|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.|
|Greenvale CreekBoaters are advised that the U.S. Coast Guard has determined that due to extreme shoaling Greenvale Creek in Lancaster County is no longer considered a navigable waterway. Consequently the Coast Guard has removed all navigational markers. Boaters should exercise caution when attempting to navigate Greenvale Creek and should be particularly aware of tides.|
|Sandy River ReservoirSandy River Reservoir boat ramp will be closed for the next several months starting October 2, 2017 for ramp pier replacement. The fishing pier, canoe launch, bank fishing, and parking area will remain open.|
|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.|
|Hidden ValleyA construction project is underway to improve the emergency spillway and the entrance road at Hidden Valley Lake. Construction will begin the week of June 5 and may last until the first week of November. Visitors may encounter construction vehicles and equipment. The project will require the lake level to be lowered about four feet. The project will also require the access road to be closed for extended periods of time in order to replace drain culverts. Please check this website frequently to see if a road closure is posted.
|Powhatan PondsBeginning July 3rd, 2017 the lower end of Deer Lane (Route 662) on the Powhatan Wildlife Management Area will be closed to vehicular traffic until further notice due to vandalism and road conditions. The closed section includes the last quarter-mile of road continuing down to the boat landing at the Sunfish Pond. This section will remain open to foot traffic and non-motorized vehicles. The Sunfish Pond will remain open for fishing and carry-in watercraft use. Please refer to the Powhatan Ponds webpage for updates.|
|Bark Camp LakeA construction project required by new Dam Safety Regulations will begin on June 26, 2017. The project will require closure of the boat ramp and the “Day Use” area operated by the US Forest Service. The fishing piers will not be accessible during the closure. However, the USFS campground at the upper end of the lake will remain open this summer. The lake level will be drawn down a few feet beginning June 19 to accommodate work needed at the outflow tower. The construction project should be completed by October 2017.
|Horsepen LakeHorsepen boat ramp and dam area is now open. Lake levels are down 4-5 feet, which may make launching boats difficult. Adequate rain is needed to restore lake levels|