Lake Conner

Important Notices

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Description

Lake Conner impounds Hunting Creek as it flows west through northeastern Halifax County. The lake provides a number of habitats in close proximity to open water, making for some exciting wildlife possibilities. The lake itself supports wood ducks and great blue herons on a regular basis, with more waterfowl turning up in the winter. During this time, look for blue-winged teal, northern shoveler and perhaps a merganser or grebe for a little excitement. Ring-billed gulls are likely to turn up in big numbers in the winter, as are Canada geese.

Next to the lake, the open fields hold eastern bluebirds, and several species of swallows can be seen high overhead, along with turkey and black vultures. Spring and summer are the best times for butterflies, with plenty of black swallowtails, red-spotted purples and question marks fluttering about. Dragonflies are also present, with plenty of eastern pondhawks patrolling the shore.

Note: To access the site, a Restore the Wild Membership, Virginia hunting license, freshwater fishing license, boat registration, or an access permit is required.

Directions

Location: End of Lake Conner Rd/Rt. 624, Nathalie, VA 24577

This access point is towards the northwestern end of the lake.

From Farmville, take US 15 S and turn right onto US 15 BUS S/US 360 BUS W. In 1.7 miles, turn right onto Church St and then left onto SR 59 S/Merry Oaks Dr. Continue onto Saxkey Rd in 7.8 miles. After 3.6 miles, turn right (west) onto Mossing Ford Rd/SR 642 and continue for 1.1 miles. Turn left (southwest) onto Scuffletown Rd/SR 746. In 4.4 miles, turn right (west) on SR 616, then right on SR 617/Cove Rd, left (northwest) on SR 618, and left (west) on SR 624/Morton’s Ferry Rd. 2 miles after this, turn left and continue south to SR 624/Lake Conner Rd. Turn left here and follow to the end at the lake.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: (434) 525-7522 bud.laroche@dgif.virginia.gov
  • Website
  • Access: Daily. Restore the Wild Membership, hunting license, freshwater fishing license, boat registration, or an access permit is required.

Birds Recently Seen at Lake Conner (as reported to eBird)

  • Canada Goose
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Parking
  • Kayak/Canoe Launch
  • Boat Ramp