Lake Burke - Facilities

Notice (posted July 20, 2012):

Construction at the Burke Lake Dam is scheduled to commence September 2012 and to continue for several months. During construction the lake will be drawn down approximately 4.5 feet, the DGIF boat ramp will not be usable and public access across the dam will be prohibited. The DGIF parking lot will remain open but fishing along the lake shore will be impacted by the lowered pool.

Repairs are required to bring the dam into compliance with Virginia's Dam Safety Regulations. The primary modification to dam will be an enlarged emergency spillway and installation of a short vinyl wall along the top of the dam to ensure the dam is not overtopped during extreme storm events. Construction vehicles will access the dam from Laketree Drive so construction traffic on and to this road should be expected for the duration of the project.

Burke has numerous facilities for the angler anticipating the catch of a large fish or for the family looking for a great day together.

There are two boat ramps that allow anglers access to the lake: VDGIF boat ramp is located at the back of a protected cove near the dam and is for angler use only. The other boat ramp is located in Burke Lake Park around the mid-lake region.

Handicapped-accessible fishing piers are positioned near the dam and can be reached from the VDGIF boat ramp lot. The park has a large handicapped-accessible fishing pier, lighted for night fishing and usually provides good crappie fishing opportunities.

The park concession has rental boats available, bait, tackle, snacks and beverages.

There is unlimited bank fishing around the lake along with a jogging/bike trail, picnic and campgrounds, golf driving range, golf course and Frisbee golf.

Anglers can access the lake through the Department ramp 24 hours a day at no charge. There is a $5 launch fee for boats at the park ramp along with a $8 entrance fee per vehicle on weekends for non-Fairfax County residents. Park users are reminded that Burke is a public fishing lake (not a "park" per se), and fishing is the only primary use. Lake activities interfering with fishing (e.g., remote control boats, dog training, paddle boats, sail boats) are prohibited.

Fishing Line Recycling Sites

Site Latitude Longitude At Boat Ramp
1 38.761153 -77.301886 Yes