Mill Creek Lake Park

Important Notices

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Description

Elevation: 618 ft.

As the largest of the three Amherst County lakes, Mill Creek Lake‘s elaborate shoreline can lead to many surprises such as roosting great blue herons or perhaps a doe and her fawns coming to drink. In winter, the lake should be checked for waterfowl. Take advantage of low water periods throughout migration season to check for various shorebirds. For the dragonfly aficionado, the lake supports a high diversity of species during the summer months. Widow and slaty skimmers, eastern amberwing, black-shouldered spinylegs, blue dasher, and Halloween pennant all occur regularly. Exploring the nearby woods could turn up a variety of woodland bird species while the forest edge is highly decorated with chipping sparrows. Also look for turkey vultures circling high overhead.

Directions

Location: End of Mill Creek Rd/SR 619, Amherst, VA 24521

These directions are to a small public area with parking and a boat ramp, also searchable as “Mill Creek Boat Ramp”, on the body’s southern end.

From US 11/60 in Lexington/Buena Vista, head east and follow to SR 610/Sandidges Rd. Turn left (northeast) and continue 2.8 miles, continuing right past the intersection with SR 617. Turn right (south) onto SR 778, and then turn right onto Turkey Mountain Rd. In 0.9 miles, veer left onto Mill Creek Rd/SR 619.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: (434) 946-9371 saralu@iwinet.com
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily

Birds Recently Seen at Mill Creek Lake Park (as reported to eBird)

  • Canada Goose
  • Mallard
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Long-tailed Duck
  • Bufflehead
  • Common Merganser
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Turkey Vulture

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Restrooms
  • Kayak/Canoe Launch
  • Boat Ramp