Beaverdam Reservoir

Beaverdam Reservoir

Loudoun Water and NOVA Parks have formed a joint partnership along with the community to reopen this wonderful local asset.


Throughout its existence, the W&OD Trail has been one of the most used assets of NOVA Parks. We pride ourselves in maintaining the trail and allowing it to become so popular that residents of the region, and visitors alike, speak of it today as an integral part of Northern Virginia.

Looking back to 1999, we find an example of how NOVA Parks endeavored to make the experience of the trail both safer and more enjoyable for its users through the use of an entrepreneurial spirit and an understanding of positive partnerships.

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Fountainhead Regional Park is part of NOVA Parks’ largest continuous acreage of parkland. Covering over 6,000 acres of parkland and over 25 miles along the southern border of Fairfax County, this area along the Bull Run and Occoquan Rivers and Reservoir protects the drinking water source for one million people. The Idea for Fountainhead was simple: offer a myriad of outdoor pursuits that cater to those who want an outdoor adventure.

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NOVA Parks has always had a knack for providing the people of the region interesting, unique and fun activities throughout the regional park system. A big part of what defines NOVA PARKS is inclusion, the idea that the spaces and endeavors we provide can be experienced by all abilities and enjoyed by persons of all ages. Along with offering outdoor spaces for hiking, biking, swimming, fishing and boating, NOVA Parks’ recreational areas also have a history of providing traditional fun for visitors. Today, we throwback to the opening of two places that offered traditional fun for NOVA Parks visitors.

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Happy National Trail Day! Whether you're hiking, biking or running we hope you enjoy one of NOVA Parks many trail options.

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Through the years, NOVA Parks has been known for many things. One of those things is their pools, and the other is their creative innovation. Previous stories about how those pools came to be, like the ashtray drawing that became the Pohick Bay Pool, the trip to Alabama to see the wave pool that inspired Cameron Run, and the idea of building a large, all-inclusive pool at Bull Run, told us how first-generation recreational areas began. As we all know, however, time marches forward. And as it does, the need for change and innovation follows closely.

Today, we look back at the period of 2008 - 2012, when an innovation mindset and an entrepreneurial spirit aided NOVA Parks to make changes that transformed pools into popular themed waterparks.

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We are grateful for Loudoun County Board of Supervisors encouraging words and support as we move forward with the Beaverdam Reservoir project.

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Today, we rewind to the late 1970’s and early 1980s. Back then, Darrell Winslow, Capital Programs Director for the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, was tasked with finding new opportunities for parks and recreation in our region.

Mr. Winslow recalled hearing about this new type of pool.... a wave pool. After bringing up the idea in a staff meeting, he convinced his Executive Director at the time to take a trip with him. Mr. Winslow wanted to see firsthand what this wave pool thing was all about, and there was one place in the country that had already built one; Point Mallard Park in Decatur, Alabama. The trip was going to be for just one day, so when he arrived at the airport and the airline attendant asked him if he had luggage to check, Mr. Winslow simply held up a plastic bag containing a bathing suit and smiled.

In only two more days you can experience this historic wave pool for yourself when Great Waves Waterpark opens on Saturday.

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Throughout the years since its inception in 1959, Northern Virginia Regional Parks (now NOVA Parks) has done well to understand what the people of the Northern Virginia region enjoy when it comes to outdoor recreation. While the park authority works continuously to meet goals of land conservation and preservation of historic sites, the enjoyment of parkland assets also remains a top priority.

One of the best loved activities of the region’s population is golf. The park authority has built and maintained three beautiful courses over the years, offering both the opportunity for the avid devotees to play the game as well as perpetuate participation from new enthusiasts. Looking back to the past reveals when these courses were added to the authority’s parkland and also sheds light on a few other fun forms of the game.

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Most NOVA Parks properties are large. Even over 1,000 acres is not at all uncommon for a regional park. However, significance is not measured in acres. Sometimes even a half acre can have a giant impact.

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As NOVA Parks (formerly the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority) celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, looking to the early days can reveal some very interesting things. Today, we do just that, throwing it all the way back to that time and discovering how the first regional park, Bull Run, incorporated an already existing business into its grounds. And the amazing part is, the asset has been in continuous use since then and is just as popular as it ever was.

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NOVA Parks has always been excited to help preserve the history of Northern Virginia. In doing so, the Park Authority has become stewards of many historic and cultural sites in the region. Being able to use these assets as a teaching tool for park visitors is a great joy to NOVA Parks, because within the history that is passed on at these places is an even greater story - the story of America.

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In 2006, Aldie Mill became the 20th park in the NOVA Parks system. The 200-year old mill processed grain using the waters of the Little River, and it is one of the best-preserved mills in the entire Mid-Atlantic region. Prior to NOVA Parks’ ownership, the mill was owned by the Virginia Outdoor Foundation (VOF) and restored with a generous gift from the Mellon family.

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THROWBACK THURSDAY--NOVA PARKS--ow, row, row your boat...

During the 1960’s, NOVA Parks acquired over 20 miles of river frontage on the Bull Run & Occoquan, including the Occoquan reservoir. This block of over 5,000 acres protects the source of drinking water for over 1 million people in Northern Virginia. With control of so much shoreline, recreational uses were needed that were also compatible with the conservation goals. One of those uses was scholastic rowing.

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Brambleton Golf Course

Create memories that will last a lifetime at our Annual Easter Egg Hunt.

