Reservoir is opening this Summer!

A quick update from our friends at Loudoun Water:

Beaverdam Reservoir Update – March 2019

With the Beaverdam spillway renovation project nearing completion, Loudoun Water and NOVA Parks expect to allow recreational activities on the water at Beaverdam Reservoir this summer. However, the exact timeframe for re-opening is unclear at this point due to construction delays. Record-setting rainfall over the last year has impacted the original schedule.

The dam embankment needs to be completed prior to refilling the reservoir, and presently the fill material at the site that will be used to construct the embankment is too wet to place and compact.  We are hopeful that weather conditions improve to help dry the material so it can be used for construction.

Once the embankment area is complete, we can begin refilling the reservoir. At that point, we will have a more definitive timeframe for safely allowing people back on the water.

Our timeline:

·         2017 – 2019: Reservoir water access closed to the public

·         Summer of 2019 – Actual Date TBD: Reservoir water access re-opened for the public

·         Spring of 2020: Estimated to begin Reservoir Park construction

·         Spring of 2021: Estimated Reservoir Park construction completion

4 thoughts on “Reservoir is opening this Summer!”

  1. Disappointing that the actual park has not received any development whatsoever. It seems the schedule has slipped by two-years from the original project plan (shocker). I was there hiking/running on Christmas Day 2018. It appears that very little has been done to the site in preparation of its “grand opening” in 2019. It now sounds like the reservoir will be open in 2019 but the actual Park will be delayed 2-years+. The trail is still very difficult to actually find and once you do located the trail, it’s only 0.82 miles in length (from what I can tell, it starts at the National Parks HQ building and ends at Alford road). It’s very disappointing that our Parks and Rec are not prioritized in Loudoun Co. This project along with other promised but never delivered recreational projects such as the Rec Center off Truro Parish and the Hal and Berni Hanson Memorial Regional Park needed to be built yesterday, our community desperately needs them!

    1. David, I agree with many of your observations. The trail goes from HQ all the way to the dam. There are blue markers on the trees, but they are hard to spot at times and there have been several “detours” due to natural obstacles.

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