Chandler's Mill Pond

Notice (Updated 5/20/15): Due to severe erosion that occurred at the spillway in May 2015, the pool has been lowered to protect the dam from further erosion until repairs can be made. The lake will be closed for public fishing until further notice.

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 »