The Jefferson National Forest, near Stewart Draft Virginia is where you will find Sherando Lake. This is a great family get away with lots of outdoor activities including, swimming, fishing, camping, picnicking, canoeing and hiking. The 25 acre spring fed lake with its sandy beaches is a nice relaxing place to visit.
I like to camp at Sherando Lake because of the beautiful scenery, spaced out camping spots and plenty to do. They have sites with electric and water is close by. The upper Sherando Lake is a good place for fly fishing or take a short trip to Waynesboro, VA and visit the South River. “The lower Sherando has a very good largemouth bass fishery. Bluegill and redear sunfish angling improved in the 1990s. Trophy channel catfish are present due to some changes in the stocking plan. Both lakes are stocked with catchable trout. The upper lake was drained in October 2001 and was restocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, and redear sunfish in 2002. Trout stocking and channel catfish stocking also resumed in 2002 in the upper lake.”[i]
Sherando Lakes – Regulations
From June 16 through September 30, general statewide fishing regulations apply. At this time no trout license is required. October 1 through June 15 a trout license is required. A National Forest Stamp is required all year.
- $8 per vehicle day use fee.
- $20 per single site per night, plus $5 electric fee (some sites).
- $30 for the double site per night, plus $5 electric fee (maximum 12 people).
- Group campsite: $50 per night per group site 1 – 15 people
- Group picnic shelter: $25 (maximum 50 people) (day use fee applies).
From I-64: Take exit 96 just east of Stuarts Draft. Turn south onto State Route (SR) 624 and continue. At Lyndhurst the road changes to SR 664 (Mount Torrey Road), but there is no distinct turn. Continue south on SR 664 approximately 8 miles to the entrance to Sherando Lake Recreation Area on the right.
From I-81: Take exit 217 for Mint Springs/ Stuarts Draft and continue east on State Route 654 (SR) to the stoplight. Turn left onto US 340 and continue into Stuarts Draft. Off US 340, take a right onto SR 662 at the third stop light. Continue on SR 662 to the stoplight at intersection with SR 608. Continue straight ahead on what is now SR 608 (Howardsville Turnpike) following the main road as it curves left and continue to the stop sign at the intersection with SR 610 (Mount Torry Road). Turn right onto SR 610 and continue 5 miles to the entrance to Sherando Lake Recreation Area on the right.
“The Civilian Conservation Corps (C.C.C) built Lower Sherando Lake (20 acres) in the mid-1930s, and the U.S. Soil Conservation Service built Upper Sherando Lake (seven acres) in 1958, both as flood control lakes. They are owned by the U. S. Forest Service and located in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. Full recreational facilities include campgrounds, swimming beach, bathhouse, and hiking trails. Small boats and canoes must be carried in, as there is no ramp.”ii