North Fork Moormans River
The headwaters of the North Fork of the Moormans River forms along the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains in western Albemarle County and is located within the boundaries of the Shenandoah National Park. This stream once provided one of the best angling opportunities for native trout in the Commonwealth until the June 1995 flood. Flood waters and debris flows from this event, however, caused extensive alterations to two thirds of this stream's native trout habitat and eliminated canopy cover in the lower river sections that is needed for summer shading.
Since the 1995 flood, the river has slowly begun to heal itself. Riparian vegetation has reappeared and portions of the stream are again shaded during the summer. Instream habitat has also improved as hydrologic processes have begun to heal the stream corridor from the channelization that occurred during the flood resulting in more desirable riffle, run, and pool complexes.