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VDGIF Facility Closures & Alerts

Last Updated on August 28, 2015

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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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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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Anthony Ford #4

Boat Access on Smith Mountain Lake

To Be Closed
  • It is anticipated that the Anthony Ford Boat Access on Smith Mountain Lake will be closed for renovation beginning the end of September 2015 and continuing into the Fall of 2015. Dates will be posted as they become available.
September 2015 Fall 2015
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
Leesville Dam

Boat Access on Leesville Reservoir

Closed
  • Fishing access and parking at the Leesville Dam Tailrace immediately below the dam will be closed from August 18-21, 2015 for construction being conducted by AEP at the dam. It will reopen at 4PM on 8/21/15.
August 18, 2015 August 21, 2015
City Park

Boat Access on W. Branch Elizabeth River

Closed
  • Due to deteriorating ramp conditions the City of Portsmouth has closed the ramp until further notice. Planning is already underway for repairs. For more information please contact the City of Portsmouth Department of Parks and Recreation at 757-393-8481.
June 5, 2015 Until further notice
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
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
Princess Anne WMA

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
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
Lodge Landing

Boat Access on Yeocomico River

No longer managed by VDGIF July 1, 2015
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
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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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.
Spring Run

Fishing Access

Road Closure
  • We will be having a contractor on site as soon as the end of the week to start the road renovations. During the renovation the road will be closed to the public and also access to the Spring Run Catch and Release section. We expect the contractor to complete the project no later than September 30, 2015.
August 21, 2015 Until further notice
Chandler's Mill Pond

Lake

Closed
  • On Wednesday May 20th 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
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
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