The 1,422-acre property known as Stumpy Lake, located along the south central City boundary with Chesapeake was acquired in 2001 from the City of Norfolk. Stumpy Lake currently consists of a 278-acre lake with a raised ADA compliant overlook, 174-acre golf course, with approximately 970+ acres of undeveloped, forested land surrounding the lake and 1.65 miles of soft shared use trails. As a valuable aesthetic resource, the Stumpy Lake Natural Area offers opportunity for passive recreational uses, such as hiking, fishing, bird watching, nature observation and photography.
A canoe/kayak launch is located just after the causeway from Indian River Road near the entrance to the Stumpy Lake Golf Course. The launch opened in November 2011 and provides first time-ever water access to Stumpy Lake. Designed for non-motorized vessels, the launch is also fully ADA compliant. Parking spaces are available for 12 cars and two trailers.
Learn more about the Master Plan for Stumpy Lake Natural Area
Boating & Fishing
- Fishing from land and water is permitted with a Virginia Freshwater Fishing License
- Motorized vessels are not permitted
- Watercraft must be launched from Canoe/Kayak launch
- Swimming is prohibited
- Stand up paddle boarding is permitted