Motts Run Reservoir Recreation Area

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This lovely oasis within easy reach of town provides a multitude of recreational opportunities. The 860-acre natural area, including the 160-acre reservoir, is a haven for fishing, canoeing, hiking, biking, and picnicking. It also serves the residents of Fredericksburg and parts of Spotsylvania County with drinking water.

If the weather is questionable, call (540) 786-8989 before coming. As a cost saving measure, when the weather is bad we reserve the right to close the reservoir early.

Park Closings:

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Location: 6600 River Rd, Fredericksburg, VA 22407

Park hours:  April 1 - October 31 - Thursdays through Mondays, 7:00am - 7:00pm. Reservoir is closed on Tuesdays - Wednesdays

Wooded area along the reservoir. Capacity: 200

Information and Rentals:

For park information, maintenance and rental inquiries please call (540) 372-1086 or email

Park rental fees, general use rates and equipment rental information is available on our website here or click "Park Rentals" below:

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  • The park features an orienteering course, nature center (open weekend afternoons only), over 4 miles of hiking trails, over 11 miles of biking trails, picnic tables and grills, and jon boat, canoe, and kayak rentals. (SUPs are not permitted on the reservoir.) A bike repair station is also located along the biking trail.
  • Boats are reserved on a first come, first served basis at the reservoir. If you need a large number of boats with your rental, please indicate how many but they must be rented in person as available.
  • No swimming, SUPs, horseback riding, or all-terrain vehicles permitted. Mountain biking is allowed only on designated trails.


You may bring your own boat (ELECTRIC MOTORS ONLY) to launch on the lake, or fish from the banks. Handicap fishing pier available. A fee is charged for fishing and boat launching area. Valid fishing license required. Bait available for purchase. 


The Trail System currently has 11.5 miles of biking and hiking trail (multi-use trail) and 4 miles of hiking only trail.  The bike trail can be ridden by all skill levels and ages.

Orienteering Trails:

Trail Map and GPS Support:

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For more information on Motts Biking Trails, please visit

Nature Center

Located in the Motts Run Reservoir Recreation Area. Open Saturday and Sundays, April-October, Noon-5:00pm. Manned by volunteers, this beautiful one-room log cabin features hands-on nature displays, our resident snakes, “Pocket” and "Red." and information that the whole family will enjoy. Looking for a fun family day? Visit our Nature Center and then head off on one of the hiking trails or grab a picnic table for your family lunch. Please contact Mackenzie Guenther: if you are interested in volunteering.

  • ADA Accessible Fishing
  • Benches
  • Bike Trail
  • Canoe and Kayak Rental
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking Trails
  • Jon Boat Rental
  • Nature Center
  • Orienteering Course
  • Parking Lot
  • Picnic Shelter, Picnic Tables and Grills
  • Porta Johns
  • Restrooms