Town of Luray   |   PO Box 629   |   45 East Main Street   |   Luray, VA 22835


Lake Arrowhead

Located at: 265 Lake Arrowhead Road


Lake Arrowhead features 6 picnic shelters for rent  (Call 540-743-5511 for availability), fishing, white sand beach and swimming during the summer, ball field, volleyball nets, horseshoe pits, playground, 1 mile trail that circles the lake, and the Edwin Smith scout camping area. – 265 Lake Arrowhead Road


Lake Arrowhead Seasonal Schedule

Pre-Season Kickoff Weekend:

Memorial Day Weekend

   *Open Memorial Day Weekend Only


Full Summer Season:

June – August

     Summer Season Begins: June

     (Summer Season opens the first weekend of summer break for Page County Public Schools)

     Summer Season Runs Thru: Late August (Summer Season closes last weekend before school resumes for Page County Public Schools)

     Summer Season Closes: Weekend before Page County Schools resume (August)

Special Weekend Re-Open:

Labor Day Weekend

     *This is the final open weekend until the following year’s Pre-Season Memorial Day Kick-Off





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Lake Arrowhead Frequently Asked Questions


Q.  How do I rent a shelter at Lake Arrowhead or the Recreation Park, and how much do they cost?

A. The shelters are available for rent year round by calling the Luray Town Office at 540-743-5511.  The costs are as follows, Lake Arrowhead--

Small shelter: (30 people) $35.00, Medium shelter: (50 people) $40.00 Large shelter: (100 people) $45.00

Rec Park shelter: (75 people) $45.00


Canoes are available for rent in half-hour increments for $4


Kayaks are available for rent in half-hour increments for $5


Q.  Are dogs allowed at Lake Arrowhead?

A. Yes.  Leashed dogs are encouraged at the park; however, dogs are discouraged on the beach.


Q.  Are the shelters lighted?

A. Yes.  Each shelter is equipped with lights as well as equipped with electrical outlets.


Q.  Do shelters have electrical outlets?

A. Yes.  Shelters at Lake Arrowhead are equipped with electrical outlets.  Additionally, shelters are lighted.


Q. When is the Lake Arrowhead Beach open, and what are the costs?

A.  The beach is open starting Memorial Day weekend, (weekends only) until school lets out, which is usually around June 15.  Then the beach is open 7 days a week thru Labor Day from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.   The beach admission costs are: Ages 3-12: $2.00, Ages 13-18: $2.50, Ages 19 & up: $3.00


Q.  How late is the park open?

A.  Until sunset, 365 days per year.


Q.  Can we swim outside the roped off swimming area?

A.  Due to insurance issues, no.


Q.  Do I need fishing or boating permit to fish and boat at Lake Arrowhead?

A.  Fishing permits are required for anyone ages 16 and up.  Permits may be obtained from the Luray Town Office, Wal-Mart, Fairview Grocery and Bills Gun’s and Taxidermy.   boating permits are required for all boats on Lake Arrowhead and can be obtained at same locations as fishing permits.


Q.  Can you fish in the pond at Carillon Park?

A.  Yes, catch and release fishing only. The pond is stocked with a pan fish population including perch, bass, bluegill, etc.  Please note that fishing permits are required only for those ages 16 and older.


Q.  How long is the trail at the Greenway?

A.  The Town of Luray Parks and Recreation Department has placed yellow dots on the Greenway Trail every 1/10 mile. By installing these markers, trail users will be able to enter the trail at any point, and by counting the number of markers passed, easily calculate the distance walked. For example, if you enter the trail and pass 10 markers, you will know that you have walked 1 mile!  The total trail length is 2 miles.


Q.  What are the physical addresses of Luray’s parks?

A.  Lake Arrowhead:

265 Lake Arrowhead Road


Ralph H. Dean Recreation Park:

625 Sixth Street


Inn Lawn Park

103 Zerkel Street





Fishing is one of Lake Arrowhead's most popular activities. With a wide variety of fish and idealic scenery, Lake Arrowhead provides exceptional opportunities for fishermen. When it comes to stocking Lake Arrowhead, Channel Catfish is stocked in Lake Arrowhead around October, annually, by the District Game and Inland Fisheries. These fish are typically ten to twelve inches in length. The amount of fish stocked is relative to the size of the lake and is consistent with other similarly-sized lakes throughout the area.


Lake Arrowhead may, in the future, opt to receive an additional stock of Catfish beyond the current amount. Also found in Lake Arrowhead are Northern Pike. These fish have received fewer stockings from the DGIF over the last two seasons. Due to production problems, the DGIF had to reduce its July stockings of Northern Pike. When stocked as scheduled, these fish are typically three to four inches in length and provide an additional species for fishing.


Because these fish do not reproduce within the lake, exceptionally high numbers are not expected for Pike at any time. As a panfish population fishery, Lake Arrowhead also holds Bluegill, Bass, Crappie, Tiger, Perch, and Walleye varieties.


The lake is stocked annually by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Bi-annually they (DGIF) come and shock the lake. This process causes the fish to be stunned and rise to the surface. Once they surface, they weigh, check for health of fish, check specie amounts, measure and such. This is how they formulate their stocking rates and timing. The lake is a pan fish population and holds Bluegill, Crappie, Perch, Walleye, Catfish and the like. The lake is too eutrophic to support a Trout population. Usually when we shock the lake I take some to Cave Pond to help keep that fishery as well stocked as I can.


There are several fish attractors in the middle of the lake that are essentially 3 pallets shaped in a triangular fashion with cedar trees protruding from them. These are designed to provide cover for small fish as they grow.


All that being said… (Lake Arrowhead) is stocked annually by DGIF at the generic rate that they use for all of their inland fisheries.



The Town of Luray offers night cat fishing at Lake Arrowhead throughout summer months. The park will be open each second and fourth Friday nights of the month until midnight, April thru October.  Fishing permits are required and are available for ages 16 and up. For more info contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 540-743-6475



Fishing permits are required only for persons ages 16 and up.  Permits may be obtained at the Luray Town Office, Wal-Mart, Fairview Grocery, and Bill's Guns and Taxidermy.


LEARN MORE about Lake Arrowhead and the type of fish you can expect to find!



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Bread is very dangerous for our feathered friends around our town.


Please read about why it is so very important to keep from feeding bread to our ducks and geese.


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