Facility Closures & Alerts

CavalierAs of July 1, 2016 the main entrance road will be closed to vehicular traffic past the second informational kiosk and parking area. This gate will remain closed until September 1, 2016. The side roads will remain closed throughout all hunting seasons.
Brunswick LakeWater level at Lake Brunswick is dropping and corrective measures are being taken. The lake level will continue to fall until equipment is installed to stabilize the water level. Please use caution, as the lake level drops, the boat ramp may become unusable. Timeframe for completed repairs is undetermined at present.
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 anadramaous 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 beaverdams 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.
Powhatan LakesThe Upper Powhatan Lake and parking area with be closed for construction purposes starting August 1st, 2016. The upper dam will be renovated to meet new State Safety Standards. The construction is expected to take 4 months to complete and the closure is expected to last through the end of November.

The Lower Powhatan Lake and Lower Road will be closed Monday through Thursday during August, 2016 for construction purposes associated with the Upper Lake project. The Lower Lake and road will be opened to the general public Friday through Sunday in August.

Additional closures may be warranted for construction purposed, so please check the website or call (804) 367-1000 for updates.
Byllesby PoolThe Byllesby Reservoir Boating Access on the New River in Carroll County will be closed due to low water levels beginning July 21, 2016. The water level in Byllesby Reservoir will be lowered by 10 feet to allow repairs to the water regulating structures in the dam, which is operated by Appalachian Power Company. The portage around Byllesby Dam will also be closed for the duration of this repair project.