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Powhatan Ponds

Important Notices for this Waterbody

Sunfish Pond Low Water Notice

Due to a leak in the stand pipe for the Sunfish pond the water levels will remain low and fluctuate. Anglers are prohibited from fishing in the immediate area of the stand pipe until further notice. Fishing can still be done from the parking area at the upper part of the lake but caution should be used due to the mud and sediment. Please also consider the Bullhead Pond or Bass Pond as alternatives when fishing at this area.

The Powhatan Ponds are three small ponds of nine, eight, and two acres respectively, located on the Powhatan Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The Bass and the Sunfish ponds contain largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, redear, pumpkinseed sunfish, and catfish. They produce 6-8 inch redear and bluegill, and good numbers of 10-14 inch bass. Look for small crappie spawning along the dams in late April. The Catfish Pond is stocked annually with keeper size channel cats.

All of these ponds are good spots to bring young anglers who like to have a lot of action. There is a dirt ramp at the upper and lower ponds for carry-in car tops and canoes. Only electric motors are allowed and these ponds are open a half-hour before sunrise until 11:00 p.m.

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 60 west to Route 627 at Smith’s Crossroads, turn left and go to the Route 662 entrance to the WMA. Map




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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