Lake Maury is a 165-acre lake owned by the Mariner's Museum in Newport News. Built in 1931, it is the centerpiece of a 550-acre park and was named after Matthew Fontain Maury, a noted 19th century oceanographer and native Virginian. The museum is located at the intersection of Route 17 and Route 143. The lake contains a decent population of largemouth bass represented by high proportion of larger sized fish. In addition, some nice black crappie and white perch are available.
The Mariner's Museum has recently reopened the boat house area on Lake Maury to public fishing. Jon boats, canoes and paddle boats can be rented from the boat house on weekends during the spring and summer. Visitors may provide their own electric trolling motor for use on Lake Maury. Gasoline motors are not permitted. Anglers interested in renting boats should contact the Museum at 757-591-7792 to verify their boat rental season. No private boats are allowed on the lake. Limited shoreline fishing exists at Lake Maury. Anglers can fish from various designated areas and docks. Access to these areas will require anglers to pay a $5 fee.
For additional information on Lake Maury, please contact the boat house at 757-591-7799.
Fishing regulations have been set by the museum to be catch and release only. A Virginia state fishing license is required.