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Lake Gordon

This 157-acre, Department of Wildlife Resources-owned, lake in Mecklenburg County has a very good largemouth bass population. Recent sampling showed many bass over 15 inches, with a fair number of bass over 20 inches. Lake Gordon also has good redear sunfish populations, fair crappie and chain pickerel populations, and is a very good channel catfish lake. Channel catfish are stocked annually to maintain the fishery.

Access Permit Requirement

The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) requires an Access Permit for visitors to department-owned Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and public fishing lakes, who are age 17 and older, unless they possess a valid Virginia hunting, freshwater fishing, or trapping license, or a current Virginia boat registration. Learn more about the Access Permit.

Maps & Directions

Take U.S. Route 1 south and Route 58 west out of South Hill to Route 664, and then turn right (west) on Route 799 to the lake.



Biologist Reports


  • Largemouth bass: 14–18 slot, 5 per day (all bass 14 to 18 inches must be released unharmed)
  • Sunfish: no size limit, 50 per day
  • Crappie: no size limit, 25 per day
  • Channel catfish: 15 inches minimum, 8 per day

The following are prohibited on this property: Outboard motor use, swimming, open air fires, trotlines, littering, sailboats, alcohol, fishing tournaments involving prizes, trapping without permit, and camping.

Beware of the sunken stumps on the upper part of the lake.

More Information

For additional information, contact:

Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources
Fisheries Biologist
107 Foxwood Drive
Farmville, VA
Phone: 434-392-4369