Hunting Run Reservoir is a 420-acre water supply reservoir owned and operated by Spotsylvania County. The lake was stocked by the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources and opened to fishing by Spotsylvania County in fall 2007. There is one access point near the upper end of the lake off Ely’s Ford Road. The lake has an excellent largemouth bass population that is currently “bass heavy” or “predator heavy”.
Location: 9701 Elys Ford Road (Do not use the address on the website. It will lead you to a private access road. Yep, that happened to us.)
Access is located off Ely’s Ford Road (Route 610) about 2.1 miles north of Route 3 (on the right-hand side if traveling towards Ely’s Ford from Route 3). Do not use the GPS, it will lead you astray. You will most likely end up on the wrong side of the reservoir. (That also happened to us.)
Hours: 6:00 a.m. to dusk or 8:00 p.m., whichever occurs first
- February – March: Saturdays & Sundays
- April – mid October: Thursday – Sunday
- Open Memorial Day, Labor Day & Columbus Day
- Closed for the season beginning mid October
Amenities: Ample Parking, Restrooms, Picnic Tables, Boat Ramps, Paddle Access, Fishing Pier
Fishing Permits: Permits cost $3-$7 per day depending on residency. Season passes for Hunting Run Reservoir are only $8 for anglers from Spotsylvania, $10 for Fredericksburg and Stafford. Season access to both Ni River and Hunting Run costs $15 for Spotsylvania, $18 for Fredericksburg, and Stafford and $25 for all others. Senior citizens over age 62 have free access, and children under 16 have free access.
Boat Rentals: Boat rentals are $6/hour with a minimum of three hours and can be rented for up to eight hours. If using your own boat, it must have an electric motor.
Website: Hunting Run Reservoir
The first time we headed to Hunting Run Reservoir was to attend the Frog Finders program with the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office Division of Animal Control. This is a FREE program offered through Spotsylvania Parks & Rec. The program started at 8 p.m. so it was getting dark.
We met at the reservoir for a quick Environmental Science lesson. The kids got to touch different animal furs. They were also given a nice identification book with a CD of different frog calls. The sheriffs briefly went over the book, and then we headed out on our frog finding expedition. The sheriff’s department provided the nets and containers. We just had to bring the flashlights.
We all enjoyed walking around for 30 minutes looking for frogs. We gathered at the end to show off our findings. Then we released all of the frogs.
Unfortunately, because of the cold weather, there were very few frogs out. Number five found an American toad under a boat, and Number four found a turtle. That was the extend of our findings. A few other attendees found some frogs.
We had a great time! We can’t wait to explore in the daytime.
***The Kids’ Fishing Derby is coming up on Saturday, June 19th, 2021. It will be held at Hunting Run Reservoir. Registration for this FREE event ends June 11th. Click HERE for more information.