Beaverdam Reservoir in Ashburn to reopen for recreation Saturday
The popular local site for kayaking, fishing and enjoying waterside scenery will remain open for all of 2015 and likely through the summer months of 2016, according to Loudoun Water, which owns the property. Reservoir access will be open from dusk till dawn seven days a week.
The leisure element of the reservoir will now be managed by NOVA Parks.
Access points can be found off Belmont Ridge on Mt. Hope Road.
Loudoun Water officials are reminding local residents the reservoir is primarily a source of public drinking water, thus urging everyone to keep the water clean.
The reopening comes more than a year after the reservoir was abruptly closed in April 2014. The access restriction was necessary, officials said, so engineers could upgrade the site to meet Virginia dam safety design and regulatory criteria, as well as address safety and land use management issues.
For years, Beavercreek Dam Reservoir had been a popular spot for water sports. So when the announcement was made in 2014 that the property would be closed to the public for two years, Loudoun Water and the county Board of Supervisors found themselves faced with a barrage of complaints from residents who used the facility for recreation.
Loudoun Water purchased the reservoir, along with the Goose Creek Reservoir, Goose Creek Water Treatment Plant and the water transmission pipeline along the W&OD Trail to the Fairfax County line, in January 2014 as part of a $30 million deal with the City of Fairfax.
Loudoun Water officials say the organization is working with the community and stakeholders to shore up a long-term recreational vision for the reservoir. According to an announcement about the reopening, the reservoir will be closed in 2017 and 2018 before permanently reopening in 2019.