Facility Closures & Alerts

Notice: Continued flooding from the passage of Hurricane Florence continues to impact areas of Virginia creating potentially hazardous conditions. Mud and debris may be present on parking lots, docks and ramps. Please use caution when launching and retrieving boats and visiting our boating and fishing access sites. Our staff are addressing these issues as water levels recede and are cleaning and repairing sites as quickly as possible. Continued high water at many sites means it will take some time to address all access issues. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Notices
CavalierThe main road running north to south is closed after the fourth road (D Road), due to damage from the recent rainfall. Please check back for updates.
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.
Tomahawk PondBeginning in mid-April the water level in Tomahawk Pond will be lowered approximately 4 feet for repairs to fishing access areas. DGIF plans to continue stocking trout up to the drawdown date and meet the annual number of stockings for Tomahawk Pond. Fishing will continue to be permitted in non-construction areas such as the dam and areas contractors are not actively working. These improvements are made possible using funds from Forest Stamp purchases by anglers and hunters across the Commonwealth. Cooperative project of the US Forest Service and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
Big Tumbling Creek (Clinch Fee Fishing Area)

Anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts need to be aware of a recent road failure that occurred at the Clinch Mountain WMA along the gorge access road. Heavy persistent rains caused the roadway to collapse on February 19, 2018. As a result, public vehicular access is restricted to the WMA boundary along Big Tumbling Creek to the gate at the foot of the mountain into the foreseeable future until repairs can be made. This closure will limit access to the gorge area and above along Big Tumbling Creek (Section D), Laurel Bed Lake, mobility limited angler access areas, and the shooting range. Current plans are to manage the fee fishing area during the 2018 season from the lower boundary where Section A begins upstream to include Section C. Section D and the mobility limited fishing access areas will not be stocked in 2018 until after road repairs can made and the road reopened.

Tumbling Creek Road Repair Update: September 5, 2018

Stocking during the 2018 Fee Fishing Season will be as follows:

Monday: Section B – Starting at the bridge above the WMA manager’s residence upstream to the gate at the bottom of the mountain. Section C – (foot access) Foot of the mountain upstream to the mouth of Red Creek.

Wednesday: Section A – The beginning of the fee area upstream to the WMA shop.

Friday: Section B and Section C

Saturday: Section A

More information can be obtained by contacting the Marion Regional Office (276-783-4860).

Clarkton BridgeClarkton Bridge Boat Landing, located just off Rt. 620 (Clarkton Bridge Road), in Charlotte County has been permanently closed to public access. Boaters are encouraged to use the DGIF Boat Landing located off US 501 at Brookneal or the Watkins Bridge Boat Landing on Rt. 746 north of Clover.
Hoskin's CreekBeginning Monday, September 10, 2018, the Hoskin's Creek boat ramp and fishing pier in Tappahannock, Virginia will be closed for renovation. The project is anticipated to take up to 90 days, although inclement weather can impact this time frame. This is a much-needed project to upgrade the failing ramp, launch pier, and fishing platform on Hoskin's Creek in a popular stretch of the Rappahannock River. Please consider the DGIF ramps at Carters Wharf, Totuskey, and Simonson in Richmond County and Mill Stone in Middlesex County, as well as the several pay ramps in the area as alternative launching spots during this time period. For questions related to the project please contact Ed Carr, Virginia DGIF Project Manager, at ed.carr@dgif.virginia.gov or 804-367-8311.
Ruritan LakeThe Fluvanna - Ruritan Lake boat ramp will be closed beginning October 8, 2018, until further notice.
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.
WhitethornePlease note that parking is only allowed in the DGIF parking lot adjacent to the boat ramp. Because of safety concerns, parking on railroad property on the opposite side of the tracks is prohibited. DGIF is working to secure additional overflow parking arrangements. Please respect private property and comply with posted regulations.
Crooked CreekDue to storm damage, Harrison Ridge Road is only accessible by four wheel drive vehicles. This is a VDOT-maintained road and, at this time, it is unknown when repairs will be completed.
RapidanPublic vehicular access to the Rapidan WMA has been restored to the Middle River Tract via Route 615/Bluff Mountain Road. However, it is strongly recommended that anyone wanting to drive into this area should do so with a 4WD vehicle due to the existing conditions. Foot traffic is still allowed throughout the tract. DGIF and a number of partners have worked together to improve access to the Rapidan Tract. Even with these improvements, it is still a good idea to use a 4WD vehicle to reach this part of the WMA.
Fluvanna RuritanThe Department is completing repairs to the access road and boat landing area at Fluvanna Ruritan Lake. The repairs are needed to fix drainage and erosion issues at the site. The project is scheduled to start October 8th, 2018 and is estimated to take two months to complete. During construction, the access to Fluvanna Ruritan Lake and the boat landing will be closed to the general public (expected closure time frame is October 8th through December 15th, 2018). We apologize to our constituents for any inconvenience the closure causes and will update this notice with any changes to the construction schedule or facility closure information.
Hearthstone LakeHearthstone Lake has a scheduled drawdown this coming fall and winter due to necessary repairs to the dam. Currently the drawdown is planned to begin in November. The lake will be refilled once construction is complete. Trout will not be stocked during the fall of 2018 or until construction and lake refill has been completed. Call the DGIF Verona Regional Office at 540-248-9360 for more information regarding the drawdown. We apologize for any inconvenience.
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.
Little Page BridgeDue to recent flooding mud and debris maybe present on the slide. Use caution when launching and retrieving.
Laurel Bed LakeAnglers and other outdoor enthusiasts need to be aware of a recent road failure that occurred at the Clinch Mountain WMA along the gorge access road. Heavy persistent rains caused the roadway to collapse on February 19, 2018. As a result, public vehicular access is restricted to the WMA boundary along Big Tumbling Creek to the gate at the foot of the mountain into the foreseeable future until repairs can be made. This closure will limit access to the gorge area and above along Big Tumbling Creek (Section D), Laurel Bed Lake, mobility limited angler access areas, and the shooting range. For more information on stocking during the 2018 fee fishing season, please see the Big Tumbling Creek (Clinch Fee Fishing Area) section. Tumbling Creek Road Repair Update: September 5, 2018
Ancarrow's LandingDue to recent high water events, mud and slippery conditions may be present. Use caution when launching and retrieving.