Lake Robertson is a 31-acre impoundment tucked in the mountainous terrain of western Rockbridge County. The lake was constructed in 1971 and appropriately named in honor of an ardent sportsman, Senator A. Willis Robertson. Lake Robertson is the focal point for a 581 acre tract of agency land, most of which is managed for hunting. Approximately 75 acres are leased to Rockbridge County to operate a park and recreation facility around the lake.
Lake Robertson is a crystal clear lake with an average depth of 18 feet. The lake's clarity poses some challenges for fishermen. Trophy largemouth bass are frequently seen cruising the shallows in spring and fall, but warily swim off when approached by anglers. The clear water also allows for sunlight penetration, encouraging the growth of curleyleaf pondweed and elodea. Sterile grass carp have been stocked to help control water weeds. Old roadbeds, house foundations, and springs are located on the lake's bottom, so anglers who have done their homework will easily locate fish.
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) will require an Access Permit for visitors to department-owned Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and public fishing lakes effective January 1, 2012, who are age 17 and older, unless they possess a valid Virginia hunting, freshwater fishing, or trapping license, or a current Virginia boat registration. Learn more about the Access Permit »