VDGIF Facility Closures & Alerts

Last Updated on August 15, 2014

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VDGIF Offices & Hatcheries

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King & Queen Fish Hatchery


  • Due to bridge work, the King & Queen Fish Hatchery will be closed 7/24/14.
July 24, 2014

Wildlife Management Areas

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White Oak Mountain WMA

Wildlife Management Area

Pete's Pond Drained
  • Pete's Pond has drained and will be managed as a wetland impoundment in the future. Additional ponds ranging up to 5 acres are scattered around White Oak Mountain WMA and are open for fishing. Please look for signs at access gates that say fishing pond.
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
Princess Anne WMA

Wildlife Management Area

  • The bulkheads along the canal at the Princess Anne WMA will be replaced beginning April 14, 2014. The boat ramp should remain open throughout this project, but parking may be limited at times due to the presence of equipment and work crews on site. Please note that the nearby Mill Landing Rd boat ramp is also available for launching during this time.
April 14, 2014 Until further notice
Highland WMA

Wildlife Management Area

Bridge Closure
  • The VDGIF swinging foot bridge crossing the Bullpasture River (within the Bullpasture Gorge) that accesses the Highland WMA is closed until further notice due to damage it received from ice and debris during high water events this past winter.
April 1, 2014 Until further notice
Hog Island WMA

Wildlife Management Area

Road Closure
  • The middle road on Hog Island that runs north & south is closed to all activities until further notice due to water control structure maintenance. This road closure does not affect access to the management area or other hiking trails. View the Hours of Operation (PDF).
August 24, 2012 Until further notice

Public Boat Access

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City Docks

Boat Access on Rappahannock River

Closure Notice
  • The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will be closing its City Dock Public Boat Landing on Sophia Street in Fredericksburg within the period approximating June 30 until August 31. The concrete boat ramps and courtesy piers will be replaced. In addition, an ADA accessible fishing trail will be constructed along with shoreline with three stations designed for shoreline fishing. These activities will necessitate closing the ramp and parking area.
June 30, 2014 August 31, 2014
Carter's Wharf

Boat Access on Rappahannock River

Closed for Renovations
  • Carter's Wharf will be closed approximately 60 days for renovations starting June 17, 2014. For more information please contact DGIF Capital Programs at 804-367-9587.
June 17, 2014 Until further notice
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
Meherrin Park

Boat Access on Meherrin River

Mud on Ramp
  • Due to recent flooding, there is mud on the ramp and dock at Meherrin River Park landing. Use extreme caution.
March 17, 2014 Until further notice
Little Page Bridge

Boat Access on Pamunkey River

Use Caution
  • Mud is present on the slide, please use caution.
January 28, 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
Byllesby Pool

Boat Access on New River

Low Pool Level
  • The winter flooding damaged the water control structure at Byllesby Dam on the New River. The pool level is much lower than normal, so the Byllesby boating access is only suitable for hand launching at this time. AEP owns and operates Byllesby Dam, and repairs are scheduled for June and July 2013.
April 11, 2013 Until further notice
Lodge Landing

Boat Access on Yeocomico River

Use Extreme Caution
  • Warning: Drop off and silt mound present beyond ramp. Use caution when launching and retrieving.
August 13, 2012 Until further notice

Lakes, Rivers, and Streams

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Appomattox River


Access to Harvell Dam
  • The gate to the parking lot at Harvell Dam, at the end of Johnson Alley, in the City of Petersburg, will be locked for the period approximating July 1 through August 31. Access will be restricted to authorized personnel only. A large portion of Harvell Dam will be removed to restore fish passage for migratory fish such as American shad and blueback herring as well as resident fish species.
July 1, 2014 August 31, 2014
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.
Lake Whitehurst


No Public Access
  • The Lake Whitehurst Fishing Station and Boat Ramp closed on November 1, 2009, due to Norfolk International Airport security needs and updated regulations issued by the Federal Aviation Administration. For more details, please see the Lake Whitehurst 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
Lake Smith


Closed for Construction
  • Lake Lawson/Lake Smith Natural Area located at 5381 Shell Road in the Bayside area of Virginia Beach will be closed to the public beginning Monday, November 18, 2013 through summer 2014 for a long-term construction project.
November 18, 2013 Summer 2014
Diascund Reservoir


Boating/Fishing Impacted During Dam Repairs
  • Newport News Waterworks is in the process of conducting repairs to the dam's spillway on Diascund Reservoir. The water level has been drawn down several feet to allow for the necessary repair work to be completed. Anglers should be cautious when operating boats on the reservoir. The repair work will most likely take until early 2014 to be completed.
July 19, 2013 Until further notice
Chickahominy Lake


Walkers Dam Closed to Fishing
  • Walkers Dam is temporarily closed to fishing. No one is allowed on the dam or boat lock structure.
Chickahominy River


Fishing Catwalk Access Area on Walker's Dam Closed
  • The fishing catwalk access area on Walker's Dam is closed due to boat lock failure. No one is allowed on the dam or near the boat lock structure. Anglers can still launch boats at the Rockahock Marina's boat ramp. Boat anglers should not tie their boats to the dam. Shore bound anglers can try their luck from various spots on the bank. Additional access may be attained from one of the boat piers if marina staff grants permission.