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Facility Closures & Alerts

Amelia WMA Sighting-In Range Closure (Amelia)Due to continuous vandalism at the Amelia WMA sighting-in range, the range has been temporarily closed. The range will reopen on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. After reopening, range users will be required to bring their own target frames and paper targets only.
Urban Trout Stockings (Daily Trout Stocking Schedule)

Urban Trout Stockings are scheduled for:

  • Ivy Creek Park (Lynchburg) on January 11
  • Shields Lake (Richmond) and Dorey Park (Henrico) on January 12
  • Locust Shade (Prince William) on January 25
  • Armistead Point Park (Hampton) and Northwest River Park (Chesapeake) on January 26
Doe Creek WMA: Limited Hunting Opportunities Due to Abnormally Dry Conditions (Doe Creek)At this time, limited hunting opportunities are available due to abnormally dry conditions. For other opportunities for walk-in waterfowl hunting on the Eastern Shore, please check out Saxis WMA or Mockhorn Island - GATR Tract.
Doe Creek WMA: Coming Soon (Doe Creek)Please check back for updates as staff work to get newly acquired properties open for public access. Information will be posted as it becomes available. Learn more about the Eastern Shore Conservation Initiative and how it will benefit wildlife and Virginians »
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.
Chandler’s Mill Pond Drawdown (Chandler's Mill Pond)In the early morning hours of November 12th, Chandler's Mill Pond in Montross, along with much of Virginia, was subject to extreme rainfall as moisture from Tropical Storm Eta collided with a cold front moving in from the west. The total rainfall from this storm likely exceeded 6 inches over the pond. This resulted in the overtopping of the dam and flooding across Rt 3, resulting in a closure of this roadway. Responding to reports of the rising water, DWR Conservation Police Officers accessed the dam and opened the flood gates, allowing the dam to draw down. DWR staff remained on site to monitor the dam until conditions were deemed stable. Monitoring continued over the next few days and DWR Engineering staff inspected the dam, finding that while there are a few small areas of erosion in need of repair, the structure remains structurally sound and without any failure of the dam. To allow staff time to assess the flooding event and ensure maximum safety, DWR has decided to fully drawdown Chandler's Mill Pond for the time being. This will enable a thorough review of the dam's performance during the storm and inform potential adjustments that may further improve dam safety at this site. Following these assessments and adjustments the pond will be reflooded.
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.
Dutch Gap Boat Ramp (Dutch Gap)Chesterfield County has assumed all operational control of the Dutch Gap Boat Ramp. Please note that there may be significant delays to traffic due to truck activity related to removal of fly ash at the adjacent Dominion Power site. For more information please go to Chesterfield's website or Dominon's website.
Fluvanna Ruritan Lake Boat Ramp Closed (Ruritan Lake)The Fluvanna - Ruritan Lake boat ramp will be closed beginning October 8, 2018, until further notice.
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.
Notices for Mill Creek Boat Access (Mill Creek)Due to the potential for shoaling at this site boaters are urged to use caution when landing and launching.
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.
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.
Notice Regarding Walk-In Traffic at DWR Offices (Office Locations & Hours)The DWR Headquarters Lobby in Henrico is open to walk-ins every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. All other DWR offices and fish hatcheries are closed to walk-in traffic until further notice. More Information »
Consumer Alert: Home Aquarium Moss Balls May Be Contaminated with Invasive Zebra Mussels (Zebra Mussels (Dreissena polymorpha))The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) is warning anyone who has recently purchased live marimo moss balls that they may be contaminated with invasive zebra mussels. These moss balls are commonly sold for aquarium use under trade names such as “Betta Buddy” and “Mini Marimo Moss Balls.” This product was sold through physical pet stores and online retail outlets. Contaminated moss balls have been confirmed at several stores in Virginia.

Consumers who have recently purchased marimo moss balls should dispose of them immediately by placing them in a plastic bag and freezing them overnight, boiling them or soaking them overnight in a bleach solution (one cup of bleach per gallon of water). The moss balls should then be bagged and disposed of in the trash. Aquariums should be cleaned by first removing the fish, adding bleach, and then disposing of the water down the sink or toilet. Learn more about what to do if you recently purchased moss balls for your aquiarium.