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Throwback Thursday--The Power Plant That Never Was.

The story of Algonkian Regional Park may be one of fate or simply just one of luck. However one may think of it is up to them because in the end the park itself is simply a great gift to the Northern Virginia region. The park spans 838 acres next to the Potomac River, a swath of land that was once set aside for a coal burning power plant.

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Don’t miss out on this fun family event!

Our Annual Easter Egg Hunt is only two weeks away.

Be sure and register early since this event usually sells out.

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Beaverdam Reservoir Update - March 2019

Good Afternoon Everyone. We wanted to provide an update regarding the status of the reservoir. Please follow the link below to our NOVA Parks/Beaverdam Reservoir page for the most recent update. 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 rai...

You’re invited to our annual fundraising event!
Come support the NOVA Parks Outdoor Kids Fund and Potomac Overlook Regional Park in this formal gathering.
Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Donations will be accepted. No reservations required.
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You’re invited to our annual fundraising event!

Come support the NOVA Parks Outdoor Kids Fund and Potomac Overlook Regional Park in this formal gathering.

Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Donations will be accepted. No reservations required.

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Here is the latest on what we know about the work being done at Beaverdam Reservoir. The current projected completion date is December 2018.

A big thank you to Will Brandt for completing his SBHS Capstone Project at Beaverdam Reservoir. Will worked hard cleaning and clearing the trails so everyone can enjoy them this summer!

[11/23/17]   Happy Thanksgiving!

Beaverdam Creek Reservoir Clean Up & Adopt-A-Trail Program

Thank you for cleaning up🙌🙌🙌🌲🌲🌲

Beaverdam Creek Reservoir Clean Up & Adopt-A-Trail Program

Enjoy our dinosaur inspired artwork done by our kid volunteers💖🌲

Beaverdam Creek Reservoir Clean Up & Adopt-A-Trail Program

Thank you to our awesome volunteers🙌🙌🙌

Beaverdam Creek Reservoir Clean Up & Adopt-A-Trail Program

The Girl Scouts rolled out some old tires from Beaverdam today. Thank you girls!

Thanks to all who are out for the cleanup day!

It's a beautiful day at Beaverdam Creek reservoir. Thank you to all the volunteers who have come out to help clean up the park and enjoy a peaceful morning on the trails.

This is a PSA to all of those out there who love the Reservoir like we do. Someone left us this nice present at the entrance by Reservoir Rd. Our staff cleaned it up this morning, but if anyone has any information on this dumping, please contact us at 703-327-3403. This is illegal dumping on parkland! If anyone has any information it would be very appreciated!

[08/05/17]   To all of those who are wondering, the Beaverdam trails are still open during 2017. The water remains off limits. Please stay tuned for updates.

Beaverdam Creek Reservoir Clean Up & Adopt-A-Trail Program

Check out this page to keep up to date with the clean up efforts over at Beaverdam Reservoir. Learn how you can help!

Thank you for visiting the Friends of Beaverdam Creek Reservoir. Help us #findaresolution #savetheresi #keepitclean

A big thanks to all those who came out to the clean up day at Beaverdam Reservoir back on April 1st!

[04/02/17]   A big thank you to all who came out yesterday for the clean up day at Beaverdam Reservoir. Stay tuned for pictures, hopefully soon!

There will be a day for helping to clean Beaverdam Reservoir on April 1st. See the flyer for details!

It's interesting what you can find under the water at Beaverdam Reservoir. Here are the remnants of old Mount Hope Rd and the bridge that used to cross the creek that ran through there.

Reservoir Park Plans Spark Excitement in Loudoun

We are so excited to unveil the plans for the new park at Beaverdam Reservoir. NOVA Parks and Loudoun Water will be working together over the next three years to bring you something spectacular. After a year of planning, the designs for a new park at the Beaverdam Creek Reservoir in Ashburn were unveiled during a community forum Wednesday night. After buying the reservoir from the City of Fairfax in 2014, Loudoun Water teamed up with NOVA Parks to manage recreational uses at the site. Th

Don't forget about today's open house, 7pm-9pm at the NRPA Building off Belmont Ridge Rd.

[11/27/16]   Come out to the Beaverdam Reservoir open house on 12/14/16 at 7:00pm

It's amazing how different it looks when it's drained

The water is closed at Beaverdam, but the trails remain open. Don't forget there is parking with access to the trails at the NRPA building off Belmont Ridge Rd.

New signage and fencing up at Beaverdam. As of Nov 1st, the water is off limits. Please read the signage for details or contact us at 703-327-3403 for specific questions.

Beaverdam Reservoir to be Reborn

Just a reminder to everyone that the closing of Beaverdam Reservoir is approaching very quickly! Loudoun’s largest lake is a quiet place, disturbed only by singing insects, birds on the wing, wind in the trees, and paddles lapping up the water. It’s also artificial, and it’s getting drained in November. The county’s largest water utility, Loudoun Water, will partially drain Beaverdam Reservo

This is why people come out to Beaverdam

Beautiful view of Beaverdam at dusk. Don't forget Beaverdam Reservoir shuts down 11/1/16 for a 2 year renovation, so come enjoy it now!

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Beaverdam Reservoir to Close for Repairs

The Ashburn lake much-loved by kayakers, paddleboarders, and canoeist will be drained in November to repair the spillway that feeds the reservoir. The lake is expected to reopen in 2019.

Beaverdam Reservoir

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