Henrico County Parks Lakes
Henrico County has numerous lakes spread throughout its park system and most provide good fishing. All are open from dawn to dusk.
Dorey Park Lake is a five-acre pond with largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, and channel catfish. Dorey is one of the Urban Fishing Program lakes that are stocked with channel catfish annually. The trout-stocking phase of the program (winter only), which was discontinued several years ago, may be re-initiated during the fall of 2006. A trout fishing license will be required if trout are stocked. The park is on Darbytown Road, east of Richmond, off Laburnum Avenue. From Route I-295, take Exit 22 and go west to Laburnum then right to Darbytown. More detailed information on this lake.
Crump Lake is a 1-acre pond in the heart of Crump Park in Henrico County. The park and the lake are on Courtney Road, northwest of Richmond at Glen Allen. From I-295 take Route 33 (Staples Mill Road) east and turn left on Mountain Road and watch for signs on the left. Crump Lake is managed as a channel catfish pond and is stocked annually. A few bluegill and redear sunfish can also be found in the pond. It does not have a ramp or concessions, but bank fishing and picnicking are available. More detailed information on this lake.
Echo Lake Park, a 12-acre lake owned and operated by Henrico County, is now reopened to the general public. In July 2008, Henrico County temporarily drained Echo Lake to complete a habitat improvement project. A complete draining of the lake was needed to complete the project, so fish populations in the lake were greatly reduced. VDGIF plans to restock the lake over the next few years. Sunfish will be stocked in the lake in 2009, while bass and catfish will be restocked in 2010 and 2011. To facilitate the recovery of the fish populations, the lake will temporarily be managed under a catch-and-release-only fishing regulation. More detailed information on this lake.
Three Lakes Park is owned and operated by Henrico County. It’s located in the northeastern portion of the county on Wilkinson Road, one mile east of Rt. 301. The three lakes, all approximately 3 acres in size, are actually old borrow pits dug during the construction of I-64. They now serve as the main attraction for the park. Fishing is allowed in two of the three lakes (No. 1 and No. 3). Largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, and channel catfish are the primary species available to anglers. The middle lake (No. 2) has a nature center with a large aquarium embedded in the shoreline, and it is closed to fishing. The nature center was badly damaged during Hurricane Isabel, and at the time of this report, was still being rebuilt. No boats are allowed, but most areas of Lake No. 1 can be accessed along the shoreline, at the picnic pavilion, and/or from the fishing pier. There is a playground, picnic shelter, and walking trails available for family or group-use year-round. More detailed information on this lake.
Deep Run Park is owned and operated by Henrico County on the West side of the City of Richmond. Specifically, it is located ½ mile south of I-64, just west of the intersection of Gaskins Road (Rt. 157) and Ridgefield Parkway. It is a beautifully wooded park that contains two ponds, adjacent to each other, both of approximately 2 acres. Largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, and channel catfish are the primary species available to anglers. There are numerous picnic pavilions and shelters available to both anglers and waterfowl-watchers. More detailed information on this lake.
For information about any of the Henrico County Park lakes, call the Henrico County Parks and Recreation Department at 804-501-5108.