Under no circumstance should moss balls, or any aquarium species, be released into the environment. Penalties for the unlawful act of releasing zebra mussels, which are known to be associated with these moss balls, may reach $25,000 and may include additional fines for investigation and eradication.

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Tackle Loaner Requests Suspended Until Further Notice (Tackle Loaner Program)Tackle Loaner requests have been temporally suspended until further notice.
C.F. Phelps WMA: Sighting-In Range Closure (C.F. Phelps)The Phelps WMA sighting-in range will be closed, effective immediately, until further notice. Due to the recent heavy snows, downed trees and limbs are obstructing the range access road.
James River WMA – Road Closure (James River)The seasonal road at the Tye River unit of the James River WMA is closed until further notice due to trees falling and blocking the road. This notice will be removed when the road has been reopened.
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.
White Oak Mountain WMA Closures (White Oak Mountain)The seasonal roads and sighting-in-range at White Oak Mountain WMA will be closed starting January 16, 2022 until further notice due to the winter storm. This notice will be removed when the area is reopened.
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.
Lovill’s Creek Lake (Carroll County) – Access Road Under Repair (Lovill's Creek Lake)The access road to the boating access site at Lovill's Creek Lake was washed out in a recent storm. Carroll County is in the process of repairing the road, but the completion date is unknown. Only four-wheel-drive vehicles or vehicles with high clearance are recommended until the road can be repaired.
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.
Notice of Logging Activity: Carlisle Tract of Hog Island WMA (Hog Island Wildlife Management Area)Logging activity is taking place at the Carlisle Tract of the Hog Island WMA. This timber harvest includes clear cuts to expand and improve early successional field habitat and thinnings to improve oak regeneration and forest habitat. All WMA visitors are asked to use caution. This logging activity was carefully planned with wildlife habitat, sustainability and safety in mind. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
DWR 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 Wildlife Resources (DWR) promotes public access whenever possible, due to the age and continuing deterioration of the fishing platform and concrete pathway, DWR has removed it. The site continues to be available for shoreline fishing.
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 Wildlife Resources (DWR) 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, DWR 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. DWR understands this is going to impair the use of the lake. DWR staff have already begun discussing temporary improvements so anglers and boaters can access the lake. DWR 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 Thompson Closed to Fishing (Lake Thompson)Lake Thompson is currently closed to fishing.
Changes to Deep Bottom and Osborne Pike Boat Access Schedules (Deep Bottom)Henrico County Parks and Recreation will be closing the ramp at Deep Bottom Park at sunset beginning on September 27, 2021. To ensure continued access for night-time angling on the James River the Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) will be opening the Osborne Landing Boat ramp to night-time launching effective immediately.
COVID-19 & the VBWT: Be Safe While Outdoors (Virginia Bird & Wildlife Trail)DWR encourages you to be safe while outdoors. Before heading out, first check with individual sites on the Virginia Bird & Wildlife Trail for any COVID-19 policies or closures. This information is typically posted on a site's own website. Remember to maintain CDC social distancing guidelines while enjoying the outdoors.
Trout Stocking Program Notices (Daily Trout Stocking Schedule)
  • Beginning October 1, DWR will resume announcement of stockings via the Daily Trout Stocking webpage and the Trout Line (434-525-3474). Information is updated each day after 3 PM during the stocking season.
  • All Hatcheries are closed to visitors until further notice.
  • The concession stand at Crooked Creek is currently closed. Daily permits will need to be purchased beforehand using the DWR Go Outdoors Virginia app or by visiting Walmart in Galax.
Notice of Logging Activity (Clinch Mountain)Logging activity is taking place in the Twin Hollows area of Clinch Mountain WMA to improve wildlife habitats. Logging trucks will be transporting forest products along Laurel Bed Lake Road and Tumbling Creek Road daily. All WMA visitors are advised to drive slowly and use caution, while traveling to and from Laurel Bed Lake and while traveling along Tumbling Creek Road. This logging activity was carefully planned with wildlife habitat, sustainability and safety in mind. Thank you for your patience and understanding.