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Gardy's Millpond

Gardy's Millpond is a 75-acre impoundment located in a tranquil setting along the Westmoreland and Northumberland county line in northeast Virginia. A new dam was built there soon after Hurricane Bob caused severe damage to the structural integrity of the impoundment in 1985. The pond was subsequently stocked with fish and re-opened to public fishing in 1990.

The pond is relatively shallow with an average depth of about 4 feet. The upstream portion of the impoundment is swampy in nature and the shoreline is largely forested. If you're looking to get away from it all and find a quiet spot to fish, this is it. The shallow nature of the pond allows for extensive cover of lily pads along the shoreline. Many species that inhabit Gardy's Millpond will use the cover of the lily pads for protection and for an ambush point to find food. The lily pads to the right of the boat ramp are good spots for redear sunfish and bluegills.

A portion of Route 617 cuts across the top of the dam for Gardy's Millpond. The boat ramp area is located just off of Route 617 after you cross the over the dam.

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 »