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Gatewood Reservoir

Gatewood Reservoir, a 162-acre water supply impoundment owned by the Town of Pulaski, is nestled in the hills of southwestern Pulaski County, Jefferson National Forest. Gatewood is a scenic lake, where you can still “get away from it all” for a day. It is an excellent spot to bring the family for a picnic or to camp and fish.

Current information on Gatewood Reservoir is available from their website at

Gatewood is only open to boats from the first weekend in April to the last weekend in November. Boats are available for rent during those same months. There is no ramp for trailer-launched boats, but boats that can be hand-launched are allowed. Only electric motors are allowed on the lake. During the open season Gatewood Reservoir is open for fishing 24 hours per day. Bank fishing is allowed year-round.

To get to the lake, travel west out of Pulaski on West Main Street, turn right on Magazine Street, then left on Mount Olivet Road, which winds its way to the park entrance. For a map and complete directions, go to the following website:

For more complete information on this reservoir, call Gatewood Park at 540-980-2561 or the Town of Pulaski at 540-994-8696, or visit Pulaski

Maps & Directions

Access Site: Map



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Big Bluegill and Redear Sunfish are the main attractions at this clear water lake. Fishing for Largemouth Bass is also very good. Smallmouth Bass are also found in this cool water lake, providing the opportunity for anglers to catch occasional 2-3 pound fish. Black Crappie can be caught around the numerous beaver lodges located on the lake. Channel Catfish are stocked every two years, and an occasional 20-pounder is caught.

Biologist Reports


The only size limits on fish in Gatewood Reservoir are:


  • 12 inch minimum size limit, 5 per day creel limit

Channel Catfish

  • 18 inch minimum size limit, 5 per day creel limit

Other Species

  • Statewide daily creel limits are enforced

Facilities, Amenities, and Nearby Attractions

Nearby Attractions


  • Fee
  • Parking
  • Handicap-Accessible
  • Food Concession
  • Picnic Tables
  • Grills
  • Restrooms


  • Hiking Trails
  • Bike Trails
  • Viewing Blinds
  • Observation Platforms
  • Fishing Pier/Platform
  • Boat Ramps
  • Motorboat Access
  • Horsepower Limit
  • Electric Motor Only
  • Paddle Access
  • Camping
  • Primitive Camping Only

Lake facilities include a campground, picnic areas, nature trails, and wilderness camping.

More Information

For Additional Information, contact:

For more complete information on this reservoir, visit their website at or call  the Town of Pulaski at 540-994-8696.