DGIF Updates Related to COVID-19

Facility Closures & Alerts

DGIF Fish Hatcheries Closed to the Public (Paint Bank Fish Hatchery)All DGIF fish hatcheries have been closed to the public until further notice. More information »
Bow Fishing on Hog Island WMA (Hog Island)Bow Fishing will not be permitted on Hog Island WMA until further notice. This action is to avoid foot traffic near sensitive new infrastructure. We will evaluate the potential to reopen the area to bow fishing in the coming years.
Dam Safety Improvements and Reconstruction at Chandler’s Mill Pond (Chandler's Mill Pond)The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has begun dam safety improvements and reconstruction at Chandlers Mill Pond, located in Westmoreland County, near the town of Montross. In 2015 a breach occurred due to "piping" or unseen erosion occurring underneath the spillway. The reconstruction of this facility will bringing the dam into compliance with the current State Dam Safety Act. Construction includes raising the earthen dam height, constructing a new primary spillway structure and fish passage, removal of the existing concrete outlet structure and existing fish passage and rebuilding the dam in this location. Construction is ongoing and planned from mid-October 2018 extending through May 2019. Public access to the dam and drained impoundment area will be prohibited during construction. Following construction, fish populations in Chandler's Mill Pond will be monitored and supplemental stocking considered as necessary to ensure a healthy recreational fishery for Virginia's anglers.
Clarkton Bridge Boat Landing Permanently Closed (Clarkton Bridge)Clarkton Bridge Boat Landing, located just off Rt. 620 (Clarkton Bridge Road), in Charlotte County has been permanently closed to public access. Boaters are encouraged to use the DGIF Boat Landing located off US 501 at Brookneal or the Watkins Bridge Boat Landing on Rt. 746 north of Clover.
Fluvanna Ruritan Lake Boat Ramp Closed (Ruritan Lake)The Fluvanna - Ruritan Lake boat ramp will be closed beginning October 8, 2018, until further notice.
Low Water Conditions at Osborne Pike Landing (Osborne Pike Landing)Boaters are advised that low water conditions due to silting-in may exist, especially at low tide. Please use caution when launching or retrieving at this facility and monitor tides closely.
Exercise Caution When Navigating Greenvale Creek (Greenvale Creek)Boaters 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.
Mill Creek Boat Access Closure (Mill Creek)Due to continued sedimentation at Mill Creek Boat Landing this site is CLOSED effective Tuesday, October 15, 2019. The site remains open for hand launched boats and the adjacent fishing pier remains open for anglers. More information on alternative boating access sites »
Changes in Parking at Whitethorne Boating Access (Whitethorne)Please note that parking is only allowed in the DGIF parking lot adjacent to the boat ramp. Because of safety concerns, parking on railroad property on the opposite side of the tracks is prohibited. DGIF is working to secure additional overflow parking arrangements. Please respect private property and comply with posted regulations.
Ancarrow’s Landing – Mud and Debris (Ancarrow's Landing)Mud and debris may be present on ramp and walkways. Use caution when launching and retrieving.
Jordan’s Point Dam project on Maury River (Maury River)Maury River users be advised that in-stream construction activity will be occurring in the vicinity of Jordan's Point Dam beginning April 9th and continuing until further notice. Use of the river between the Jordan's Point Park river-access point and the Dam is not recommended during this time.
Leesville Dam Tailrace Fishing Area (Staunton River) Is Closed Until Further Notice (Staunton River)The Leesville Dam Tailrace Fishing Area on the north side of the Staunton River at the base of Leesville Dam in Campbell County has been closed until further notice. Due to age and water undercutting the platforms, structural damage has occurred resulting in a public safety concern. It was originally closed but partially reopened in July. However, after further assessment, it has been determined it is no longer safe for public access. This does not affect the hand launch boat access and parking area, which remains open.
DGIF offices Closed for Walk-In Traffic Until Further Notice (Office Locations & Hours)All DGIF offices are closed for walk-in traffic until further notice. More Information »
Lake Merriweather (Lake Merriweather)Attention anglers! The water level at Lake Merriweather often fluctuates. Goshen Scout Reservation staff draw down the lake during flood events and in the winter for shoreline maintenance. For the most up to date lake conditions call 251-230-5538 or follow Goshen Scout Reservation Hunt and Fish on Facebook.
