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Three Lakes Park

Three Lakes Park

Three Lakes Park is owned and operated by Henrico County. It's located in the northeastern portion of the county on Wilkinson Road, one mile east of Rt. 301. The three lakes are actually old borrow pits dug during the construction of I-64. They now serve as the main attraction for the park. Fishing is allowed in two of the three lakes (No. 1 is 7 acres and No. 3 is 5 acres). The middle lake (No. 2) has a nature center with a large aquarium embedded in the shoreline, and it is closed to fishing. The nature center was badly damaged during Hurricane Isabel, and at the time of this report, was still being rebuilt. No boats are allowed, but most areas of Lake No. 1 can be accessed along the shoreline, at the picnic pavilion, and/or from the fishing pier. There is a playground, picnic shelter, and walking trails available for family or group-use year-round.

Lake No. 1 is immediately on the left after entering the parking lot; just walk past the gate and follow the hard path to the lake on the left. It has a maximum depth of about 8 feet. There are two small islands, both of which can reached by casting from the pier or shoreline. Fish attractors have been placed at two locations to enhance angling opportunities. At times, vegetation has become a problem in this lake. However, grass carp have been successful at keeping it under control in recent years.