Facility Closures & Alerts

Hidden ValleyParking for rock climbing is prohibited from October 1, 2016 through January 7, 2017 at the Low Gap parking lot on Hidden Valley Wildlife Management Area in Washington County. Use of the parking lot to access a rock climbing site on adjacent private property has grown to the point that all available parking spaces are taken at peak times. The parking lot was developed and is maintained with funds from the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Act. As a condition of funding, the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is required to restrict activities that interfere with the intended purposes, which in this case are hunting and other wildlife-dependent recreation.
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 anadramaous 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 beaverdams 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 this winter (Nov-Apr) due to pond renovation by the City of Alexandria Public Works. We should resume normal Channel Catfish stocking in spring 2017 and trout stocking fall 2017.
Powhatan LakesThe Upper Powhatan Lake and parking area with be closed for construction purposes starting August 1st, 2016. The upper dam will be renovated to meet new State Safety Standards. The construction is expected to take 4 months to complete and the closure is expected to last through the end of November.

The Lower Powhatan Lake and Lower Road will be closed Monday through Thursday during August, 2016 for construction purposes associated with the Upper Lake project. The Lower Lake and road will be opened to the general public Friday through Sunday in August.

Additional closures may be warranted for construction purposed, so please check the website or call (804) 367-1000 for updates.
Lake ThompsonLake Thompson has drained due to failing structural integrity of the riser and will be closed until further notice.
Byllesby PoolThe Byllesby Reservoir Boating Access on the New River in Carroll County will be closed due to low water levels beginning July 21, 2016. The water level in Byllesby Reservoir will be lowered by 10 feet to allow repairs to the water regulating structures in the dam, which is operated by Appalachian Power Company. The portage around Byllesby Dam will also be closed for the duration of this repair project.
Dutch GapCoxendale Road leading to Henricus Park and the Dutch Gap boat landing will be closed nightly from July 5 to July 20 to allow for reconstruction of the road. The road will be closed from the intersection with Old Stage Road to the boat ramp.

Each night during that time frame, the road will be closed to all traffic from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. The boat ramp, Henricus Park and the Dutch Gap Conservation area will all be closed at those times. The ramp, park and conservation area will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 pm.

During the day, there will be periodic lane closures from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Drivers should expect delays. During this period, boaters are encouraged to use the Osborne Landing at 9530 Osborne Turnpike as an alternate launch.
Gloucester PointThe Gloucester Point boat ramp is closed due to coastal flooding.
Little Page BridgeThere may be mud present on the boat slide due to recent high water.
Lestor ManorSevere washout and erosion in front of train tracks on approach to landing. Use extreme caution when driving and trailering in the area.
Peterson Yatch BasinBoaters are cautioned that launching and landing boats at Peterson Yacht Basin may be difficult due to high levels of sediment in the basin. Extreme caution should be used at low tide. The Newport News is aware of the issue is working to secure funding and permits to dredge. Please call (757) 886-7912 with any questions.
Ancarrow's LandingBoaters are cautioned that launching and landing boats at Ancarrow's landing may be challenging due to high levels of siltation. Extreme caution should be used at low tide. The City of Richmond Department of Parks and Recreation is aware of the issue and has secured a permit to dredge to restore sufficient water depth for navigation. Environmental regulations stipulate that this work cannot be performed until after the spawning season for a variety of fish species is complete in June. Please call 804.646.5933 with any questions.
Maury RiverFrom September 19–October 19, 2016, VDGIF will be undertaking stream restoration activities on the Maury River near Glasgow, VA in the vicinity of the Rte. 130 bridge. The river will remain passable at all times, but please use caution.
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.