Route 619, Cunningham, VA 22963
Located in Northwestern Fluvanna County, this public lake was developed with support from the Fluvanna Ruritan Club, which secured the location and land for the lake. The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries manages the lake for recreational boating and fishing.<p> Constructed in 1956, this 50-acre lake lies in the gently rolling Piedmont of Virginia. Remnants of an old mill now lie submerged under ten feet of water in the center of the lake. The heavily wooded shoreline provides a peaceful retreat throughout the year, from the cooling greens of summer to the gentle hues of dogwood and redbud in the spring and the fiery colors of maple and oak in fall. The lake is open 24 hours a day, year-round.<p> Fishing and boating are the main recreational opportunities at Ruritan Lake, with excellent populations of bluegill, bass, crappie and sunfish for the angler. Shore fishing is most easily accomplished at the dam and near the boat ramp. No gasoline engines are permitted at Lake Ruritan, and swimming, sailing, wading and trot lines are prohibited as well.<p> Located within a pleasant half-hour drive from Charlottesville, this lake is off Rt. 619 just west of Cunningham. Public Fishing Lake signs in Cunningham (Rt. 53) direct visitors to the lake. The lake is open 24 hours a day, year round.