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Lake Thompson

Lake Thompson is a 10-acre lake on the Virginia DWR’s G. Richard Thompson Wildlife Management Area in Fauquier County.

To reach Lake Thompson, take Interstate 66 to the west of Marshall, VA. Take exit 18 to (Route 688) at Markham, VA. Travel north on Route 688 for about 4 miles. Along the way, you will pass by the first WMA parking lot on your left. Continue to travel up 688 past the orchard and winery until you see the second parking lot on the left for Lake Thompson.

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.










Biologist Reports

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

More Information

For more information of Lake Thompson, please contact:

Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources
1320 Belman Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
(540) 899-4169