Lake Nelson

Lake Nelson is a 40-acre impoundment located in Nelson County, Virginia. This reservoir is owned by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) and is managed primarily for fisheries related activities. Facilities available at this reservoir are a boat ramp, parking area and portable toilets which are available March-September. Bank anglers can utilize a large mowed area adjoining the parking lot, the dam and a narrow strip of VDGIF property that extends around the entire shoreline. The boundaries are marked with T posts and VDGIF property extends from the T posts to the lake. The lake is open 24 hours a day. Outboard motors use is prohibited but electric motors are permitted.

The reservoir was impounded in 1958 and was stocked with various species of fish such as largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, channel catfish, and crappie. The most popular sportfish species are largemouth bass, black crappie, and sunfish. Grass carp were also introduced to control aquatic vegetation. Any grass carp caught should be immediately released unharmed

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 »