Dorey Park Lake
Located in the heart of Dorey Park Lake in eastern Henrico County, this small but popular five acre lake is one of the original Urban Program lakes in the Richmond Metropolitan Area. Dorey Park Lake can be reached by traveling south of Sandston on Laburnum Avenue and then turning left (east) on Darbytown Road. The entrance to the park will be on the right. The official visiting hours for the lake, as well as the park, are sunrise to sunset, year round.
The lake is owned and managed by the County of Henrico Recreation and Parks. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) is responsible for managing the lake fisheries. To improve and maintain a successful, high-quality fishing program at the lake, Dorey Park Lake was placed into the Urban Program of the VDGIF at the inception of the program in 1993. Through the program the lake receives annual stockings of channel catfish. In 2006, Dorey Park Lake was placed in the re-initiated Urban Trout Program to enhance fishing opportunities in winter months. From November through February, the lake is stocked with catchable-size trout. To experience this unique opportunity, anglers must possess a trout license in addition to a fishing license between November 1 and April 30. A trout license is not required from May 1 through October 31 or for juveniles under age 16.
The lake is approximately 5 acres in size and is in the shape of an “L”. There is full walking access to the entire shoreline and a large handicap accessible fishing pier has been constructed by the County. The average depth of the lake is about 3 to 5 feet within 20 feet of the shoreline. The deepest water (10 feet) is just off the end of the fishing pier. A parking lot is available at the north end of the lake.
Maps & Directions
Dorey Park Lake can be reached from I-64 at exit 195, traveling south of Sandston on Laburnum Avenue approximately 3.5 miles, and then turning left (east) on Darbytown Road. The entrance to the park will be approximately 1.2 miles on the right.
Map to Dorey Park Lake
This 5-acre lake is included in the Department’s Urban Fishing Program. This program provides annual stocking of channel catfish and, in the winter, catchable-size trout to enhance fishing opportunities in small urban lakes such as this. To fish Dorey Park Lake, anglers must possess a trout license in addition to a fishing license between November 1 and April 30. A trout license is not required from May 1 through October 31 or for juveniles under age 16.
A trout license is required in addition to a fishing license between November 1 and April 30. A trout license is NOT required from May 1 through October 31. Juveniles under age 16 need no licenses.
Four trout can be harvested per day per angler.
Channel catfish are stocked that average about 1/2 pound apiece. Four catfish (any size) can be harvested per day per angler.
Regulations for all other species are as follows:
Largemouth bass – 18 inch minimum, 1 per day
Bluegill and redear sunfish – no minimum size, 50 fish per person per day
Crappie – no minimum size, 25 per day
Carp – no minimum size, no daily possession limit.
A walking/jogging trail encircles the lake and a picnic shelter is located by the parking lot at the north end of the lake. Handicapped accessible restrooms are available near the lake. A large handicapped accessible fishing pier is located on the lake as well as an older shoreline fishing pier adjacent to the picnic shelter. Benches for fishing or to just relax by the water’s edge are located around the lake as well as on the large fishing pier.
The largest county park in Henrico County (over 400 acres), Dorey Park Lake provides numerous other recreational opportunities besides angling. There is a Recreation Center, 7 picnic shelters, a children’s play area, Frisbee range, 4 soccer fields, 4 lighted baseball fields, 3 tennis courts, a horse ring and numerous riding trails.
Surveys have shown that around 8,000 anglers visit the lake each year – of which almost 4,000 are after trout – and spend a whopping 18,600 hours fishing there! Anglers at Dorey Park Lake are harvesting about 2,500 trout and 1,200 catfish each year.
For fisheries information, please contact:
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
Phone: (804) 829-6580
For additional information, please contact Dorey Park Lake
County of Henrico Recreation and Parks
P.O. Box 27032
Richmond, Virginia 23273
Phone: (804) 501-7275