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Stafford Parks & Places

Abel Reservoir
Stafford, VA
This 185-acre reservoir is long and ravine; it is almost too long for a single battery electric motor if you plan on traveling its length. Abel has some big largemouth bass, which can be difficult to catch. Abel doesn’t have a lot of structure, but has steep-sided banks covered with rocky outcroppings and large hemlocks in many places, reminiscent of a Canadian lake. Much of the shoreline has recently been colonized by hydrilla, a submersed aquatic plant. There are good crappie and chain pickerel populations. Pickerel as large as 3 pounds are caught annually. Bluegills and an excellent channel catfish population round out the catch able menu.

Snowden Playground Park

Fall Hill Avenue
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Playground and Open Play Area.  Hours: 6am – 10pm Daily.

Lake Anna State Park

6800 Lawyers Rd.
Spotsylvania, VA 22553
Lake Anna State Park has rental cabins, camping, more than 13 miles of hiking trails, lakeshore picnicking, a guarded swimming beach, a children’s play area, a boat ramp, a food concession stand, a bathhouse and a children’s and handicapped fishing pond.

Maury Playground Park

William St. & Kenmore Ave.
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Playground, Basketball Courts and Open Play Area.  Hours:  6am – 10pm Daily.