Offices & Hatcheries

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Charles City (Region 1)

Offices

Limited Access
  • The parking area at the Region 1 Office in Charles City County will be sealed and painted on June 15th and 16th. Parking and access will be limited during this time frame. Please call (804) 829-6580 with any questions.
June 15, 2016 June 17, 2016

Wildlife Management Areas

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Cavalier WMA

Wildlife Management Area

Road Closure
  • As of May 20, 2016 the main entrance road will be closed to vehicular traffic past the second informational kiosk and parking area.
May 20, 2016 Until further notice
C.F. Phelps WMA

Wildlife Management Area

Prescribed Fire
  • A 100 acre prescribed burn is planned for Phelps WMA this week depending on favorable conditions. WMA users are encouraged to use caution while on the area and be mindful of staff activity, potentially hazardous smoke, and heavy equipment.
April 18-22, 2016 Until further notice
Cavalier WMA

Wildlife Management Area

Partial Closure
  • Hunters are advised that a portion of the Cavalier Wildlife Management Area is closed to hunting to allow for ongoing wildlife management and research. This map indicates the closure area.
April 1, 2016 Until further notice
Clinch Mountain WMA

Wildlife Management Area

Timber Harvest
  • Forest habitat improvement projects will begin soon in the Brier Cove, Jackson's Gap and Panther Lick sections of Clinch Mountain WMA. Timber harvested in these areas will be transported off the WMA on the main road system. Visitors to the Clinch Mountain WMA, Clinch Mountain Fee Fishing Area and Laurel Bed Lake could encounter logging trucks on the main road system. Logging will likely continue through the summer and fall of 2015. The timber harvest will improve forest habitat for a variety of wildlife species including ruffed grouse and deer.
June 2, 2015 Until further notice

Public Boat Access

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Anthony Ford #4

Boat Access on Smith Mountain Lake

Closed
  • The Anthony Ford boat ramp is closed for continuing asphalt resealing work.
May 23, 2016 May 27, 2016
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
Lestor Manor

Boat Access on Pamunkey River

Use Caution
  • Severe washout and erosion in front of train tracks on approach to landing. Use extreme caution when driving and trailering in the area.
June 13, 2016 Until further notice
Ancarrow's Landing

Boat Access on James River

Use Caution
  • Boaters are cautioned that launching and landing boats at Ancarrows landing may be challenging due to high levels of siltation. Extreme caution should be used at low tide. The City of Richmond Department of Parks and Recreation is aware of the issue and has secured a permit to dredge to restore sufficient water depth for navigation. Environmental regulations stipulate that this work cannot be performed until after the spawning season for a variety of fish species is complete in June. Please call 804.646.5933 with any questions.
April 15, 2016 Until further notice
Hammock

Boat Access on Messongo Creek

Use Caution
  • Due to sand build up beyond the ramp, please use caution launching and landing boats.
November 16, 2015 Until further notice
Princess Anne WMA

Boat Access on Back Bay

Use Extreme Caution
  • Due to storm damage to the bulkhead, navigational hazards exist at the entrance/exit of the canal. Use extreme caution.
October 8, 2015 Until further notice
Fox Hill

Boat Access on Back River

Caution Advised
  • Renovation project to take place between October 1, 2015 to February 1, 2016. Please use caution when launching and retrieving. For more information please contact: Please contact Andy Kelpac at Hurt and Profit: 434-847-7796 x677 or via email at : ask@handp.com
October 1, 2015 February 1, 2016
Lawnes Creek

Boat Access on James River

Caution Advised
  • Due to the recent destruction of the wave screen at this ramp, boaters are urged to use caution when launching or landing boats.
September 14, 2015 Until further notice
Back Bay

Boat Access on Back Bay

Use Extreme Caution
  • Heavy winter ice has resulted in damage to waterfowl blinds on Back Bay. These damaged structures may pose a variety of potential hazards to navigation including submerged pilings and other debris. Please use extra caution in navigating these waters.
June 5, 2015 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

Lakes, Rivers, and Streams

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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.
Chandler's Mill Pond

Lake

Closed
  • On Wednesday May 20, 2015 staff responded to a call about Chandlers Mill Pond and noted water draining around and under the concrete fish passage and spillway, due to internal erosion of the dam.
  • Due to safety concerns, and in order to prevent further erosion damage, the Department has opened spillway outflow pipes to begin a controlled drawdown of the 76-acre lake.
  • We currently have no firm timeline for repairs. We are still evaluating the state of the dam and alternatives. The scope and design of any eventual repair is still to be determined. We anticipate that it may take at least a year to make repairs - this timeframe allows for evaluating alternatives, finalizing engineering designs, securing funding and permits, and completing construction. Any number of unanticipated events/issues beyond our control may extend this timeline.
May 20, 2015 Until further notice
Shenandoah River - Main Stem

River

Bridge Closure
  • Until 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.
March 25, 2016 June, 2016
Lake Frederick

Lake

Trail Closure
  • A portion of the trail around Lake Frederick just west of the dam is closed until spring 2016. The trail is closed due to the construction of a new public fishing pier that is currently underway. There is no way to bypass the construction area; for safety purposes walkers will be required to turn around when they encounter the closed trail. Shea homes is completing the construction of the pier in accordance with an agreement between DGIF and the developer of the surrounding area. The public fishing pier will be made accessible to the public from the existing DGIF parking area and is expected to be open for use in spring 2016.
November 16, 2015 Until further notice
Laurel Bed Lake

Lake

Timber Harvest
  • Forest habitat improvement projects will begin soon in the Brier Cove, Jackson's Gap and Panther Lick sections of Clinch Mountain WMA. Timber harvested in these areas will be transported off the WMA on the main road system. Visitors to the Clinch Mountain WMA, Clinch Mountain Fee Fishing Area and Laurel Bed Lake could encounter logging trucks on the main road system. Logging will likely continue through the summer and fall of 2015. The timber harvest will improve forest habitat for a variety of wildlife species including ruffed grouse and deer.
June 2, 2015 Until further notice