Holliday Lake

The crown jewel in the scenic Holliday Lake State Park is likely to be the 145-acre Holliday Lake. The lake is in a beautiful setting, which provides an excellent backdrop for a family outing. The lake is clear and low in productivity, but still supports a quality largemouth bass fishery, as well as good sunfish and chain pickerel fishing. Black crappies also provide excellent fishing opportunities for anglers. This lake seems to "turn on" earlier than other lakes in the piedmont, and it offers anglers a good bet for early season action. Numerous fallen trees congregate fish for anglers to catch, but summer anglers should concentrate their efforts in the deeper water.


The lake level at Holliday Lake is lowered each winter for maintenance of the swimming beach and periodic placement of fish habitat structures. The normal, annual draw-down is 3 feet with every third year being a more substantial draw-down of 10 feet. Winter 2008-2009 is one of the 10-foot draw-downs with the next two winters being the 3 foot reduction. The ramp is inaccessible during the 10 foot draw-downs so calling the park prior to a fishing trip in the winter months might be in order. Draw-downs begin in early December with the lake allowed to refill in late February.

For park information, call 434-248-6308.