|Cavalier WMA Closed (Cavalier)Due to an increase in dangerous and illegal activities, Cavalier WMA is closed until further notice.|
|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.|
|Fort A.P. Hill Closed to Recreational Access (Fort A.P. Hill Ponds and Lakes)Fort A.P. Hill is temporarily closed to recreational access. At this point, there is no timetable for reopening to the general public. Call A.P. Hill at (804) 633-8984 for more information or updates.|
|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)Mill Creek landing is back open. Due to continually changing site conditions, shoaling of sand may occur leading to navigation issue during low tide conditions. Boaters should continue to use caution during launching and retrieving.|
|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.|
|Lawnes Creek Boat Ramp Advisory (Lawnes Creek)The boat launch at Lawnes Creek has been reopened. The launching pier remains out of service. Boaters are urged to use caution.|
|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.|
|James River Park System Implements Restrictions at Ancarrow’s Landing (Ancarrow's Landing)James River Park System in the City of Richmond has been attempting to promote healthy and safe park use during these challenging times. Due to high demand, and in an effort to maintain public safety, and in an effort to comply with Governor Northam's Executive Order and CDC guidelines, the James River Park System will be implementing a 60-vehicle limit at Ancarrow's Landing on all weekends and holidays until further notice, with a "one-out to one-in" policy after the limit has been met. Brander Street, leading up to the entrance of Ancarrow’s Landing, is also marked as a no-parking zone. All vehicles illegally parked in this area will be ticketed and/or towed. For more information about this limited closure please contact the James River Park System at 804-646-8911 or AskParkRec@richmondgov.com.|
|Southwest Virginia River Access Sites (Public Boating Access)All boating access sites on rivers in Southwest Virginia were affected by flooding on April 12 and 13, 2020. Mud, sand, and other flood debris will be removed from ramps and access points as soon as possible after the flood waters recede. Thank you for your patience.|
|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 »|
|Virginia Naturally School Recognition Program Not Accepting Applications in 2020 (Virginia Naturally School Recognition Program)DGIF is not accepting applications for the Virginia Naturally Schools program this year.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Fluvanna Ruritan Lake – Low Lake Level (Fluvanna Ruritan)In 2018, the spillway of Fluvanna Ruritan Lake sustained storm damage that needs repair. The lake is being maintained at a lower level (3–5 feet below normal pool) to limits the amount of discharge released through the spillway until repairs can be made. Planning for the repair project has begun and the agency is looking to secure funding to complete the project. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Any updates on the repairs or water levels will be posted on this page. |
|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.|
|Powhatan Lakes – Low Lake Level (Powhatan Lakes)In 2018, the spillways of both lakes sustained storm damage that need substantial repair. The Powhatan Lakes are being maintained at lower levels (4–6 feet below normal pool) to limits the amount of discharge released through the spillways until repairs can be made. Planning for the repair project has begun and the agency is looking to secure funding to complete the repairs. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Any updates on the repairs or water levels will be posted on this page.|
|Diascund Reservoir Boat Ramp Closed for Paving (Diascund Landing)The Diascund Reservoir boat ramp will be closed June 4–5, 2020, for paving.|
|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.|
|DGIF Fee Fishing Areas Reopening June 1 (Trout Fishing Guide)As Virginia begins to slowly "reopen" parks and recreation areas that have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DGIF has decided to reopen the three Fee Fishing Areas where hatchery trout are stocked (Clinch Mountain, Crooked Creek, and Douthat State Park).
To minimize angler crowding, stocking days and time of day will be randomly determined, and not announced to the public. Requirements and regulations for the Fee Fishing Areas will remain the same. A Daily Permit will still be required to fish the Fee Fishing Areas during Free Fishing Days June 5–7, 2020.
Anglers are reminded to practice social distancing as recommended by the CDC. This involves keeping at least 6 feet from other people, wearing a face covering, and washing your hands frequently. Above all else, if you feel sick or have flu-like symptoms, please stay home and plan to go fishing when you are feeling healthy. DGIF will monitor the activities at the Fee Areas and if angler crowding or behavior compromises the health/safety of the public or hatchery staff, DGIF may decide to close the Fee Areas.|
|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.|
|Bridge Closure at Goshen and Little North Mountain WMA (Goshen - Little North Mountain Wildlife Management Area)Due to ongoing safety concerns, the swinging bridge access over the Maury River at Goshen and Little North Mountain WMA has been closed to the public until further notice. This bridge is the public access point to the southern portion of the Little North Mountain WMA and the only access point to VDCR Division of Natural Heritage's Goshen Pass Natural Area Preserve.|
|COVID-19 & the VBWT: Be Safe While Outdoors (Virginia Bird & Wildlife Trail)DGIF encourages you to be safe while outdoors. Before heading out, first check with individual sites on the Virginia Bird & Wildlife Trail to find out whether they are still open to the public. Information regarding closures is typically posted on a site's own website. Be advised that some sites, even if still open, may have certain public facilities closed during this time. If a site is still open, maintain CDC social distancing guidelines while enjoying the outdoors.|
|Trout Stocking Program Notices (Daily Trout Stocking Schedule)|
- In response to growing concern about the spread of COVID-19, DGIF will be making the following changes to the 2020 Trout Stocking Program. Beginning April 3, daily trout stockings will no longer be posted on the DGIF website or Trout Line. All open waters will continue to receive their full allotment of trout stockings as conditions allow. All Pre-Announced stockings including Urban Program Waters and the Youth-Only Stocked Trout Program will be rescheduled and will no longer be announced before hand. We continue to encourage everyone to continue to get outdoors and remind you to follow social distancing guidelines.
- Please check this list of waters that are closed to fishing and that will not be stocked until further notice.