Lake Biggins

Lake Biggins is located within one of the oldest public parks in Newport News. The pond is located on approximately three acres of the 60 acre park. Lake Biggins provides a scenic area for anglers to try their luck while being so close to urban areas of Newport News and Hampton. Shoreline access has been improved with the clearing of excessive brush that lined the banks. Fishing hours are daily from sunrise to sunset and vary according to the season.

For anglers interested in fishing some big water, the boat ramp to the James River is open 24 hours throughout the year. The James River Fishing Pier is a leased concession and is operated 24 hours a day from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Maps & Directions

Take Exit I-64 East at exit 263 West towards the James River Bridge. Mercury Blvd will take you down to Huntington Park. The park entrance is approximately 3.5 miles on the right just before you approach the James River Bridge. The park can also be entered from the Route 60 entrance.

Map to Lake Biggins

Map

Fishing Opportunities

Rainbow trout are stocked into Lake Biggins as part of the Department’s Urban Trout Program. Three trout stocking typically occur from November to February to take advantage of the colder water temperatures. You will also find limited populations of bluegills and American eels. No largemouth bass have been found during recent electrofishing samples, but the possibility exists for a few of them to be there. You might also be surprised to catch an occasional goldfish if you are lucky.

Regulations

Park regulations prohibit alcoholic beverages, swimming in non-designated areas, and littering.

Vehicles must be parked in designated lots and pets must be leashed.

The urban trout program returned to Lake Biggins during the fall of 2006. Trout have been stocked into Lake Biggins to provide some angling opportunity.

Anglers will need both a valid Virginia freshwater fishing license and a trout license to fish Lake Biggins from November 1st to April 30th. No trout license is needed to fish from May 1st to October 31st.

Anglers are allowed to keep 4 trout per day. No culling of trout is permitted. Once a trout has been taken into your possession, it becomes part of your daily creel and may not be released. All trout stocked are of legal size. Anglers can only use one fishing rod at a time.

Refer to the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries Freshwater and Virginia Marine Resource Saltwater Fishing Regulation booklets for further information.

Facilities

Huntington Park is the oldest public park in Newport News and offers visitors a variety of activities such as:

  • basketball
  • covered picnic areas
  • lighted tennis courts
  • softball fields
  • public boat ramps to the James River
  • Fort Fun playground for children
  • Fort Fun fishing pier
  • 700 foot long beach with concessions
  • formal rose garden
  • The Virginia War Museum

More Information

To obtain Urban Fishing Site Information, please call or write.

Department of Game & Inland Fisheries
3801 John Tyler Memorial Highway
Charles City, VA 23030
Phone: (804) 829-6580 Ext: 129