Hidden Valley Lake
Important Notices for this Waterbody
|Hidden Valley WMA Road ClosureThe main entrance road for Hidden Valley WMA will be closed from September 24 through October 2 so that contractors can resurface the paved road. The road will be closed near the end of VDOT maintenance on Route 690. We regret that the WMA will not be accessible by vehicle during this time, but the much needed road improvements should provide better access for many years. Youth and apprentice hunters are encouraged to consider Clinch Mountain WMA as an alternate hunting location for the scheduled deer hunt on September 30.|
This 61-acre Department-owned impoundment is in the Hidden Valley Wildlife Management Area in Washington County. Hidden Valley Lake is located in the mountains at about 3,500 feet of elevation. The south side of the lake is almost completely forested, and the north side is a mixture of woods and open lands. These open lands provide good bank access for anglers.
Hidden Valley Lake supports populations self-sustaining populations of largemouth bass, bluegill, redbreast sunfish, and black crappie. Channel catfish and northern pike are stocked.
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, 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.
Maps & Directions
To get to Hidden Valley Lake, take Route 19 and Alternate 58 (north from Abingdon or south from Hansonville), and then follow Route 690 to the lake. Map
Fishing opportunities at Hidden Valley Lake are much improved compared to the late 1990’s. Stockings of largemouth, bluegill and northern pike effectively reduced the over-abundance of redbreast sunfish that was a problem in the past. Largemouth bass are increasing in both size and abundance, and are now reproducing in the lake. Bluegill have replaced redbreast sunfish as the dominant sunfish species. Black crappie are very abundant, but stunted at a small size. Most of the crappie collected in samples are less than 8 inches long. A few nice crappie up to 15 inches have been collected, but they are rare. Channel catfish and northern pike are stocked each year. These two species offer anglers some diversity. Overall the fishery appears to be improving.
- Hidden Valley Lake Report 2016
- Hidden Valley Lake Report 2015
- Hidden Valley Lake Report 2014
- Hidden Valley Lake Bio Rpt 2013
- 18 inches minimum
- 1 fish/day
- 30 inches minimum
- 2 fish/day
The lake is open to fishing 24 hours a day
Gasoline motor use is prohibited.
- No developed campground facilities are available
- No camping is allowed within 100 yards of the lake shoreline.
- A concrete boat ramp is available for launching.
- A pit toilet is available from April through October.
For more information contact the Marion VDGIF office.