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.
Lake Smith, across Northampton Boulevard from the Little Creek side of Lake Whitehurst, is similar but lacks deep water. Its 193 acres average only five feet in depth. The largemouth bass population is good and there are opportunities to catch a citation. The lake also has white catfish, crappie, white perch, bluegill, and flathead catfish. However, the perch and bluegill populations are stunted.
Boat permits are required, and gas motors (up to 9.9 horsepower) are allowed. The City of Norfolk has amended their codes to allow boats with outboard motors larger than 9.9 horse power to access the lake if the outboard is disabled (prop removed or fuel removed). Bank fishing is restricted to an area around the fishing station. As with the other Norfolk lakes, the concession is closed. The boat ramp and parking area are part of a City of Virginia Beach park and hours are posted.