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VDGIF Facility Closures & Alerts

Last Updated on July 1, 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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Chickahominy WMA

Wildlife Management Area

Road Closure
  • The Mud Landing Road at Chickahominy WMA is closed due to erosion. The road is closed from the parking area to the river. Walk in fishing is still welcomed.
June 4, 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
Amelia WMA

Wildlife Management Area

Standpipe Repairs
  • Starting Monday, April 27, 2015 the water level at Saunder's Pond will be lowered for standpipe repairs. The water level will be dropped about 4 feet for approximately 3 weeks. Amelia Lake will not be affected.
April 27, 2015 Until further notice
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

Public Boat Access

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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
Gloucester Point

Boat Access on York River

Closed
  • Due to a special event the Gloucester Point boat ramp will be temporarily closed from 12:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. July 9th. Please consider using York County boating access facilities, Warehouse Landing in the town of Gloucester or Fox Hill in Hampton as alternative launch sites during this time.
July 9, 2015 July 9, 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
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
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
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
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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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.
Briery Creek Lake

Lake

Construction
  • Minor construction to remove vegetation from the emergency spillway and improve conditions at the dam toe is scheduled at Briery Creek Lake Dam from mid-May through the end of June. Some of the work will be conducted on the dike that is accessible from the fishing pier parking area. During active construction on the dike, no public access on or across the dike will be permitted.
May 20, 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