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Slate Lick Lake

Public Notice:

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.

This 10-acre impoundment is located in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests in western Rockingham County. It is stocked with harvestable sized brook trout and fingerling channel catfish, and it also contains a good largemouth bass and sunfish population. Catfish fishing opportunities were further improved in 1997 with the stocking of catchable size (average 1.2 pounds) channel catfish. A creel limit of four-fish-per-day was placed on channel catfish to promote better catfish angling. A 14-inch minimum length limit was established for largemouth bass in 1997 to increase the predator population to "thin out" the now abundant sunfish.

Access to the lake is restricted, requiring a 0.8-mile hike from the gate on Forest Development Road (FDR) 230, off Route 817. A trout license is required to fish these waters from October 1 through June 15.