Lake Laura

Lake Laura is a 44-acre impoundment located in southwestern Shenandoah County near the West Virginia state line. The lake is owned by Bryce Mountain Resort and the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries began managing the fishery in 1991. The dam impounds the headwaters of Big Stony Creek creating a rectangular-shaped pool with a maximum depth of thirty feet. Lake Laura had a history of nuisance algal blooms and over-abundant aquatic vegetation. To remedy this situation, Bryce Mountain Resort dredged the upper end of the impoundment removing nutrient laden sediment and increasing water depth thus limiting conditions for vegetation growth. Triploid grass carp have also been stocked to keep aquatic vegetation at desired levels. Anglers have the opportunity to fish for largemouth bass, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, crappie, walleye, channel catfish, and northern pike.