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Slate River Reservoir

Slate River Reservoir is located almost entirely within the Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest. When this 38-acre watershed was created, a great deal of standing timber was left to provide fish habitat. The lake is shallow, stump-filled, and has an abundance of aquatic vegetation. Slate River offers a warmwater fishery for largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, crappie, and chain pickerel.

Maps & Directions

From Appomattox take Rt 24 North, turn right on Francisco Rd, left on Andersonville Rd, and left on Slate River Forest Ln.

From Farmville take Rt 15 North, turn left on to Francisco Rd, right on Andersonville Rd, and left on Slate River Forest Ln.

From Dillwyn take Rt 15 South, turn right on to Andersonville Rd, and left on to Slate River Forest Ln.


Slate River offers modest fishing opportunities for largemouth bass, sunfish, crappie, and channel catfish. Abundance is generally low for all species with some opportunity for quality fish.

Biologist Reports


Largemouth Bass

  • 12 inches minimum
  • 5 per day

Channel Catfish

  • 8¬†per day
  • 15¬†inches minimum

All Other Species

  • Statewide Limits Apply

Only electric motors are allowed.

The lake is open from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.

A state forest permit is required to fish the lake.

Facilities, Amenities, and Nearby Attractions

Slate River Reservoir has a gravel boat ramp with ample parking.

More Information

For additional information visit the State Forest website or contact:

Department of Forestry at 434-983-2175


Department of Wildlife Resources at 434-392-9645