Lakeview Reservoir

Lakeview (sometimes called Swift Creek Lake) is a beautiful 42-acre reservoir in the heart of Colonial Heights that was originally constructed to supply water to the tri-cities of Colonial Heights, Petersburg, and Hopewell. The lake is currently owned by City of Colonial Heights and is used for recreation and hydroelectric power generation. The lake contains fisheries for largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish, redear sunfish, carp, and chain pickerel.

A boat ramp is provided, and only electric motors are allowed.

There is limited bank fishing and a small fishing pier.

Maps & Directions

From the north side of Colonial Heights, take Route 1 south to Lake Avenue; turn right and go 0.25-mile to Lakeview Park and the ramp.
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Fishing Opportunities

During the 1990’s, the reservoir was drawn down several times to facilitate repairs to the dam. This reduced the fish populations to low levels that required a period of recovery. When the reservoir was last sampled during 2002, results were relatively poor.
However, much of this was attributed to the late date of sampling (May 29) after water temperatures had already risen substantially, as well as dense shoreline vegetation made it difficult to capture fish there. At that time, an extremely high number of gizzard shad was evident; not a good sign for game fish populations. Because of the frequency of drawdowns, no management measures have been recommended for this reservoir in the past.

The reservoir was sampled in October, 2005 after an extended summer-time drawdown which, again, was done to allow for repairs to the dam. The sample was taken to evaluate whether sufficient numbers of fish still remained in the reservoir to allow for repopulation. A total of ten species of fish were collected in the electrofishing sample, which encompassed a substantial portion of the shoreline. Only two species, largemouth bass and bluegill, were abundant, however. Harvestable-size fish of these two species were collected in fair numbers, so anglers can expect to have some success catching them immediately. The low numbers of other species collected could have been exacerbated by the depth of this reservoir. Electrofishing is only effective in relatively shallow water and/or for shoreline-oriented species. Given the numbers of fish collected, it was determined that there was no need for supplemental stocking. The remaining fish should repopulate the reservoir on their own over the next few years, barring additional significant drawdowns, of course.

Biologist Reports

Regulations

Largemouth Bass

  • harvest limit of 5 bass per day.

Sunfish

  • Harvest limit of 50 sunfish (combined) per day.

Crappie

  • Harvest limit of 25 crappie per day.

Catfish

  • Catfish – harvest limit of 20 catfish per day.

General

  • Gasoline-powered outboards are not permitted on Lakeview Reservoir.
  • Electric motors are permitted.

Facilities

Facilities include:

    • A boat ramp
    • A picnic shelter
    • Picnic tables
    • A playground
    • Tennis courts

The lake is open from dawn to dusk.

More Information

For more information contact the VDGIF Central Virginia District Office at (804) 367-6764.