03/01/24: Beaverdam Reservoir Public Water Access to Re-Open from Mt. Hope Road on April 1, 2024

NOVA Parks and Loudoun Water are pleased to announce that on-water recreational activities on Beaverdam Reservoir will re-open on Monday, April 1. Reservoir Park is still an active construction site with heavy equipment, therefore it is unsafe for pedestrians and motorists to enter the new park site, and access remains prohibited. The public will only be able to access the reservoir from the Mt. Hope Road parking area. Please note that parking may be limited and that boating and/or coming ashore in areas near the Reservoir Park construction area is prohibited. Please see map for accessible areas.

01/25/24: Reservoir Park Update!

Construction is nearing completion and the reservoir is nearly refilled. As an active construction site with heavy equipment, it is unsafe for pedestrians and motorists to enter the new park site and access remains prohibited. Once water levels are safe to allow recreational activities, water access will be reopened at the Mt. Hope Road access point. Check out the latest photos of the park’s progress!

  

08/25/23: Reservoir Park Update!

Reservoir Park construction momentum continues with significant progress. Drone photos from August show the welcome center and crew/rowing facility building coming together, along with the pier that extends from the future boat launch and rental area. As an active construction site with heavy equipment, it is unsafe for pedestrians and motorists to enter the new park site and access remains prohibited. After the initial draw down of the reservoir's water level last fall to complete pier structures, the reservoir is now refilling naturally. Once water levels are safe to allow recreational activities, water access will be reopened at the Mt Hope Road access point. 

The new park is situated on the southeast side of Beaverdam Reservoir and is being funded and constructed under partnership between Loudoun Water and NOVA Parks. Reservoir Park is the result of many years of community input, stakeholder feedback, and careful planning and design. The innovative park design includes an entrance road, parking lot, welcome center, restroom building, crew facility, boat rental facility, several pavilions, trails, waterfront boardwalks, a bridge, plantings, site utilities, educational exhibits, and various other site features all designed with source water protection in mind. The Grand Opening is expected in Spring/Summer 2024.

 

  

 

10/17/22: Loudoun Water and NOVA Parks Break Ground on Reservoir Park at Beaverdam Reservoir

Loudoun Water and NOVA Parks announced the beginning of construction for the long-anticipated Reservoir Park. The milestone is the result of many years of community input, stakeholder feedback, and careful planning and design. Click Here to read full press release.

 

9/28/22 UPDATE! Reservoir Park Construction Getting Underway!

After many years of community input, stakeholder feedback, careful planning and design, construction for Reservoir Park is finally underway! Reservoir Park will be situated on the southeast side of Beaverdam Reservoir. The park is being funded and constructed under a partnership between Loudoun Water, which owns and maintains the 300-acre reservoir as a source of drinking water for Loudoun County residents and NOVA Parks, a regional park authority in Northern Virginia.

The innovative park design includes an entrance road, parking lot, welcome center, restroom building, crew facility, boat rental facility, several pavilions, trails, waterfront boardwalks, a bridge, plantings, site utilities, educational exhibits, and various other site features -- all designed with source water protection in mind.

With the project starting, there will be new rules for public access. Beginning October 1, reservoir water levels will be drawn down to facilitate construction.  To ensure the safety of park users, water access will be closed beginning on Monday, October 17.  Fishing, boating, paddling or other water activities will not be permitted. Once construction activities allow for the reservoir to refill naturally, and the water reaches a safe level, access will be re-opened. 

During construction, NOVA Parks will continue to manage public access of the surrounding property. Trails near the southeast portion of the reservoir will be closed during construction. Restricted areas will be well-marked for visitor safety by Meridian Construction Co., Inc. 

At this stage, it is anticipated that substantial completion of Reservoir Park will be in the first quarter of 2024 and the park grand opening will take place in Spring/Summer 2024.

Park construction progress, announcements, and schedule updates will be posted on www.loudounwater.org and www.novaparks.com.

Together, Loudoun Water and NOVA Parks have developed Reservoir Park to promote the health and wellness of local citizens and visitors. Interpretive destinations will focus on their strong partnership, highlighting the connections between ecological health, human health, and recreation -- as well as their mission to protect the national resources entrusted to their care.

Beaverdam Reservoir Timeline:

October 2022: Reservoir Park construction begins

October 17, 2022: Water Access Closed for construction, re-opening TBD

Spring/Summer 2024: Estimated Reservoir Park grand opening

 

7/15/22: Reservoir Park Update

Reservoir Park will be situated on the southeast side of Beaverdam Reservoir. The planned park is being funded and constructed under a partnership between Loudoun Water, which owns and maintains the 300-acre reservoir as a source of drinking water for Loudoun County residents and NOVA Parks, a regional park authority in Northern Virginia. The park design includes an entrance road, parking lot, welcome center, restroom building, crew facility, boat rental facility, several pavilions, trails, waterfront boardwalks, a bridge, plantings, site utilities, educational installations, and various other site features.

Together, Loudoun Water and NOVA Parks have developed Reservoir Park to promote the health and wellness of local citizens and visitors. Interpretive destinations will focus on their strong partnership, highlighting the connections between ecological health, human health, and recreation -- as well as their mission to protect the natural resources entrusted to their care.

The park will include educational features to inspire a sense of stewardship in all visitors.  Exhibits illustrating the importance of the reservoir and its ecology will be designed to help people understand the value of water to everyday life. Source water protection themes will be featured throughout the park to remind visitors that the reservoir is first and foremost a source of clean drinking water for Loudoun residents.

In mid-July, the construction contract for Reservoir Park was awarded to Meridian Construction Co. Inc., with plans for the project to kick off in September 2022. At this stage, it is anticipated that substantial completion will be in the first quarter of 2024 and the park grand opening will take place in spring 2024.

During construction, NOVA Parks will continue to manage public access of reservoir and surrounding property. Certain construction activities may require some interruptions to reservoir access, but that is unknown at this time. Currently, visitors can bring their own non-gas, car-top launch vessels during daylight hours including kayaks, canoes, jon boats and stand-up paddleboards. Small electric motors are permitted, but trailers are not permitted.

 

2015-2020 Community Input Background

Phase 1 Concept Plan

Beaverdam Reservoir December 14, 2016 Open House
The Beaverdam Reservoir Open House took place on December 14, 2016 at the National Recreation and Park Association in Ashburn.

Beaverdam Reservoir Renovation Project Begins November 1, 2016
Beginning November 1, 2016, Beaverdam Reservoir's marked trails will be open for public access from dawn to dusk. During the renovation project, water access will be prohibited. No fishing, boating, paddling or other water activities permitted starting November 1. The park access gate will be closed promptly at dusk.  For more information on the renovation project, please visit our Current Projects page. Look for upcoming information on the next public input session that will be held before the end of the year.

October 2015 Community Input Session:

On October 27, 2015 Loudoun Water and NOVA Parks hosted a community open house at the National Recreation and Park Association to gather input on recreational uses and other ideas to shape the greater vision for Beaverdam Reservoir. The UVA Institute for Environmental Negotiation was also on hand to assist.

Approximately 200 people participated. They represented a broad range of interests, including personal safety, environmental education, recreational use (fishing, rowing, kayaking/canoeing, hiking/trails, mountain biking, and equestrian), nature enthusiasts and local resident perspectives.

This newsletter provides an overview of the meeting and is the first opportunity for the community to review the range of input and ideas provided at the open house.

Beaverdam Reservoir Spring 2017 Update