VDGIF Facility Closures & Alerts

Last Updated on April 17, 2015

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VDGIF Offices & Hatcheries

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All VDGIF Offices


Operating on Normal Schedule
Headquarters Office (Richmond)


Office Closure and Relocation
  • The VDGIF Headquarters office is moving to a new location. On Monday, May 4, 2015, BOTH locations will be closed for business. On Tuesday, May 5, 2015, we will re-open at our new location at 7870 Villa Park Drive, Suite 400, Henrico, VA 23233-6510. Business hours: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday
May 4, 2015 May 5, 2015

Wildlife Management Areas

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Big Woods WMA

Wildlife Management Area

Prescribed Fire Activities
  • Visitors are advised that the Department will be conducting prescribed Fire Activities at various units through the WMA. The management area remains open but visitors are advised to use caution traveling on WMA roads due to the presence of equipment and staff and the potential for decreased visibility.
March 16, 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

  • 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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Scruggs #8

Boat Access on Franklin River

  • Closed for renovation and construction from December 15, 2014 until further notice. For questions, please contact VDGIF at 434-525-7522.
December 15, 2014 Spring 2015
Elizabeth River Park

Boat Access on Elizabeth River

  • 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
City Docks

Boat Access on Rappahannock River

One Ramp Closed
  • Effective immediately, one of the two boat ramps at City Docks in Fredericksburg is closed for repairs until further notice. A concrete pad installed as an extension to the ramp has shifted, creating an obstacle and hazard when launching and retrieving boats. DGIF has implemented repair efforts and will reopen the launch when repairs are completed.
April 2, 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.
March 26, 2015 Until further notice
Ancarrow's Landing

Boat Access on James River

Use Extreme Caution
  • Warning: Rough entrance road (Brander Street a Richmond City maintained road). Drive slow and use caution. Mud may be present on dock and ramp use caution when launching and retrieving.
March 23, 2015 Until further notice

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


No Public Access
  • The road is still gated at the foot of mountain. We are clearing roads and ditches and making road repairs. The gate will be opened when the road repairs are completed.
March 25, 2015 Until further notice
Beaverdam Creek Reservoir


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


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


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


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