Hearthstone Lake is a 7-acre impoundment in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests north of Stokesville. Hearthstone is managed for warmwater and coldwater angling opportunities. In the summer of 2000 Hearthstone Lake was drained to repair the water outlet structure. One benefit of this "draw-down" was that the U.S. Forest Service removed a sizeable amount of sediment that had filled the lake over the years. Removing the sediment should provide for better summertime trout habitat. In spring 2001 northern pike and yellow perch were stocked in the lake to provide a unique "cool-water" angling opportunity. In 2002 northern pike should be reaching 20 inches and providing anglers with some voracious strikes!