Facility Closures & Alerts

Hog IslandBow 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.
Chandler's Mill PondThe 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 BridgeClarkton 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.
Ruritan LakeThe Fluvanna - Ruritan Lake boat ramp will be closed beginning October 8, 2018, until further notice.
Ground Squirrel BridgeDue to recent flooding mud and debris maybe present on the slide. Use caution when launching and retrieving.
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.
WhitethornePlease 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 LandingDue to recent high water events the landing and surrounding area may be covered in mud and debris. Additionally, due to permitting issues and anadromous fish time-of-year restrictions, silt will not be able to be removed from the basin until after June 15, 2019, at the earliest. This will make launching and retrieving hazardous especially in low tide situations. For additional information, please contact the City of Richmond Department of Parks and Recreation 804-646-5733 with any questions.
Maury RiverMaury 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.
Lake MerriweatherAttention 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.
RapidanPublic 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 LakeThe 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.
Hearthstone LakeHearthstone 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 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.
Robious LandingDue to recent high water events, mud and slippery conditions may be present. Use caution when launching and retrieving.
Osborne Pike LandingBoaters 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.