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County Pond/Brunswick Lake


County Pond, also known as Brunswick Lake, is a 157-acre impoundment that offers a large expanse of open water to explore for wildlife. Scan the numerous trees along the banks for perched belted kingfishers or listen for their far-carrying rattle as they fly back and forth across the water. During winter and migration, a variety of waterfowl drop in to feed and rest in these waters. Look for blue-winged teal and wood ducks in the shallows, and perhaps lesser scaups or other diving ducks in deeper water. The woods along the bank are filled with woodland species, such as tufted titmice and blue jays while the American goldfinch’s tinkling call can often be heard as they fly overhead.

Check amongst the thick growth of jewelweed for butterflies such as the silver-spotted skipper and the intricately patterned pearl crescent. The area is also great for dragonflies, with dozens of tiny eastern amberwings hovering close to shore, and stately slaty skimmers cruising the banks, joined by eastern pondhawks and blue dashers which occur in great numbers.


  • To access the site, a Restore the Wild Membership, Virginia hunting license, freshwater fishing license, boat registration, or an access permit is required.
  • The lake is surrounded by private property but DWR owns a 20-foot strip of land around the entire shoreline, which is open to the public. Please be mindful of the property lines.


Physical Coordinates: 36.793450, -77.742520

From I-85, take exit 34 for County Rd 630 toward Warfield and turn right (southeast) onto Sturgeon Rd. In 5.1 miles, turn left (east) onto Liberty Rd and continue onto Reedy Creek Rd in 2.1 miles. After 0.9 miles, turn right onto Rt. 638/County Pond Rd. In 2 miles, just past the bridge, turn left to find the parking lot and boat ramp.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Virginia DWR Region 2 Office: 434-525-7522, Contact Us
  • Website
  • Access: Woods: Free, day use only. Lake: Restore the Wild Membership, hunting license, freshwater fishing license, boat registration, or an access permit is required.

Seasonal Bird Observations


  • Parking
  • Kayak/Canoe Launch
  • Boat Ramp