Luray Pocket Parks:
Town of Luray, Virginia
PO Box 629 :: 45 East Main Street, Luray, VA 22835
Town Office: (540) 743-5511 :: West Main Bridge
Fax: (540) 743-1486
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. NOTE: Lake Arrowhead is not a public campground except during specific events. For more information, please call (540) 843-0770. Registered Boy Scout Troops may reserve a Lake Arrowhead campground by submitting an application (available here) and submitting along with the $50 usage fee.
2019 Lake Arrowhead Beach Dates/Hours of Operation
May 25-27 - weekend only + Memorial Day
June 1 - August 18, daily
August 24-25 - weekend only
August 31 - September 2 - weekend + Labor Day
Monday – Saturday, 11am - 6pm
Sunday, noon – 6pm
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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;
Q. How much do canoes/kayaks cost to rent?
A. Canoes are available for rent in half-hour increments for $4/person; Kayaks are available for rent in half-hour increments for $5/person. Must be 16 years old with a valid driver's license to rent.
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 Monday - Saturday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon until 6 p.m. thru Labor Day. The beach admission costs are: Ages 3-12: $3.00, Ages 13 & older: $5.00, and free for ages 2 & under
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, and Fairview Grocery. Boating permits are required for all boats on Lake Arrowhead and can be obtained at same locations as fishing permits.
FISHING OPPORTUNITIES AT LAKE ARROWHEAD
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 species 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, fish are moved to Cave Pond to help keep that pond as well stocked as we 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…..it (Lake Arrowhead) is stocked annually by DGIF at the generic rate that they use for all of their inland fisheries.
CAT FISHING IN LAKE ARROWHEAD
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 540-843-0770.
Fishing permits are required only for persons ages 16 and up. Permits may be obtained at the Luray Town Office, Wal-Mart, and Fairview Grocery.
Additional Info: What you need to know
Ralph H. Dean Recreation Park is open from dawn until dusk and features:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. How do I rent a ball field at Ralph H. Dean Park?
A. Complete a special event permit found here.
Q. How do I know if ball games are cancelled at the Ralph H. Dean Recreation Park?
A. There is a large sign on the Ralph H. Dean Recreation Park’s entrance gate that indicates which fields are suitable and safe for play and are updated on a daily basis. Please note, during times of inclement weather, The Town of Luray Parks and Recreation Staff has the right to stop any and all play if we deem conditions are unsafe for play and/or would do detrimental damage to the grounds.
The Hawksbill trail length is approx. 2 mi. from start to finish. There are 1/10 mile dots centered in trail so you can measure your distance traveled! By installing these markers, trail users are able to enter the trail at any point. See our Greenway Map with Distance Markers.
Luray Pocket Parks
Slye Pocket park features a shaded picnic area.
Inn Lawn Park features a playground, gazebo, and picnic areas. It is conveniently located near the tennis courts and the Luray town Library. This quiet, scenic area is a great place to relax and take in the view.
Cave Pond features picnic areas, trail that circles the pond, and offers catch and release fishing. Cave Pond is also conveniently located next to the Singing Tower. 41 Carillon Drive
Eugene Park features large, open grassy areas for play and a picnic shelter.
Cliffside Pocket Park Information
Cliffside Pocket Park is located along the Hawkbill Greenway Trail and features shaded picnic areas and a pet friendly drinking fountain.