Pelham is a water supply reservoir for the Town of Culpeper. It covers 255 acres with a combination of forested and open, sloped banks along its shores. Some residential development is occurring. If you like crappie and channel catfish Pelham is the place to go. This reservoir probably has more channel catfish per acre than any other lake in Northern Virginia. Other species include largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie and pumpkinseed sunfish. It is also a decent lake for yellow perch.
The lake has a shallow draft public ramp on Henretty Drive off Mountain Run Road (Route 718) from Route 29 south of Culpeper. There is no bank fishing access – boats are pretty much mandatory.
Electric motors only are allowed, and a permit is required ($25 for boating and $10 for fishing - good for the calendar year purchased). Permits are sold weekdays from 8 am to 5 pm at the office of:
400 South Main Street, Suite 109
Culpeper VA 22701
Phone: (540) 829-8220.