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Lake Orange

Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries, VA


Orange County is famous for its fertile red soils and picturesque farms. The gently rolling farmland and hardwood forests of the Piedmont provide the backdrop for this scenic lake. Constructed in 1964, this lake was designed for the angler. A concession, parking, and ramp are located on a peninsula that splits the lake basically in two. For superb angling in Central Virginia, try Orange Lake. At 124 acres, Lake Orange is among the largest Department lakes and one of the deepest overall with an average depth of 14 feet. A concession and boat ramp are located in the central area of the lake that helps make the entire lake accessible to all boaters. Fishing is especially enjoyable on this lake with its forested shoreline and the gently rolling hills. Four large fish attractors exist in the lake and are well marked by buoys. These attractors provide access to an abundant supply of fish, especially crappie. A handicapped accessible fishing pier provides deep water fishing opportunities to shore anglers. Largemouth bass fishing is very good and bluegill is abundant. Lake Orange is fertilized, and these additional nutrients provide just the right ingredients to boost fish production. Channel catfish are routinely stocked, and catfish up to 10 pounds are for the taking. Two pound catfish are a “dime a dozen.” In 1989 the unexpected occurred at Lake Orange. A 6-pound 13-ounce white bass was creeled and later recognized as a world record. Exactly how and when the white bass arrived at Lake Orange is unknown. There is a concession at the lake that provides boat rentals, bait and tackle. Picnic facilities with a shelter, tables, and grills are available. The lake is open year round for shore fishing and for private boats. The concession and other facilities are only available from March through October.


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