Lake Thompson, a 10-acre lake on the VDGIF's G. Richard Thompson Wildlife Management Area in Fauquier County, experienced a second draining in summer 2010 (similar to the incident in 2008). The drain near the lake bottom failed somewhere along its course upstream of the outlet pipe and, unfortunately, was not fixed before the failure became clogged (probably by mud) last time which allowed refilling. VDGIF engineers, in consultation with contract dam safety engineers, will continue to evaluate potential repair possibilities to the drain system and conduct additional assessments of the entire outlet structure and emergency spillway that need extensive renovations to meet current Department of Conservation and Recreation Dam Safety Standards.
The lake level is currently full. VDGIF will resume trout stockings beginning in January 2013.
To reach Lake Thompson, take Interstate 66 to the west of Marshall, VA. Take exit 18 to (Route 688) at Markham, VA. Travel north on Route 688 for about 4 miles. Along the way, you will pass by the first WMA parking lot on your left. Continue to travel up 688 past the orchard and winery until you see the second parking lot on the left for Lake Thompson.
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 »