Facility Closures & Alerts

Notices
AmeliaA timber harvest is currently taking place on Amelia WMA beginning April 10, 2017 and is expected to be complete sometime in May on a 32 acre tract located behind the shooting range. For questions, please call the Forest Regional Office at 434-525-7522. (Map)
CavalierPlease note that the area in map below is closed to all public access. Temporary road closures along the east- west roads will continue with the ongoing habitat restoration work. Any such closures will be posted on-site Foot traffic is otherwise welcome except in the area noted as closed to public access. This area is closed to allow for wildlife management activities. Hog Hunting is prohibited at Cavalier WMA until further notice.

Cavalier WMA Closure Map
Horsepen LakeA logging operation has started on Horsepen Wildlife Management Area. It will be on the northeast portion of the area on Jericho Road. Timber will be transported off the WMA on the main road system. Visitors to Horsepen could encounter logging trucks on the main road system. The timber harvest will improve forest habitat for a variety of wildlife species. Please call the VDGIF Forest Regional Office at (434) 525-7522 with any questions.
James RiverA logging operation has started on James River Wildlife Management Area. The harvest will be on the main road between the main access and the boat landing. Timber will be transported off the WMA on the main road system. Visitors to James River WMA could encounter logging trucks on the main road system. The timber harvest will improve forest habitat for a variety of wildlife species. Please call the VDGIF Forest Regional Office at (434) 525-7522 with any questions.
Chandler's Mill PondThe Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and landowners adjoining the Chandler’s Mill Pond Dam have come to an agreement in principle regarding needed easements to allow the repair/renovation of the Chandler’s Mill Pond Dam to move forward. These documents will be submitted for approval to the Department of Real Estate Services and the Office of the Attorney General. We can now finalize our engineering for the renovation, submit needed permit applications and open bidding for the construction. Our expected timeline for these processes to be completed makes construction in the spring/summer of 2017 likely. Performing this work during the spring required an additional level of environmental review to ensure it doesn’t pose an unacceptable risk to anadromous fish that might use the watershed to move from the Chesapeake Bay into fresh waters to breed. This includes species such as striped bass, shad and alewives. Extensive sampling of Chandler’s Mill Pond over many years has resulted in no records of any anadromous species, despite the presence of a fish ladder of the existing dam. Numerous beaver dams downstream of Chandler’s Mill Pond prevent these fish from moving up the watershed to the project area. The new dam structure will be designed with a natural fishway to maintain connectivity between Chandler’s Mill Pond and downstream waters, especially for species such as American eel.
Cook LakeThe Urban Fishing Lakes will NOT be stocked with trout due to pond renovation by the City of Alexandria Public Works. The site is out of commission for at least all of 2017 due to extensive renovation and we do not have an estimate of reopening at this time.
Little Page BridgeThere may be mud present on the boat slide due to recent high water.
Red BankThe VDGIF will be renovating the facilities at Red Bank Landing. The docks will be re-decked with new composite decking and the sub-structure will be refurbished with pressure-treated wood. In addition both ramps will be demolished and re-poured. This is a much needed upgrade to provide access to the hunting, fishing, and boating public. Renovations will start May 1, and will be completed approximately August 1. The ramps and courtesy piers will be closed throughout the construction period for safety reasons. For an alternative launch site please use the Oyster boating access facility. For additional information please contact: Ed Carr DGIF Project Manager at (804)-367-8311
Peterson Yatch BasinBoaters are cautioned that launching and landing boats at Peterson Yacht Basin may be difficult due to high levels of sediment in the basin. Extreme caution should be used at low tide. The Newport News is aware of the issue is working to secure funding and permits to dredge. Please call (757) 886-7912 with any questions.
Ancarrow's LandingBoaters are cautioned that launching and retrieving boats at Ancarrow's landing may be challenging due to high levels of siltation beyond the basin. Extreme caution should be used at low tide. Please call the City of Richmond Department of Parks and Recreation 804.646.5733 with any questions.
Shenandoah River - Main StemUntil an estimated finish of June 2018, the Route 624 bridge over the Shenandoah River will be demolished and rebuilt. For safety reasons, the Morgans Ford access area will be closed to the public during this time. Unless you are entering the river from private property downstream of Morgans Ford, the next downstream public access location is at Berrys Ferry at the Route 17/50 bridge. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
Upper North RiverAttention Trout Anglers: DGIF and the U.S. Forest Service will be conducting some in-stream habitat work in the stocked section of North River upstream of Elkhorn Lake this week (May 22–26, 2017). The stream could be discolored at times as there will be some heavy equipment working in the stream channel. The goal is to create better pool habitat and consolidate water into one channel during low-flow periods. This will benefit both the wild brook trout population and the stocked brookies during the stocking season.
Horsepen LakeHorsepen lake levels will be lowered for dam construction beginning March 15, 2017. The dam, boat ramp & parking area will be closed during this time. For questions, please contact DGIF at (434) 525-7522.
Sandy River ReservoirSandy River Reservoir boat ramp pier is scheduled to be replaced later this spring. The work is currently in the planning phase. Once work begins the ramp will be closed and the closure will be posted on our website. It is anticipated the closure will be for several weeks. The fishing pier will remain open and small craft that do not require trailer launching, such as canoes and small John Boats can be hand launched from the shoreline. A section of the parking lot will remain open to allow public access to the area.