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Lake Brittle

Due to severe erosion that occurred in the spillway in July 2013, the pool has been lowered to protect it from further erosion until repairs can be made. While the lake will remain open for public fishing, the current boat ramp will not be usable. Boaters are invited to use hand-launch boats to access the lake for fishing, or to fish from the shoreline. The Department plans to complete repairs this spring and summer so the lake can be refilled by September 2014. The Department also plans to replace the courtesy pier while the pool is down.

Lake Brittle is a 77-acre impoundment located in Fauquier County. It was constructed in 1953 as a public fishing lake. It is one of the oldest Department-owned lakes and among the first to be built in Virginia with Dingell-Johnson funds. Dingell-Johnson funds are provided by a federal excise tax on fishing tackle. Lake Brittle is located just east of Warrenton and only thirty miles from the Beltway. It offers a peaceful setting, good fishing, picnicking for the family, and abundant nature for the wildlife enthusiast. The lake's average depth is about seven feet, and it has a maximum depth of 25 feet near the spillway tower.

Lake Brittle supports a warmwater fish community including largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, black crappie and channel catfish. The lake has been stocked annually with walleye since 1979. Flathead catfish were stocked in 1990 and 1994 to control the abundant sunfish population and undesirable species such as brown bullhead and gizzard shad, which managed to proliferate to produce large populations.

The management objective of Lake Brittle is to increase panfish population structure and average weight while maintaining the largemouth bass fishery. The balance of the fishery is based on the predation of stunted sunfish and gizzard shad by catfish, largemouth bass and walleye. It will be necessary to maintain high predator numbers to sufficiently control overpopulation of the lake with stunted, slow growing sunfish.

Lake Brittle is located just to the southeast of New Baltimore off of Route 29/Route 15. Signs for Lake Brittle will be seen as you reach the Route 600 intersection. Take Route 600 east to Route 793. Route 793 will take you to the lake.

Access Permit Requirement

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 »