Tackle Loaner Requests Suspended Until Further Notice (Tackle Loaner Program)Tackle Loaner requests have been temporally suspended until further notice.
Merrimac Farm WMA Bluebell Festival Cancelled (Merrimac Farm)Following the Governor's protocol for minimizing potential exposure to COVID-19 through social distancing, the Merrimac Farm WMA Bluebell Festival scheduled for April 11, 2020 has been cancelled. This popular event routinely draws large crowds from a large geographic area and could pose potential health risks to attendees. Visitors may still enter the WMA to view the Virginia Bluebells found throughout the Cedar Run floodplain.
Rapidan WMA – Middle River Tract – 4WD Vehicle Recommended (Rapidan)Public vehicular access to the Rapidan WMA has been restored to the Middle River Tract via Route 615/Bluff Mountain Road. However, it is strongly recommended that anyone wanting to drive into this area should do so with a 4WD vehicle due to the existing conditions. Foot traffic is still allowed throughout the tract. DGIF and a number of partners have worked together to improve access to the Rapidan Tract. Even with these improvements, it is still a good idea to use a 4WD vehicle to reach this part of the WMA.
Amelia Lake Fishing Pier Closed (Amelia Lake)The fishing pier at Amelia Lake in the Amelia WMA is closed due to storm damage. We hope to replace the pier at a later date. Bank fishing opportunities are still available at that location.
Dam Repairs at Hearthstone Lake (Hearthstone Lake)Hearthstone Lake has a scheduled drawdown this coming fall and winter due to necessary repairs to the dam. Currently the drawdown is planned to begin in November. The lake will be refilled once construction is complete. Trout will not be stocked during the fall of 2018 or until construction and lake refill has been completed. Call the DGIF Verona Regional Office at 540-248-9360 for more information regarding the drawdown. We apologize for any inconvenience.
DGIF Removes Dike 3 Fishing Platform at Lake Anna Due to Safety Concerns (Lake Anna - Dike 3)The Dike III Fishing platform and associated concrete pathway located off Moody Town Road (Bumpass, VA-Lake Anna) is a favorite fishing location for many anglers in the area. The facility, however, was in a deteriorated condition and did not meet current safety standards. While the Department of Game & Inland Fisheries (DGIF) promotes public access whenever possible, due to the age and continuing deterioration of the fishing platform and concrete pathway, DGIF has removed it. The site continues to be available for shoreline fishing.
Lake Merriweather and Goshen Scout Reservation Property Closure (Goshen Boy Scout Reservation)As of March 30, 2020, at 5 PM, the Goshen Scout Reservation and Lake Merriweather will be closed until further notice. This coincides with the National Capital Area Council's decision to close the property in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lake Shenandoah Water Level Drawdown (Lake Shenandoah)Updated March 11, 2020 — A flood occurred at Lake Shenandoah and during this event the emergency spillway (north side of dam) on the dam was damaged and is going to require extensive repair. The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) engineering staff inspected the damage and due to the severity we are required by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Dam Safety to lower the lake approximately 5 feet from full pool and remain at that level until the emergency spillway is repaired. We have recently lowered the lake to stay in compliance with DCR and our engineering staff and to reduce the threat of the dam failing during a high water event. Additional improvements to the dam are necessary to be in compliance with the Virginia Dam Safety Program. As owners of the dam, DGIF is required to make these improvements to eliminate any safety concerns. The requirements are enforced by the Department of Conservation and Recreation. Currently the plan is to make the repairs to the emergency spillway at the same time the improvements are made to the dam. Contractors will be onsite this summer to construct a road and replace the culvert over the stream entering from the golf course (north bay). This is necessary to get the heavy equipment to the dam for repairs. The repairs for the dam are not yet scheduled and will likely not be in 2020. DGIF understands this is going to impair the use of the lake. DGIF staff have already begun discussing temporary improvements so anglers and boaters can access the lake.  DGIF plans to improve access where feasible once the lake is lowered to a safe level for the summer. We also plan to seed the newly-exposed areas around the perimeter of the lake to reduce potential turbidity in the lake and to improve the overall appearance of the property. During these unfortunate circumstances we will strive to do our best to eliminate any inconveniences.
Lake Burke Parking Area and Boat Launch Closure (Burke Lake Park)As of March 27, 2020, at 8PM, the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries' parking area and boat launch at Burke Lake will be closed until further notice. This coincides with the Fairfax County Park Authority's decision to close Burke Lake Park in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.