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Phelps Pond

This pond is on the Phelps Wildlife Management Area in Fauquier County. It has largemouth bass, bluegill, redear, and channel catfish populations. The highlight here is the redear population, with recent surveys yielding trophy fish. The parking area is approximately 0.25-mile from the pond, and only carry-in boats are allowed. There is no boat ramp.

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

Phelps Pond is located on the C.F. Phelps WMA near Summerduck, Virginia. The pond is located about 200 yards down the hill from a small parking lot located near the WMA workcenter. No boat ramp exits, but anglers can carry canoes or small boats down to the pond if desired. Anglers can reach the Phelps Pond from I-95 and Fredericksburg by taking Rt. 17 North to Rt. 651. Take a left and follow Rt. 651 through Summerduck to the main WMA entrance on the left (gravel road bordered by two columns marked by a large DWR sign). The pond is about 1 mile down this road on the left behind the old plantation residence. Map











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 yes
  • Observation Platforms
  • Fishing Pier/Platform
  • Boat Ramps
  • Motorboat Access
  • Horsepower Limit
  • Electric Motor Only
  • Paddle Access
  • Camping
  • Primitive Camping Only

More Information

Additional information about the lake can be obtained by contacting the DWR Regional Office in Fredericksburg at 540-899-4169.