Lake Chesdin is a 3,100-acre water supply reservoir on the Chesterfield-Dinwiddie County line administered by the Appomattox River Water Authority. Chesdin is a very productive lake that offers excellent largemouth bass fishing, good crappie fishing (both black and white) in spring and fall, and a great channel catfish fishery. For experimental reasons, walleye stocking has been reduced in recent years. Even so, numerous walleye up to 7 pounds were collected in gill net samples in 2004 and 2005. As a result, the Department has decided to increase walleye stocking beginning in 2005. Striped bass have been stocked for many years, and although Chesdin does not appear capable of producing a substantial fishery for this species, there is a group of anglers who know how to find them (up to 25 pounds) in the Lake and in the upper-Appomattox River during spring.
The fish lift in Brasfield Dam (a.k.a. Lake Chesdin Dam) may be operational during spring, 2006 if anadromous fish are found in the River immediately downstream. It is hoped that a good spring fishery may develop in the upper river if spawning runs improve over time.
The public boat ramp and handicap-accessible fishing pier are open 24 hours a day. There are three private marinas with boat ramps, rental boats, bait, tackle, camping, and picnicking.