Beaverdam Reservoir Update - May 26, 2020

Beaverdam Reservoir Water Access to Re-Open on May 29, 2020

Loudoun Water and NOVA Parks are pleased to announce that recreational activities on Beaverdam Reservoir will re-open on FRIDAY, MAY 29. Reservoir and trail users should adhere to proper social distancing guidelines. Public access will be located at the Mount Hope Road entrance. Please note parking may be limited.

Beaverdam Reservoir is first and foremost a source of public drinking water. Loudoun Water has partnered with NOVA Parks to manage recreational activities and public access. To ensure users can safely enjoy the reservoir, refer to the NOVA Parks website for a full list of rules and regulations:

Visitors who choose to visit these facilities must adhere to the following guidelines:

·       Stay home if you are sick

·       Avoid congregating in groups

·       Maintain a 6-foot distance between others

·       Avoid touching shared surfaces

·       Take trash with you

·       Wash hands frequently

Please follow posted facility guidelines for your safety and that of park staff. Consider wearing a mask where social distancing may be difficult.

Future plans: Loudoun Water and NOVA Parks are moving forward with the sustainable, innovative design of the future “Beaverdam Reservoir Park.” Efforts on the new park are well-underway with construction estimated to begin in 2021.

Beaverdam Reservoir Timeline:

May 29, 2020: Reservoir Water Access re-opened to the public

Spring of 2021: Estimated to begin Beaverdam Reservoir Park construction

Spring of 2022: Estimated Beaverdam Reservoir Park construction completion

Beaverdam Reservoir Update - September 2019

The reservoir has not yet reached an adequate water level to safely allow people back on the reservoir. 

Beaverdam Reservoir Update - June 2019

The dam renovation project is almost complete and natural refill of the reservoir has begun. The refill process is very weather-dependent. Once the reservoir is at an adequate level, Loudoun Water and NOVA Parks will announce when we expect to safely allow people back on the water.

Beaverdam Reservoir Update - May 2019
The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors approved the development plans for a public park at Beaverdam Reservoir.

Beaverdam Reservoir Update - March 2019

With the Beaverdam spillway renovation project nearing completion, Loudoun Water and NOVA Parks expect to allow recreational activities on the water at Beaverdam Reservoir this summer. However, the exact timeframe for re-opening is unclear at this point due to construction delays. Record-setting rainfall over the last year has impacted the original schedule.

The dam embankment needs to be completed prior to refilling the reservoir, and presently the fill material at the site that will be used to construct the embankment is too wet to place and compact.  We are hopeful that weather conditions improve to help dry the material so it can be used for construction.

Once the embankment area is complete, we can begin refilling the reservoir. At that point, we will have a more definitive timeframe for safely allowing people back on the water.

Our timeline:

  • 2017 - 2019: Reservoir water access closed to the public. Trails remain open.
  • Summer of 2019 – Actual Date TBD: Reservoir water access estimated to be re-opened for the public. Reservoir refill is weather-dependent. No opening date for water access has been established yet due to dry weather conditions.
  • Spring of 2020: Estimated to begin Reservoir Park construction
  • Spring of 2021: Estimated Reservoir Park construction completion


Beaverdam Reservoir Update
Loudoun Water continues to move forward with an innovative future in mind for Beaverdam Reservoir.  With the dam and spillway renovation project nearing completion in early 2019, Loudoun Water expects to allow people back on the water by summer 2019. In the meantime, Loudoun Water and NOVA Parks are moving forward with the sustainable, innovative design of the future park, which is based on the community-supported concept plan. The Loudoun Water Board of Directors approved the design contract and Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects will bring the concept plan to life. Currently, the overall project is in the Loudoun County land use approval process. Loudoun Water views the park as an extension of our educational efforts and an opportunity to ensure that the focus of Beaverdam Reservoir remains primarily a drinking water resource, but with an ability to sustainably manage public access through our important community partnerships.

Beaverdam Reservoir Renovation Project Anticipated Timeline:

  • 2017 through Summer to 2019: Reservoir water access closed to the public
  • Summer of 2019: Reservoir water access re-opened for the public
  • Spring of 2020: Estimated to begin Reservoir Park construction
  • Spring of 2021: Estimated Reservoir Park construction completion

Beaverdam Reminder
While Beaverdam trail access is open to visitors, please remember to adhere to all posted keep out signs near the active construction area for your safety. Water access is closed at this tme for construction.

Beaverdam Project Timeline 
2015 and 2016: Open
2017 and 2018: Closed
2019: Permanent Reservoir Opening

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