Slate Lick Lake

This 10-acre impoundment is located in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests in western Rockingham County. It is stocked with harvestable sized brook trout and fingerling channel catfish, and it also contains a good largemouth bass and sunfish population. Catfish fishing opportunities were further improved in 1997 with the stocking of catchable size (average 1.2 pounds) channel catfish. A creel limit of four-fish-per-day was placed on channel catfish to promote better catfish angling. A 14-inch minimum length limit was established for largemouth bass in 1997 to increase the predator population to “thin out” the now abundant sunfish.

Access to the lake is restricted, requiring a 0.8-mile hike from the gate on Forest Development Road (FDR) 230, off Route 817. A trout license is required to fish these waters from October 1 through June 15.

Maps & Directions

Access Site:

Do not use a GPS road navigation unit to find this lake unless you search for Hog Pen Rd, Fulks Run, VA 22830. This is the road the leads through Slate Lick Fields to Slate Lick Lake.

Directions: If searching with Google Maps look up Hog Pen Rd, Fulks Run, VA 22830. Follow Hog Pen Rd to a closed gate. There are two gates on the road to the lake. The first is approximately 2 miles from the lake and the second is approximately 0.8 miles from the lake. The first gate is closed seasonally by the U.S. Forest Service (Contact North River Ranger District for details 540-265-5100). The second gate is closed all year.

More Information

For more information, please contact:

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
517 Lee Highway P.O. Box 996
Verona, VA 24482
(540) 248-9360