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Lake Nelson

Nelson County Convention and Visitor Bureau, P.O. Box 636,, Lovingston, VA 22949

(434) 263-7015


Lake Nelson is a 40-acre lake with a maximum depth of 32 feet. The lake was drained in 1966, renovated, and reopened to the public in 1969. Located in the heart of Nelson County, the lake offers the angler a beautiful view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Gasoline engines are not permitted on this lake. Fishing regulations, including creel and size limits, are posted at the lake. There is an abundance of fishing opportunities at Lake Nelson. The most common sport fish species at the lake are largemouth bass, white and black crappie, sunfish, channel catfish, and blue catfish. Lake Nelson has a large parking area. There are good opportunities for bank anglers along the shoreline and a good concrete boat ramp and courtesy dock. For more information contact the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries, (804) 367-1000;


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