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Due to exceptionally dry conditions, the Department of Wildlife Resources has implemented a complete ban on any open burning (e.g., campfires, grills) on all DWR properties west of Interstate 95, effective immediately and lasting until further notice.

Pre-Announced Trout Stocking

Stocking times may vary depending on the distance from the hatchery to the receiving water but most stocking will occur between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. There will be no temporary stream or lake closures associated with these stocking events. The DWR may postpone or change the date of any of these stocking events due to circumstances that compromise the resource or public safety.

2023 Pre-Announced Trout Stocking Dates

Water Stocking Date
Lake Thompson (Fauquier Co.) April 7
South River – Ridgeview Park & Grottoes Park (Augusta/Rockingham Co.) March 22
Jackson River – Hidden Valley (Bath Co.) April 14
North River – Upper & Gorge (Augusta Co.) March 24
Mint Springs Lake (Albemarle Co.) March 17
Rural Retreat Pond (Wythe Co.) April 15
Barbour’s Creek (Craig Co.) April 21
Middle Fork Holston River (Smyth Co.) May 26
South Fork Powell River (Wise Co.) May 5
Roanoke River (Roanoke City) May 5
Pigg River (Franklin Co.) March 17
Liberty Lake (Bedford Co.) March 24