Chandler's Mill Pond

Notice (Updated 6/22/15): On Wednesday May 20th 2015 staff responded to a call about Chandlers Mill Pond and noted water draining around and under the concrete fish passage and spillway, due to internal erosion of the dam. Due to safety concerns, and in order to prevent further erosion damage, the Department has opened spillway outflow pipes to begin a controlled drawdown of the 76-acre lake. We currently have no firm timeline for repairs. We are still evaluating the state of the dam and alternatives. The scope and design of any eventual repair is still to be determined. We anticipate that it may take at least a year to make repairs - this timeframe allows for evaluating alternatives, finalizing engineering designs, securing funding and permits, and completing construction. Any number of unanticipated events/issues beyond our control may extend this timeline.

Chandler's Millpond is a picturesque 75-acre impoundment located in Westmoreland County in the northeast of Virginia. The Sturman family originally built it around 1670 on Cat Point Creek. The pond is privately owned by several individuals, but the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has an agreement with them to allow public fishing.

Following a large storm event during which up to 16 inches of rain fell in some parts of the watershed, the dam was breached in September 1993. During the winter of 1994-1995, the dam was rebuilt and a Denil fish ladder was added to accommodate potential spawning runs of river herring that historically ascended the stream. The pond was stocked with bluegill, largemouth bass, redear sunfish and channel catfish and was closed to fishing to allow these fish to establish a self-sustaining population. On July 1, 1998 the pond was re-opened to public fishing.

Recent electrofishing surveys revealed an abundance of bluegills, largemouth bass, and redear sunfish. Decent numbers of black crappies were also collected. Species collected in lower abundance were: brown bullhead, channel catfish, flier, chain pickerel, American eel, warmouth, creek chubsucker and gizzard shad.

The pond has an average depth of about 6 feet, supports good stands of aquatic vegetation and the shoreline is largely wooded. It has a boat ramp and a courtesy pier.

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 »