Over 30 volunteers converged on the Claytor Lake State Park to help the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ John Copeland in the annual Christmas For the Fishes Program. Support from The Friends of Claytor Lake, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, and Appalachian Power helped build new fish habitat from an amazing 455 donated Christmas Trees. All the created habitat was distributed in areas of the lake surround the Claytor Lake State Park.
Want to help for next year? Donate your Christmas tree and come on out to help everyone put them in place.
Special Thanks to John Copeland for organizing this yearly event and to Ryan Stubblebine and Brody Havens for all the tree collection and preparation work involved. Thanks to the boat Captains for keeping your passengers safe: Jeff Arnold, Brody Havens, Bill Kittrell, George Palmer, and Jeff Williams. Thanks to Laura Walters for preparing the lunch chili and goodies. Thanks to Laura Bullard for setting up the lunch for us. Thanks to Steve Gregory for coordinating the DGIF Complementary Workforce volunteers. Thanks to the New River Valley Master Naturalist volunteers who came out as well!
Laura Bullard The Friends of Claytor Lake
This year Laura Bullard was named FOCL’s 2019 Volunteer of the Year for her years of dedicated service to the lake community and her unwavering support of FOCL’s mission. Not only serving as FOCL’s Secretary but putting in the time for its numerous programs and projects including working with our partners on the Shoreline Management Plan, Drawdown, and Mussel Salvage. Claytor Lake owes her an enormous debt of gratitude.
The Friends of Claytor Lake will be having its November Public Meeting at Dublin Town Hall board room on Thursday, November 14 at 6:00pm. Dinner will be served.
The drawdown is scheduled to begin at one foot per day on Monday morning, November 4, until the lake reaches its full drawdown depth of five feet (1841 elevation) by Saturday morning, November 9. The lake is to remain five feet down until Sunday p.m., November 17, when refilling will begin. Depending on inflow, the lake is targeted to return to its normal level by Friday p.m., November 22.
The Friends of Claytor Lake had its 2018 Annual Meeting at the Claytor Lake State Park. FOCL was pleased that our supporters came out to talk with us about all the programs and projects that are ongoing on Claytor Lake.
Christmas for the Fishes
Water Quality Monitoring
Fish Habitat (Structures/Native Vegetation)
TAC Committee ( Claytor Lake Technical Advisory Committee)
Hydrilla Education & Management
Kids Fishing Day
8th Grade Day
Veterans Fishing Day (formally Wounded Warrior Fishing Day)
YMCA/Coast Guard Auxillary Second Grade Water Safety Program
All Lake Clean Up
Bass for Grass (for two years)
FOCL Fall Classic
Spring Fund Raiser