Facility Closures & Alerts

CavalierThe Road at Cavalier is closed to vehicular traffic past the second kiosk. Foot traffic is 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 from March 8, 2017 through April 1, 2017.
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 anadramaous 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 beaverdams 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.
WhitethorneThe Whitethorne boat landing on the New River in Montgomery County will be closed all day on Thursday, March 30 to allow for repairs to the railroad crossing.
Myer's CreekMyer's Creek boat ramp on Leesville Lake will be closed for renovations beginning Nov. 14, 2016 through the winter. Bathroom facilities and a floating courtesy pier are being installed by AEP.
Fox HillDue to electrical issues, the parking lot lights at Foxhill boat ramp in Hampton are currently out. Boaters are urged to use caution when launching or retrieving watercraft.
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.
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.