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James River State Park Lakes

James River State Park is most notable for its tremendous views and excellent access to the James River. The 1440-acre Park is one of the newest in the state and boasts three miles of James River frontage. What few Virginians probably realize is that James River State Park is also home to two small fishing ponds. These include Green Hill Pond (2 acres) and Taylor Pond (1 acre). Branch Pond (5 acres) was closed to fishing in 2021 after a dam failure drained the lake.

Maps & Directions

James River State Park is located in Buckingham County. From U.S. 60 West, turn right onto Route 605 at the James River Bridge. Travel seven miles, then turn left onto Route 606.


Green Hill pond provides phenomenal fishing opportunities with great bank access and healthy populations of largemouth bass and redear sunfish. Bluegill and black crappie are also present in Green Hill pond and support modest fisheries.

Branch Pond was closed to fishing in 2021 after a dam failure drained the lake.

Biologist Reports


Black Bass

(Smallmouth, Largemouth and Spotted)

  • 5 per day in aggregate, only 1 greater then 22 inches
  • No bass 14 to 22 inches

Channel Catfish

  • 5 fish per day
  • 15 inch minimum length limit

All other species are managed under statewide regulations.

More Information

For more information on the Park, contact the Department of Conservation and Recreation at 434-933-4355 or visit the State Park’s website.