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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.

Hearthstone Lake

Hearthstone Lake is a 7-acre impoundment in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests north of Stokesville. Hearthstone is managed for warm-water and cold-water angling opportunities. In the fall of 2020, the lake was refilled after extensive dam repairs were completed. Trout stocking resumed in October 2020. Unfortunately, the drawdown eliminated the warm water sport fish populations within the lake. Biologists are currently developing a plan to restock, but anglers will have to be patient while the populations recover.

Maps & Directions

Access Hearthstone Lake off Forest Development Road (FDR) 101 from Route 718 north of Stokesville.

Map to Hearthstone Lake:











Hearthstone Lake Fish Habitat Map:

Biologist Reports

  • None available at this time.
  • Regulations


    • Trout are stocked from October through May
    • A trout license is required to fish these waters from October 1 through June 15.

    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

    Facilities include a primitive, boat launch and dirt parking area, and there is good bank access on the south side of the lake.

    More Information

    For more information, please contact:

    Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources
    517 Lee Highway P.O. Box 996
    Verona, VA 24482
    (540) 248-9360