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VDGIF Facility Closures & Alerts

Last Updated on February 9, 2016

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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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Smith Mountain Coop WMA

Wildlife Management Area

Roads Closed
  • The Smith Mountain Coop WMA roads on the Bedford County side are closed due to extremely wet road conditions as a result of the recent snow and subsequent rains.
February 5, 2016 TBD
White Oak WMA

Wildlife Management Area

Roads Closed
  • Roads in this WMA have been closed due to inclement weather and will reopen when road conditions permit. The gun range is now open.
January 21, 2016 TBD
Turkeycock WMA

Wildlife Management Area

Roads Closed
  • Roads in this WMA have been closed due to inclement weather and will reopen when road conditions permit.
January 21, 2016 TBD
Fairystone Farms WMA

Wildlife Management Area

Roads Closed
  • Roads in this WMA have been closed due to inclement weather and will reopen when road conditions permit.
January 21, 2016 TBD
Havens WMA

Wildlife Management Area

Roads Closed
  • Roads in this WMA have been closed due to inclement weather and will reopen when road conditions permit.
January 21, 2016 TBD
Featherfin WMA

Wildlife Management Area

Roads Closed
  • Roads in this WMA have been closed due to inclement weather and will reopen when road conditions permit.
January 21, 2016 TBD
Hog Island WMA

Wildlife Management Area

Roads Closed
  • All side roads, trails and fields are closed to public access until March 15, 2016 to reduce disturbance for migrating waterfowl on days the area is open to the public.
November 30, 2015 March 15, 2016
Doe Creek WMA

Wildlife Management Area

Hunters, Use Caution
  • The impoundments at Doe Creek are experiencing relatively low water conditions. This is primarily a rainwater driven system although there is supplementary pumping occurring.
November 18, 2015 Until further notice
Cavalier WMA

Wildlife Management Area

Hunters, Use Caution
  • Hunters are urged to use caution as crews may be present on the WMA performing habitat and survey work.
November 5, 2015 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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West Point

Boat Access on Mattaponi River

Construction
  • West Point ramp area to have intermittent service February 8 through February 11; contractor will have divers in the area and will manage the access. In addition to this work, the landing will be completely closed from February 15 thru February 22, due to concrete work and curing times.
February 8, 2016 February 22, 2016
Penhook #9

Boat Access on Smith Mountain Lake

Construction
  • Closed for renovation and construction from November 10, 2015 through Spring 2016. For additional information, contact VDGIF at (434) 525-7522.
November 10, 2015 Spring 2016
Town Point

Boat Access on East River

Closed for Renovation
  • Renovation project to take place between October 1, 2015 to February 1, 2016. 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
Lake Gordon

Boat Access on Lake Gordon

Closed
  • There will be a construction project at the Lake Gordon Dam from Sept. 8, 2015 - Winter 2016. Lake levels will be lowered 3.5 feet and the boat ramp, parking area, and dam area will be closed to the public. Questions may be directed to VDGIF at 434-525-7522.
September 8, 2015 Winter 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
Western Branch

Boat Access on W. Branch Reservoir

Dam Repairs December 28, 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.
December 14, 2015 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
Briery Creek

Boat Access on Briery Creek Lake

Use Extreme Caution
  • Fisheries biologists are lowering the level of Briery Creek Lake between 1.5 and 3 feet. The purpose of the drawdown is to expose the shoreline immediately around the lake at normal pool levels in an attempt to stimulate vegetation growth. Water levels will then be raised in late winter in an attempt to boost fish production in the newly flooded vegetation. Water levels will return to full pool by March 1, 2016 for the spawning and fishing season. This will not inhibit boat launching. During the drawdown, people should use extreme caution when launching and loading boats. Additionally, boaters should use caution as more standing timber has been exposed and even more trees are just below the surface. For additional information, contact fisheries biologist Dan Goetz at the Farmville office (434) 392-4369.
August 10, 2015 March 1, 2016
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
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
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