Lake Frederick

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Elevation: 645 ft.

With its variety of wildlife, Lake Frederick is worth exploring at any time of the year. Great blue and green herons, wood ducks and numerous dragonflies and damselflies join the long list of summer residents. In the winter, more waterfowl use the lake and almost anything could turn up! During migration periods, birds more typical of coastal areas may drop in, such as double-crested cormorants or perhaps a gull or tern. The surrounding meadows and woodlands support some of Virginia’s more representative bird species. Pileated woodpeckers can be heard calling from the woods on the far side of the lake, while eastern kingbirds prowl for insects in the fields bordering the parking area. Search for dragonflies like Halloween pennants intermixed with the more common widow and slaty skimmers along the banks of the reservoir.

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


Location: Off US 340/Stonewall Jackson Hwy, down Lake Frederick Dr, White Post, VA 22663

From Winchester, follow I-81 S and take exit 307 for SR 277 toward Stephens City/SR 340. Turn left (east) and continue for 4.5 miles. Turn right onto US 340 S/US 522 S. In 1.6 miles, turn right onto Lake Frederick Dr and continue straight at the traffic circle. Follow to boat ramp and parking.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

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

  • Red-breasted Merganser
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Osprey
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Tree Swallow
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  • Eastern Meadowlark
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Lesser Scaup
  • Canada Goose

Seasonal Bird Observations


  • Food
  • Accessible
  • Parking
  • Phone
  • Picnic
  • Restrooms
  • Kayak/Canoe Launch
  • Boat Ramp