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Motts Run Reservoir Recreation Area


General Park Rental Request Form (PDF)

Motts Run Reservoir Trail Guide (PDF)

Motts Fishing and Boating Brochure 2022 (PDF)

Other Link Park Rental Online Form


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

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. 

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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  • 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.)
  • 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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