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VDGIF Facility Closures & Alerts

Last Updated on March 5, 2015

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VDGIF Offices & Hatcheries

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Region 4 Offices (Verona, Fredericksburg)

Offices

Closing
  • Due to inclement weather, the Region 4 (Verona and Fredericksburg) offices will be closed on Thursday, March 5, 2015. The Region 2 office (Forest) will close at 1 PM. The Blacksburg office will close at 2:30 PM. The Headquarters (Richmond) and Region 1 offices (Charles City and Chesapeake) will close at 3 PM.
March 5, 2015 March 5, 2015

Wildlife Management Areas

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White Oak Mountain WMA

Wildlife Management Area

Road Closures
  • Interior roads on White Oak WMA will be closed due to deteriorating road conditions resulting from the recent wet weather. The seasonally opened road to the sighting-in range will re-open as soon as road conditions permit.
February 26, 2015 Until further notice
Clinch Mountain WMA

Wildlife Management Area

Closed
  • Due to heavy snowfall, the Clinch Mountain WMA access road has been gated at the Foot of the Mountain. The gate will be opened as soon as conditions improve.
February 18, 2015 Until further notice
Hidden Valley WMA

Wildlife Management Area

Closed
  • The gate at Hidden Valley has been closed due to inclement weather.
February 17, 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
  • VDOT is replacing a bridge on Sumerduck Road (Route 651), see the VDOT website for details. C.F. Phelps visitors should plan to use alternate routes if this closure is on the route they usually take to the WMA.
August 11, 2014 Until further notice

Public Boat Access

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Dublin

Boat Access on Claytor Lake

Closed
  • The gate at Hidden Valley has been closed due to inclement weather and the fact that the cove is frozen and launching a boat would be impossible.
February 18, 2015 Until further notice
Whitaker Hollow Park

Boat Access on S. Holston Lake

Low Lake Level
  • Closed due to low lake level.
December 29, 2014 Until further notice
Scruggs #8

Boat Access on Franklin River

Construction
  • Closed for renovation and construction from December 15, 2014 until further notice. For questions, please contact VDGIF at 434-525-752.
December 15, 2014 Spring 2015
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
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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Laurel Bed Lake

Lake

No Public Access
  • Due to heavy snowfall, the Clinch Mountain WMA access road has been gated at the Foot of the Mountain. The gate will be opened as soon as conditions improve.
February 18, 2015 Until further notice
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.
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
Diascund Reservoir

Lake

Boating/Fishing Impacted During Dam Repairs
  • Newport News Waterworks is in the process of conducting repairs to the dam's spillway on Diascund Reservoir. The water level has been drawn down several feet to allow for the necessary repair work to be completed. Anglers should be cautious when operating boats on the reservoir. The repair work will most likely take until early 2014 to be completed.
December 17, 2014 Until further notice