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Beaverdam Swamp Reservoir

This 635-acre reservoir is located just outside of the Gloucester Courthouse. The reservoir and park provide a variety of opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast. There are trails for hikers, bikers and horse riders. You may see deer, turkey, and bald eagles, as well as a variety of waterfowl. In 2001, you may have caught a glimpse of Stephen Spielberg who was using the park as a set for the film Minority Report starring Tom Cruise.

The reservoir was constructed in 1989 and reached full pool level during the winter of 1989-1990. Bluegill, channel catfish, redear sunfish and black crappie are the only fish to have been stocked in this reservoir. The largemouth bass population became established on its own from bass that lived in the streams and several surrounding farm ponds that were encompassed by the impoundment.

Sampling in 1990 showed largemouth bass had become overabundant as a consequence of the high reproductive success of the remnants of the resident pre-impoundment population. A nine-day special largemouth bass-only season was introduced in September 1991 to reduce the number of bass. The reservoir was opened to fishing for all species in September 1992.

Beaverdam Swamp Reservoir contains abundant populations of largemouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, bluegill, and redear sunfish. The reservoir has been a popular spot for bass anglers and the park conducts several bass tournaments throughout the year.