Canoe/Kayak Launch at Stumpy Lake Natural Area Now Open

Located just after the causeway from Indian River Road near entrance to Stumpy Lake Golf Course at 4797 Indian River Road in Virginia Beach

Monday, November 28, 2011

A canoe/kayak launch at Stumpy Lake Natural Area, located at 4797 Indian River Road in Virginia Beach, is now open to the public. Located just after the causeway from Indian River Road near the entrance to the Stumpy Lake Golf Course, the launch will give patrons first time-ever water access to Stumpy Lake.  Designed for non-motorized vessels and ADA compliant, the Stumpy Lake canoe/kayak facility has 12 parking spaces which include one handicap space, and two for trailer parking.

The Stumpy Lake property consists of a 278-acre lake and a 174-acre golf course with approximately 970+ acres of undeveloped, forested land surrounding the lake. The Stumpy Lake Natural Overlook was incorporated in October 2010 to provide citizens an opportunity for passive recreational uses, such as hiking, bird watching, nature observation and photography.

In 2001, the City of Virginia Beach purchased the 1,422-acre property known as Stumpy Lake from the City of Norfolk through its Open Space Program. Since its purchase, the City has taken a number of steps to both engage the public in discussions on potential future uses and to learn about the property's natural resources and the constraints or opportunities those resources might pose to future recreational activities.

No swimming or fishing is permitted from the launch area; however, fishing regulations are monitored by Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries on the Outlook. The facility closes at 5:00 pm daily during the winter season.

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