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Fluvanna Ruritan Lake

Important Notices For This Site

Fluvanna Ruritan Lake – Low Lake LevelThe 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. Any updates on the repairs or water levels will be posted on this page.


This site holds a lot of potential for a wildlife-packed excursion. Start at the lake and scan the far banks and the numerous small coves and bays for great blue herons standing motionless in the shadows. Ospreys can be seen overhead, surveying the bass population for their next meal, all the while, lazy eastern painted turtles soak up the sun. The open waters attract a variety of waterfowl, especially during winter, with American widgeon, gadwall, northern shovelers and ruddy ducks mixed in with American coots, and the occasional pied-billed grebe.

The shoreline and woods around the boat landing are alive with red-bellied and hairy woodpeckers sculpting their next wooden masterpiece. Also check the noisy flocks of Carolina chickadees and tufted titmice for migrant warblers such as, black-throated green and black-throated blue, as well as other passersby such as, Carolina wren or a wintering yellow-bellied sapsucker. Rounding out the colorful mosaic are various butterflies, such as the red-spotted purples and question marks that can be seen in open moist areas around the edges of the lake’s boat landing.

Note: To access the site, a Restore the Wild Membership, Virginia hunting license, freshwater fishing license, boat registration, or an access permit is required.


From US-15 in Palmyra, head south for 0.4 miles. Turn right onto VA-53 West towards Cunningham. In Cunningham, look for Public Fishing Lake signs on Rt. 53 and follow to the lake, making a left onto State Rt 619/ Ruritan Lake Rd. Continue for 3.3 miles, then turn right and continue to lake.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: DWR Region 4 Offices: 540-899-4169 (Fredricksburg), 540-248-9360 (Verona), Contact Us
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  • Access: Open daily. Restore the Wild Membership, hunting license, freshwater fishing license, boat registration, or an access permit is required.

Birds Recently Seen at Fluvanna Ruritan Lake (as reported to eBird)

  • Wood Duck
  • Mallard
  • Mourning Dove
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  • Killdeer
  • Green Heron
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Osprey
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Belted Kingfisher

Seasonal Bird Observations


  • Parking
  • Kayak/Canoe Launch
  • Boat Ramp