Fishing at the dam

Fishing has resumed at Leesville Lake Dam following repairs.


Appalachian Power and the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) have reopened the Leesville Dam Tailrace Fishing Access. A small section of the lower walkway remains closed awaiting repairs.

All of the public access fishing location, on the north side of the Staunton River at the base of Leesville Dam in Campbell County, was closed July 3 after damage was discovered to a concrete walkway and fishing platform that could cause public safety issues.

That area is nearest the dam. It has been cordoned off and warning signs erected. It will be closed to the public until the damage can be repaired. 

The remaining and largest part of the fishing access is now open to the public.

The popular fishing spot is located on Appalachian property and maintained by VDGIF.

eesville Dam is the lower dam of the two-reservoir Smith Mountain pumped storage hydroelectric project operated by Appalachian Power in southwestern Virginia. Leesville Lake is located in Bedford, Campbell and Pittsylvania counties on the Roanoke River.