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Motts Run Reservoir Recreation Area


General Park Rental Request Form 2018

Motts Hiking Trails Guide Map 2015

Motts Fishing Brochure 2016

Turkey Ridge Self-Guided Nature Trail 2016

Other Link Park Rental Online Form


  1. Benches
  2. Bike Trail
  3. Boating
  4. Canoe and Kayak Rental
  5. Canoeing
  6. Covered Shelter
  7. Fishing
  8. Hiking Trails
  9. Horseshoe Pits
  10. Jon Boat Rental
  11. Nature Center
  12. Orienteering Course
  13. Parking
  14. Picnic Shelter
  15. Picnic Tables and Grills
  16. Porta Johns
  17. Restrooms
  18. Walking Path

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, and picnicking. It also serves the residents of Fredericksburg and parts of Spotsylvania County with drinking water. 

Motts Reservoir is open Thursdays – Mondays, April 1 - October 31 from 7:00am - 7:00pm; the Reservoir is CLOSED on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

*** OPEN ON Wednesday, July 4th from 7:00am - 7:00pm ***

The Nature Center is open weekends from 12 noon - 5:00pm.

If the weather is questionable, call before coming (540) 786-8989. 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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The park features an orienteering course, nature center (open weekend afternoons only), over 4 miles of hiking trails, picnic tables and grills, and jon boat, canoe, and kayak rentals. 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 these must be rented in person as available.

No swimming, 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 4.1 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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