Lake Arrowhead

Lake Arrowhead

Park Hours:
March 1 - Oct 31, 6am - 9pm
Nov 1 – Feb 28, 6am -7pm

Midnight Catfishing is offered on the 2nd & 4th Fridays of the month from April through October.

Please be advised of the following:
Pop-up tents/canopies are NOT allowed.
Alcohol is NOT allowed in the park.
Pets are to be leashed at all times.
Outside grills/griddles/fryers are NOT allowed in the park
No parking on the grass.  Park in designated areas only.
- Thank you for your cooperation.

Lake Arrowhead features 6 picnic shelters for rent (Call 540-743-5511 for availability), fishing, ballfield, volleyball nets, horseshoe pits, playground, 1 mile trail that circles the lake, and the Edwin Smith scout camping area.  

Shelter Fees (Resident/Non-Resident):                
• Modern Woodman - $45/$65
• Ruritan - $45/$65
• Lions - $45/$65
• Town of Luray - $40/$60
• FFA - $40/$60
• Sorority - $35/$55
• Class of 71 - $45/$65
• Rotary - $45/$65

NOTE: Lake Arrowhead is not a public campground.

For more information, please call (540) 843-0770.  

Registered Boy Scout Troops may reserve the Lake Arrowhead campground by submitting an application (available here) and submitting along with the $50 usage fee.

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Fishing is one of Lake Arrowhead's most popular activities. With a wide variety of fish and idyllic scenery, Lake Arrowhead provides exceptional opportunities for fishermen. When it comes to stocking Lake Arrowhead, Channel Catfish are stocked in Lake Arrowhead around October, annually, by the VA Department of 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.

A Virginia State Fishing License and Town of Luray Fishing Permit are required for anyone ages 16 and up.

Lake Arrowhead may, in the future, opt to receive an additional stocking of Catfish beyond the current amount. These fish have received fewer stockings from the DGIF over the last few years. Due to production problems, the DGIF had to reduce its July stockings of Northern Pike.

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, Catfish, Crappie, Tiger Perch, and Walleye varieties.  The lake is stocked annually by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Bi-annually, DGIF electroshock’s 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 more. This is how they formulate their stocking rates and timing.

Midnight Catfishing is offered on the 2nd & 4th Fridays of the month from April through October.

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.

Help us Keep Our Ducks & Geese Healthy!

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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Frequently Asked Questions

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

The shelters are available for rent year round by calling the Luray Town Office at 540-743-5511.  
Starting July 1 we have Luray Resident and Non-Resident Shelter Fees:                
• Modern Woodman - $45/$65
• Ruritan - $45/$65
• Lions - $45/$65
• Town of Luray - $40/$60
• FFA - $40/$60
• Sorority - $35/$55
• Class of 71 - $45/$65
• Rotary - $45/$65

Are dogs allowed at Lake Arrowhead?

Yes.  Leashed dogs are encouraged at the park; however, dogs are NOT allowed on the beach.

Are the shelters lighted?

Yes.  Each shelter is equipped with lights and electrical outlets.

Do shelters have electrical outlets?

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

Are there restrictions in place at Lake Arrowhead?

At this time, social distancing and the wearing of face coverings are NOT required at Lake Arrowhead Beach.

How late is the park open?

Luray parks are open as follows: March 1 - Oct 31 from 6:00 am - 9:00 pm and Nov 1 – Feb 28 from 6:00 am -7:00 pm

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

Yes! A Virginia State Fishing License and a Town of Luray Fishing Permit are required for anyone ages 16 and up.  Town of Luray Fishing Permits may be obtained in-person from the Town of Luray Office, Visitors Center, and Luray Walmart.  Town of Luray Boating Permits are required for all boats on Lake Arrowhead and can be purchased at the same locations.  Gas powered boats are not permitted.

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