Echo Lake

Echo Lake is owned and operated by Henrico County. It’s located in the northern part of the county on Springfield Road (Rt. 157), approximately one mile west of Staples Mill Road (Rt. 33). This beautiful 12-acre lake is the main attraction at this park. Although no boats are allowed, a gravel path encircles the entire lake, enabling anglers to access the entire shoreline. There is a fishing pier, playground, and picnic shelter available for family or group-use year-round.

In 2008, Henrico County temporarily drained Echo Lake to complete a habitat improvement project. The project included construction of a small settling basin above the lake and the removal of 14,500 cubic yards of accumulated sediment material from the main lake. In January 2009, Echo Lake reopened to the general public. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) plans to restock sunfish in 2009 and bass and catfish in 2010 and 2011.

To facilitate the recovery of the fish populations, the lake will temporarily be managed under a catch-and-release-only fishing regulation.

Maps & Directions

Located in the northern part of the county on Springfield Road (Rt. 157), approximately one mile west of Staples Mill Road (Rt. 33).

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Fishing Opportunities

Echo Lake was incorporated into the Department’s Community Lakes Improvement Program (CLIP) in 1997. This resulted in the stocking of hybrid sunfish and harvestable-size channel catfish. Sampling results indicated that the hybrid sunfish did not do well, and thus, stocking has been discontinued. Stocking of channel catfish, however, has continued annually.

In July 2008, Henrico County temporarily drained Echo Lake to complete a habitat improvement project. The project included construction of a small settling basin above the lake and the removal of 14,500 cubic yards of accumulated sediment material from the main lake. The project has greatly improved habitat for the various fish species that inhabit the lake and will help to control the aquatic vegetation problems throughout the lake.

Echo Lake was reopened to the general public in January 2009. A complete draining of the lake was needed to accomplish the dredging project, so fish populations in the lake were greatly reduced. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) plans to restock the lake over the next few years. Bluegill and redear sunfish will be stocked in the lake in 2009, while largemouth bass and channel catfish will be restocked in 2010 and 2011. To facilitate the recovery of the fish populations, the lake will temporarily be managed under a catch-and-release-only fishing regulation.

Echo Lake has a public fishing pier and an abundance of shoreline fishing areas. The lake’s fisheries will take a few years to recover from the draining, but in the meantime small sunfish and an occasional holdover bass should be available for anglers to catch.

Biologist Reports

Regulations

Notice: ALL FISHING IS CATCH-AND-RELEASE-ONLY while fish populations are being reestablished

Facilities

There is a fishing pier, playground, picnic shelter, hiking/nature trail, and restrooms available for family or group-use year-round.

More Information

For fisheries information, please contact:

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
(804) 367-1000

For additional information about Echo Lake Park, please contact:

County of Henrico Recreation and Parks
P.O. Box 27032
Richmond, Virginia 23273
Phone: (804) 501-7275