Culpeper Tourism | Lake Pelham

Lake Pelham


Lake Pelham

  • 400 S. Main Street
    Culpeper, Virginia 22701
  • Website
  • 540-829-8220
  • Monday - Friday - 8:00am - 5:00pm

Lake Pelham is a water supply reservoir for the Town of Culpeper. It covers 255 acres with a combination of forested and open, sloped banks along its shores. Some residential development is occurring. If you like crappie and channel catfish Pelham is the place to go. This reservoir probably has more channel catfish per acre than any other lake in Northern Virginia. Other species include largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie and pumpkinseed sunfish. It is also a decent lake for yellow perch.

A new public boat ramp was recently commissioned and can be accessed via Lake Pelham Drive off of Virginia Avenue in the Lakeview subdivision, near the dam. Public boat ramp signs (brown sign with ramp symbol) are posted along the route on Virginia Avenue. There is no bank fishing access - boats are pretty much mandatory. Electric motors only are allowed, and a permit is required. 

Town of Culpeper Boating Permits and Certificates to Fish begin a new 2-year cycle for Fishing and Boating Permits as of January 1, 2021. Permit fees will be as the schedule below lists, with all expiring December 31, 2022.       

July 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021             $15

January 1, 2022 – June 30, 2022                $10

July 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022             $5

Permits can be purchased at Town Hall or the Ole Country Store and Bakery. 


  •  Free Admission
  •  Free Parking
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Takes Reservations
  •  Public Restrooms