Facility Closures & Alerts

Notices
CavalierThe main road after the first parking lot is closed 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. It is unclear at this time as to how long the road closure will be in effect.

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.
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.
Fox HillThe floating kayak launch at Fox Hill boat ramp is closed due to damage until further notice. The remaining boat ramp facilities at this site remain open.
Shenandoah River - Main StemUntil an estimated finish of June 2018, the Route 624 bridge over the Shenandoah River will be demolished and rebuilt. For safety reasons, the Morgans Ford access area will be closed to the public during this time. Unless you are entering the river from private property downstream of Morgans Ford, the next downstream public access location is at Berrys Ferry at the Route 17/50 bridge. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
Big Woods - Parker's Branch TractDGIF will be engaging in habitat management at the Big Woods WMA - Parker's Branch Tract on Friday, April 20, 2018, burning 273 acres as indicated on the map. This work benefits a wide variety of species, from wild turkey and deer to songbirds and pollinators. Recent weather has made accomplishing this important work difficult and crews will be taking advantage of favorable conditions. Estimated ignition time will be 10:30 AM.
Lake GordonLake Gordon has been drawn down to allow for shoreline maintenance work. The project will last until early summer. The boat ramp will remain open and bank fishing is welcome. For questions please call Dan Michaelson at (434) 392-4369.
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.
PowhatanDue to recent heavy rains and flooding, the public access road leading to the Lower Powhatan Lake has been damaged and rendered impassable. This section of road will remain closed until further notice.
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.
Ancarrow's LandingDue to recent high water events, mud and slippery conditions may be present. Use caution when launching and retrieving.